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Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a community-based movement that provides Grow Your Own programming for high school students through the Educators Rising curriculum and embraces teaching as a profession. 

PSEA is proud to be the coordinator for Educators Rising in Pennsylvania because it will be an important part of the Association’s efforts to address the school staff shortage crisis.

Educators Rising offers classroom-ready curriculum, training, and support that help high school students begin their journey to becoming future educators. Teacher leaders who bring an Educators Rising chapter to their school district will create new opportunities for more talented young people to enter the education profession.

If you are interested in bringing an Educators Rising chapter to your school district and/or serving as its teacher leader, please complete the form linked below.

Educators Rising's standards for high school students exploring a career in education

  1. Understanding the profession
  2. Learning about students
  3. Building content knowledge
  4. Engaging in responsive planning
  5. Implementing instruction
  6. Using assessments and data
  7. Engaging in reflective practice

Educators Rising's cross-cutting themes

  1. Cultural competence
  2. Fairness, equity, and diversity
  3. Reflective practice
  4. Ethics
  5. Collaboration
  6. Social justice and advocacy
  7. Self-efficacy


Curriculum overview

The Educators Rising curriculum emphasizes fundamental teaching practices that are critical for high school students to develop and take their first steps on the path to becoming accomplished educators.


Educators Rising provides "Beginning to Teach" micro-credential courses to test the skills students have learned. Each course requires 5-15 minutes of work and awards digital badges on completion. Submission criteria, a research base, recommended resources for preparing a submission, and a scoring rubric is provided for each micro-credential course.

Resources for Educators & Students

Scholarships for high school students

As a partner of PDK International, Educators Rising offers more than 30 scholarships through the PDK Educational Foundation.

PSEA awards scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited teacher preparation program in Pennsylvania through the Lucy A. Valero Memorial Scholarship

Educators Rising national and state conferences

Educators Rising hosts an annual national conference to convene the network of rising educators and teacher leaders to:

  • Connect and learn from each other through breakout sessions
  • Network with other members from across the country
  • Compete for national titles in competitive events designed to allow students to develop and showcase their teaching skills
  • Hear from national education leaders

Pennsylvania looks forward to hosting a statewide conference for chapters in the near future. 

Educators Rising National Honor Society

The Educators Rising Honor Society is a distinction that recognizes academic accomplishments and serves to elevate the image of teaching by highlighting high-achieving high school students who are dedicated to a career path in education.

Student PSEA

Student PSEA is made up of 7,000 collegiate aspiring educators. High school students previously enrolled in Educators Rising are invited to join Student PSEA after they graduate and begin a teacher preparation program at a Pennsylvania college or university. 

Meet Your State Coordinator

Dr. Christopher M. Clayton, Sr., Pennsylvania State Coordinator
Phone: (717) 255-7028

Dr. Clayton, Sr., serves as PSEA's Assistant Director of Education Services. He is responsible for providing support to over 177,000 PSEA members on issues involving teacher certification, student achievement, pedagogical best practices, and research in teaching and learning. He also directs the Student PSEA Aspiring Educator program.

  • Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education and Ed.S. in Education Leadership, Administration, and Policy from The University of Georgia
  • Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University
  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • Previous high school English and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge teacher and coach in southern California and Washington state
  • Previous district administrator and Director of Curriculum and Instruction in a large metro-Atlanta school district with 138 schools and over 100,000 students