Subbing out Teachers: A Solutions Summit

November 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lansing Community College - Michigan Room
409 N Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Center for Michigan
Today, more than 2,500 classrooms in Michigan are led by long-term substitutes, impacting up to 50,000 students across the state – a tenfold increase over the number of long-term subs since 2012.
Bridge Magazine broke the story and now wants you to weigh in.
What drove this exponential rise in reliance on long-term substitutes? Does it have an impact on student outcomes? Where should we go from here?

These questions and more will be tackled during the evening's two panels of experts, administrators, and education professionals, moderated by the Bridge Magazine reporters who broke this story and captured the public’s attention.

Take part in this solutions-oriented conversation from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, November 7th in the Michigan Room at Lansing Community College! Doors open at 5, and a light dinner will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged but not mandatory.

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 to amplify resident ideas.

Stay tuned for the announcement of additional panelists!

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 of 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. Pamela Pugh, Vice President, State Board of Education

  • Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University

About Bridge's Subbing out Teachers series:

Mike Wilkinson and Ron French, Bridge Magazine's data and education reporters, uncovered the exponential rise in long-term substitutes statewide this August. Upon publication, their stories lead to a call for greater examination of this previously undiscussed trend and its impacts. This Solutions Summit is our response to that public desire, pushing this conversation forward.

For our full coverage, visit

About the Center:

The Center for Michigan is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “citizenship company” that works to magnify Michiganders voices straight to Lansing. And your voices are being heard! Legislators have made major changes in response to citizen sentiment collected in our campaigns, from the nation’s largest preschool expansion to decreased business taxes and corrections spending to deeper investment in the state’s famed Pure Michigan campaign.

To learn more about the Center for Michigan and our decade of citizen engagement campaigns, please visit For a full list of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine’s funders, please visit

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