Who We Are : OSTA working for you!

Newsletter Mailing Party - August 23, 2010Oregon Substitute Teachers Association is a professional organization of Oregon substitute teachers. Since 1975 we have worked to raise the image and professionalism of substitute teachers and to gain economic benefits. It is the only organization working primarily for substitutes.

Each fall in October an annual statewide conference is held, featuring speakers to help and inspire substitute teachers –new curriculum, classroom management, subject area ideas, and problem-solving.

We publish newsletters and brochures to keep members abreast of educational opportunities, licensure rules, the PERS retirement system, and legislation. Executive board meetings are held three or four times a year to plan the fall conference, set priorities, and address issues regarding substitute teachers and the school districts. Any OSTA member is welcome to attend.
  • In the Oregon Legislature we have introduced bills affecting substitute teacher salary, working hours, unemployment, retirement, and due process.
  • Oregon Substitute Teacher Day is proclaimed each year by the Governor to be during Teacher Appreciation Week in early May.
  • The Oregon Substitute Teacher of the Year is selected from outstanding substitute teachers nominated by their schools throughout Oregon.
  • The Oregon daily minimum salary for substitute teachers is set by the legislature at 85% of the average beginning teacher.; A substitute cannot be paid for less than a half day. Work beyond a half day becomes a whole day.  After ten days in one assignment, the substitute teacher is paid the daily salary of a beginning teacher in the district. Oregon requires all substitutes to be licensed through Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. Renewal requirements are currently being revised, please check their website for up Substitute teachers who work at least 600 hours per year are members of the state retirement system.
These benefits have been gained because of OSTA—substitute teachers like yourself throughout the state supporting and speaking for their profession. Your support is needed.

President Liz  & VP Joey