Roughly 2,500 Michigan classrooms are led by long-term substitute teachers, impacting up to 50,000 students across the state ‒ a tenfold increase over the number of long-term subs since 2012.
Bridge Magazine first reported this troubling trend and now wants you to weigh in.
What drove this exponential rise in generally uncertified teachers teaching students throughout the school year? Does it have an impact on student outcomes? How should the state address this issue?
These questions and more will be tackled at a Bridge Magazine public event on Nov. 7 in Lansing. Panels featuring state and national experts will be there, with the event moderated by the Bridge reporters who broke this story.
Take part in this free, solutions-oriented conversation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Michigan Room at Lansing Community College. Doors open at 5, and a light dinner will be provided.
Get your ticket for this can’t miss conversation here: bit.ly/SubSummit
After the panels, it’s your chance to have your voice heard! There will be a Citizen Sound-Off, where you have the opportunity to let us know what you think about the rise in long-term substitutes. What you share with us will be incorporated into a Substitute Teacher Citizen Agenda, a report we will deliver to the state Legislature in January 2020 to amplify resident ideas.
PANEL 1 - Tracking the Trend: How Long-Term Subs Rates Exploded and Why that Matters
Moderator: Mike Wilkinson, Bridge Magazine’s data reporter
- Dr. Elizabeth Birr Moje, Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Education
- Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, Michigan Education Association
- Molly Sweeney, Organizing Director, 482Forward
PANEL 2 - No Substitutions: Real Solutions for Michigan's Reliance on Long-Term Subs
Moderator: Ron French, Bridge Magazine’s education reporter
- Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Superintendent
- Dr. Robert Kimball, GVSU's Associate Vice President for Charter Schools
- Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University
- Dr. Pamela Pugh, Vice President, State Board of Education
Wilkinson and French uncovered the rise in long-term substitutes statewide in August. Upon publication, their stories led to a call for greater examination of this previously undiscussed trend and its impacts. This Solutions Summit is our response to that public debate, and you can help us push this conversation forward.
For our full coverage, click here.