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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.

Educators Rising Teacher Leaders: join us for the monthly meeting every third Tuesday at 4 p.m. Join meeting.

2024 Pennsylvania Educators Rising Conference

The first annual Pennsylvania Educators Rising Conference will be held on Friday, April 19 at Millersville University. Registration is free and opens in early February. Lunch will be provided. Attendees will: 

  • Participate in professional development breakout sessions;
  • Hear from a Student PSEA panel about what to expect as a first-year college student;
  • Hear from Sabreena Shaller, NEA's Aspiring Educators Chair; and
  • Hear from keynote speaker Elizabeth Raff, 2022 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

There will be three competitions for students interested in competing at the conference. Two individual competitions (only 1 student) and one team competition (at least two students, no more than four students). Review the competitions with your students so they can begin preparing for the conference to compete.

Interested in attending the 2024 Educators Rising National Confernece? Click here or scroll down for more information.

Meet the 2024 Pennsylvania Educators Rising Conference keynote speaker, Elizabeth Raff.

Elizabeth Raff is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who sparks excitement and creativity in classrooms. She propels students and teachers to be lifelong learners by using unique classroom engagement strategies. Elizabeth serves as the Elementary Learning Facilitator in the Penn Manor School District, supporting teachers across seven elementary schools to improve instruction and student achievement. Before her current role, she spent over a decade in the classroom as a 4th and 6th grade elementary school teacher. 

In her role as 2022 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, she traveled Pennsylvania and the nation, meeting and collaborating with education stakeholders, advocating for the profession by working with legislators, supporting pre-service teachers, and learning from her national state teacher of the year cohort. 

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

2024 Educators Rising National Conference

The 2024 Educators Rising National Conference is scheduled to take place June 28-July 1, 2024, in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Marquis. This year’s theme will be Discovering Your Potential.

It’s a unique opportunity for students and their teacher leaders to:

  • Connect and learn from each other through more than 40 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; and
  • Be inspired by keynote presentations from national education leaders.

Download the 2024 Educators Rising National Conference tentative schedule. 

Download the National Competition overview. 

Download the checklist for applying to the 2024 National Conference.

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. 

SWR Student PSEA’s Teacher Leader Institute (TLI)

Join Student PSEA's Southwestern Region for the 2024 Teacher Leadership Institute Education Conference on Saturday, April 13 at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. Attendees will network with fellow aspiring educators, participate in a PSEA-PACE raffle, and more. 

Educators Rising in Action

Educators Rising in Pennsylvania Bylaws

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