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Substitute Teachers' Committee Members

The committee members for the 2021-2022 school year are:
Heather Wright, Chair
Sam Cheng
Brian Game
Tess Jorgensen
Alexandra Schoen
Sandra Shwaykosky
Michael Sookochoff

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If you are an Edmonton Public substitute teacher requiring assistance regarding your employment of the Collective Agreement, you can contact Catherine LeBlanc, the Local's Executive Staff Officer, by email or phone (780-455-2164). You can also direct inquiries and comments towards the Substitute Teachers' Committee Chair at

Are you missing out on Local notifications? If so, please email to ensure we have your home email address on file. Alternately, you can complete and return the form found HERE.

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General Meetings

Notices and meeting materials are updated when they become available.

May 12, 2022 - sign up through Eventbrite HERE
Notice of Meeting/Agenda
February 17, 2022 Minutes

February 17, 2022
Notice of Meeting/Agenda
October 7, 2021 Minutes
February Announcements

October 7, 2021
Notice of Meeting/Agenda
May 20, 2021 Minutes

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021 Agenda
Report from the Chair
February 17, 2021 Minutes
Returning Officers' Report

February 17, 2021
February 17, 2021 Notice
October 8, 2020 Minutes

October 8, 2020
October 8, 2020 Notice
February 20, 2020 Minutes

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Professional Resources for Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teachers' Online PD Day - May 2, 2022

Zoom in and join your colleagues on May 2, 2022, for an online PD Day offering three sessions: “Let’s Talk About Identity, Power, and Privilege”; “Our Shared History, Our Shared Future: A Brief Introduction to Treaties”; and “Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Schools”. The day will run from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Sign up through Eventbrite HERE.

ATA Substitute Teachers' Conference

The provincial Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) hosts an annual conference for Substitute Teachers in late October. For complete conference information and registration, visit the ATA's site HERE.

Committee Resources

Work in progress. Mind the dust and check back later!

Past Presentations

ATA Publications ATA Library Books
  • Substitute Teacher Handbook - Secondary 9-12; ISBN 1890563056
  • The Organized Teacher’s Guide to Substitute Teaching, Grades K-8; ISBN 9781260453539
  •  Substitute Teaching: Everything You Need for Success; ISBN 9781610489423
  • Substitute Teaching from A to Z; ISBN 0071496327
  •  Substitute Teaching?; ISBN 9781551383125
  • Classroom Management Guide for Substitute Teachers; ISBN 9781478707950
  • Substitute Teachers: Professional Replacements; ISBN 9781897196465

The ATA Library has an extensive selection of resources for all members. To access the ATA Library site, click HERE.

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COVID-19 Supports

Teaching in a pandemic requires more teachers. With many contracted teachers becoming ill or quarantining, substitute teachers are assuming significant risk as they parachute into classrooms in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Substitute teachers working in Alberta are required to sign off on a COVID-19 hazard assessment and perform daily screening before entering a school. If they exhibit symptoms, they need to declare themselves unavailable until they are cleared to return to work. Without contracts, these teachers do not have sick leave or benefits. Therefore, if they become ill or display symptoms of COVID-19, they often cannot work for ten days.

Substitute teachers are indispensable to their learning communities, but just like contracted teachers, they are vulnerable to being intensely affected and possibly damaged by their work.

More than ever, the mental health of all teachers is profoundly impacted by the work they do. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified this impact on some of our colleagues more than others, most notably substitute teachers. Recognizing early warning signs and seeking early intervention is essential. Regrettably, many substitute teachers are without group insurance benefits; therefore, access to support might seem out of reach.

If you are a substitute teacher, there is mental health support for you.

The  Mental Health Help Line is available Alberta wide.

If you are a substitute teacher, you may be eligible for federal support programs, including the following:

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