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 800-392-0236 or by email at

Educators Rising Scholarship

Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2021

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 Competitions

Competitions may begin at 8 a.m. on both days of the EdRising Conference. All students will receive their competition date and time to meet with judges by Feb. 26. All students entering a state-level competition must be a paid Active members of national Educators Rising. National dues are $10, paid at

Educators Rising-Missouri offers 17 competitions in 2021. For details, see the 2021 EdRising MO Competition List2021 MO EdRising General Competition Guidelines, and Virtual Competition Norms.

All students who compete on March 10-11 will be entered into a prize drawing. Winners will be announced on the afternoon of March 11.

The top ten state winners in each competition are eligible, but not required, to compete at the virtual Educators Rising National Conference in June. 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.

Competition Entry Deadline: Mon., Jan. 25 at midnight
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 submission details and complete the entry form no later than Jan. 25 at   
    Entrants will receive a confirmation email immediately following their online submission.
  3. Contestants who enter a competition that requires materials submitted in advance of the conference must email their materials and recording to Materials must be received by Feb. 10. All but three competitions require materials and recorded presentations to be submitted in advance this year.
  4. Students will also have a virtual, live meeting with judges on March 10-11.

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. We especially need judges who can host online meetings with students. In addition to one judge per chapter, adult timekeepers are also needed. Judges and timekeepers will not register with your chapter but will complete the online form by Jan. 25.
  4. Register their chapter for the Educators Rising Conference by midnight on Jan. 25Register Now>>
    You may choose to have students complete the Student Registration Form, and turn it in to you so you can complete online registration. 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 4. 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.

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

Educators Rising Conference


March 10-11, 2021 (Competitions)
March 11, 2021 (Keynote and Sessions)

Competitions may begin at 8 a.m. each day.