Educators Rising Association

What is Educators Rising?

Educators Rising allows students in grades 7-12 to explore careers in education, which is an important step in preparing quality teachers for tomorrow’s schools. PDK International is the national sponsor of EdRising, and Missouri NEA is the state coordinator. To find out more about Educators Rising-Missouri, download the information packet

EdRising is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a career and technical student organization.  Schools that offer a state-approved career and technical education program of study can receive funds through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006. For more information on establishing education and training career cluster courses, you should contact Theresa Struemph, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at


To register your chapter, you go to, click "Join the Network." Select Teacher/Administrator, then choose either "Start a New Program" or "Affiliate Existing Program." Enter your information. Now you are set up for your students to join. Each student registers themselves on the site, including their school, which will add them to your school chapter. 


Join EdRising as part of a school chapter or as an individual if your school does not have a chapter. To join, go to

If you have questions about the EdRising Training or becoming an EdRising advisor, contact Ann Jarrett at

Educators Rising Scholarship

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2023

or if mailed, postmarked by Jan. 24. 

This scholarship is established to encourage and support high school students wishing to become teachers. This is a $500 scholarship.  

Eligibility: Applicants must be Missouri high-school seniors planning to attend a college with an education or pre-education program to pursue a career in teaching, and a member of the Educator Rising Association. Applicants must be in the top 20 percent of their class, and if 18, be a registered voter.

Download scholarship application

Educators Rising Missouri State Conference and Competitions 2023

Educators Rising 2023Westminster College

March 15, 2023 

Deadline to Register: Jan. 25

Fee: $25 per person (student or advisor)
All payments or purchase orders are due by March 3. 

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Want to be an exhibitor/sponsor at this conference? Sign up today >

If you have any questions about registration, contact Laurie Bernskoetter ( at (573) 644-9623. 

Contests and Competitions Information

Competition Entry Form Deadline: Jan. 25

Submit all materials required in advance by emailing by midnight Jan. 31.

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Students may enter up to two events. If a student is a presenter for a chapter competition, that counts as an event entry. All students entering a Missouri competition must pay national dues of $10 by Feb. 1. Missouri offers all national competitions and contests this year EXCEPT we are not offering Impromptu Lesson Plan.  

Each chapter bringing students to compete needs to recruit and bring a judge. Judges must be able to access materials from the internet before the event and join an online judge's training before the conference. Judges can be current college students. Register as a judge or timekeeper/room monitor >

All students competing must also register to attend the conference by Jan. 25.

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All students will receive their competition date and time to meet with judges by March 3. All students entering a state-level competition must be a paid active member of the National Educators Rising. National dues are $10, and they can be paid at (deadline Jan. 31)

Educators Rising-Missouri offers 18 competitions in 2023. For details, see the Missouri EdRising General Competition Guidelines.

The top ten state winners in each competition are eligible, but not required, to compete at the Educators Rising National Conference. The 2023 Educators Rising Conference will be June 29 - July 2 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. This year's theme is "Serving Our Community." Students who wish to enter a competition or contest that Missouri is not offering this year may enter the national competition/contest.

Any student who intends to apply for the Educators Rising Missouri $500 scholarship needs to enter a competition, as this enhances their scholarship application.

We recommend that students do not wait until the last day to enter. The entry deadline will not be extended.

Students must…

  1. Students who enter a competition must also register to attend the conference by Jan. 25.
  2. Read the submission details and complete the entry form no later than Jan. 25.
  3. Contestants who enter a competition that requires materials to be submitted in advance of the conference must email their materials and recordings to Files should be labeled with the following format: LastName.FirstInitial.competition.material.2023. Example: Jarrett.A.ExplAdmin.Interview.2023. 

Teachers/Advisors must...

  1. Register to attend the conference by Jan. 25.
  2. Email a completed Chapter Competition Planner to by Jan. 25.
  3. Chapters with students entering competitions must recruit at least one judge. Judges must be able to join online meetings and view documents online. In addition to one judge per chapter, adult timekeepers are also needed. Judges and timekeepers will not register with your chapter, but will complete this online form by Jan. 25.
  4. Register their chapter for the Educators Rising Conference by midnight Jan. 25. Students who submit a competition entry form must also register to attend the conference. 
  5. Teacher leaders may pay fees for your chapter by purchase order, check, or credit card. Purchase orders must be received by March 3. If paying by credit card, the card is charged when the online registration is completed. If you want individual students to be able to pay by personal credit card, they can register online as an individual, but students cannot attend without a teacher leader.

Detailed competition information, requirements, and scoring guides can be accessed on the National Educators Rising website at, under Student Resources.

If you have any questions please call Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623, or email her at

Entrants grant the Missouri National Education Association, the state coordinator of Educators Rising Missouri, the right to post photos of students for promotional purposes on websites, social media, and printed materials. Entrants may not make any requests about their competition time.

Introduction to Educators Rising (previously recorded)

This session is for educators and districts creating or expanding a Grow Your Own Educators program. Explore the menu of Educators Rising resources for teacher leaders and students. 

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Inside Our Schools Competition Explaination Video

This two-minute video explains the Inside Our Schools competition, referenced in the Introduction to Educators Rising previously recorded session. Watch Now >

EdRising Intro Video
Recorded May 10, 2022. 52-minute recording