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 Samantha Hayes at (573) 644-9625. 

State Conference and Competitions

WED., MARCH 6, 2024

Westminster College    
Fulton, MO 


Deadline to Register: Jan. 31

Fee: $15 per person    


Students who do not compete are encouraged to attend. In addition to competitions, the program offers:

  • Keynote speaker: 2024 Missouri Teacher of the Year Greg Kester. 
  • College Life Panel.
  • Table talks with professional educators in a variety of professional roles and topics.
  • Exhibits by educator preparation programs in Missouri.
  • Break-out sessions.
  • Some competitions will be open to spectators.

The agenda will be scheduled based on the competition entries received. Thus, the final agenda will not be published until after Feb. 26. Competitions may begin at 8:30 a.m. each day, and the end time will be determined by the number of entries received. We do not expect to be finished until late afternoon.  Please watch your email for details.

Questions?  Contact  at (573) 644-9623.





Competition Entry Form Deadline: Jan. 31

Competitions: Varsity (grades 11-12), Junior Varsity (grades 9-10), Middle School (grades 7-8), and Collegiate 

Submit all required materials for Advance Judging/Pre-Scoring to Laurie Bernskoetter at by 5 PM Feb. 9, 2024.

Competition Entry FORM



More Information

Educators Rising Scholarship

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

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

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 >