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Substitute Teacher Issues

Substitute teachers play an essential role in our students‘ education and in making it possible for educators to survive CPS, being able to take days for professional development, personal business or take care of their health or that of family members. Substitute teachers have an especially difficult job, walking into classrooms day after day where they don’t have the advantage of long-standing relationships with students or the instructional arc of a unit plan. Below are resources to support these essential educators.

Substitute Teachers Handbook

The Chicago Teachers Union worked diligently to ensure that CPS produced this important document to provide guidance, support and expectations for substitute teachers.

Join the Displaced and Substitute Teachers Committee

The Displaced and Substitute Teachers Committee was established in 2010 to address the needs of members who are displaced from closed positions and/or who are substituting in classrooms. Currently the chair is Burma Green and the staff liaison is Sara Echevarría, Director of the Grievance Department. For more information, please email Sara Echevarría. Click the button below to download the committee application form, which is to be completed and returned to President Jesse Sharkey for approval and assignment.

Find Your Union Representatives

Your union field representative and organizer have your back. Find out which staff members are assigned to your school.

Current Contract

Your contract is powerful… if you use it! Union staff will help you learn and back you up every step of the way.

COVID19 Info & Action

Learn more about how CTU is working with Chicago Public Schools to make sure our schools are safe and secure. Learn more and take action to demand emergency response from CPS and the mayor.

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