Educators Rising

Educators Rising-Missouri Scholarship

EdRisingApplication deadline: Feb. 19, 2020

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

Eligibility: Applicants must be a Missouri high school senior 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.

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Educators Rising-Missouri Conference

University of Missouri-Columbia
Memorial Union, Columbia, MO

Wed., March 4, 2020
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Fee: $30 per person (student or advisor), includes lunch
Registration Deadline: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020         
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In addition to competitions, the program offers:

  • Keynote speaker Rachael Wilcox, 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year finalist, addressing socio-emotional learning and educating the whole child
  • Table talks on a variety of topics with professional educators, serving in a variety of roles.
  • Presentation on campus life by MU ambassadors
  • Information on other educator preparation programs in Missouri
  • Tours of the University of Missouri College of Education
  • Competitions open to spectators (some exceptions)
  • An opportunity for seniors to meet other students planning to attend the same college

The agenda will be scheduled based on the competition entries received. Thus, the final agenda will not be published until after Jan. 22.

Competitions may begin at 8 a.m. for schools within 100 miles of Columbia. The competition lineup and conference agenda will be based on entries received. The first general session will start around 9:45 a.m., exact time TBD. The conference agenda and competition schedule will be emailed to teacher leaders no later than Feb. 14. Please watch your email for details. The keynote speaker and announcement of competition winners will wrap up the day, and will be scheduled last on the agenda to end at 5 p.m.

Students who do not enter a competition are encouraged to attend the conference.

Educators Rising-Missouri Competitions 
Educators Rising-Missouri take entries for all 19 competitions in 2020. Online entry forms must be received by midnight, Jan. 22. For details, see the 2020 Competition List and Requirements and 2020 General Competition Information.

All students who compete on March 4 will be entered into a prize drawing. 

The top five state winners in each competition are eligible, but not required, to compete at the Educators Rising National Conference in June. 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: Tues, Jan. 22
We recommend that students do not wait until the last day to enter. The entry deadline will not be extended.

Students must…

  1. Read submission details and complete the entry form no later than Jan. 22 at
    Entrants will receive a confirmation email following their online submission with important links and details. 

  2. Contestants who enter a competition which requires materials submitted in advance of the conference will receive an email with a link to upload their materials by the Friday after they submit the entry form. All materials must be uploaded no later than Tues., Jan. 28.

Teachers/Advisors must...

  1. Email a completed Chapter Competition Planner to by Jan. 22.

  2. Chapters with students entering competitions must bring one judge with them. Judges should not register with your chapter. Instead, judges and timekeepers should complete the online form at by Jan. 22. Judges and timekeepers may attend the conference at no charge. Lunch will be provided for you free of charge.  

  3. Register their chapter for the Educators Rising Conference by midnight Jan. 22. Register Now>>
    You may choose to have students complete the Student Registration Form, and turn in to you so you can complete online registration. Students who submit a competition entry form must also register to attend the conference. 

  4. Teacher leaders may pay fees for your chapter by purchase order, check or credit card. Purchase orders must be received by Feb. 28. 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

Review criteria and rubrics for each competition >>  


What is Educators Rising?

Educators Rising allows students in grades 7-12 to explore careers in education, an important step in preparing quality teachers for tomorrow’s schools. Phi Delta Kappa 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

Individual students now join EdRising as part of a school chapter or as individuals in schools without a chapter. To join, go to
. To register your chapter, you go to, click on 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 put them into your chapter. 

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 Leone Herring, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at leone.herring    

If you have questions about the EdRising Training or becoming a EdRising advisor, contact Ann Jarrett at 800-392-0236 or by email at

Here is a 3-minute video tour of the EdRising Virtual Campus. Please watch it and share with your students: 

atured Speaker: Linda Glasgow, 2016 Missouri Teacher of the Year

Glasgow is a third-grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary School in Blue Springs.  Now in her 30th year in education, Glasgow is lauded by her peers for the ability to get the most out of students while sharing her knowledge with teachers and parents.

 “Linda Glasgow has a unique thirst for learning and positively impacts students each and every year,” said Blue Springs Superintendent Dr. Jim Finley. “She is a leader, mentor and collaborator, and she inspires those around her through her example. “

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