Educators Rising California

There’s power in teaching


Educators Rising California state competitions provided students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills, as well as their knowledge and skills related to future careers in education. The state level competitions are aligned to the Educators Rising national competitions. The top three places in each competition are eligible to compete at the Educators Rising National Conference.

2017 Educators Rising California State Competition Categories

Children’s Literature K-3

This competition challenges students to think of themselves as teachers and storytellers to create an original book, written and illustrated, for a kindergarten-through-third grade audience. The premise of the competition is that children’s book authors — like educators — help young people understand inner truths and to make sense of the world.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Samantha Lee, Canyon High School, “Do You Want a Colored Ear?”
2nd Place: Michelle Tse, Clovis North High School, “One Dollar”
3rd Place: Lauren Lienau, Clovis North High School, “The Best Things in Life”
Honorable Mention: Emelia Cameron, Clovis High School, “How to Write a Book”

Project Tomorrow’s Director of Advancement, Greg Nicholson, presents certificates to 2nd place Michelle Tse and 3rd place Lauren Lienau.

Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM

This competition challenges young educators to plan and deliver a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students. Students had to submit a written lesson plan, a short video of their classroom delivery and a reflection piece on what was learned from the experience that will help him/her become a better teacher.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Noor Alomair, Sarah Downey, Libby Schmid, Claudia Vidal, and Andrew Woolfrey, Canyon High School, “Window into the Solar System”
2nd Place: Kyle Chamblin, Madera High School, “Proof Behind the Area of a Triangle”
3rd Place: Izzy Johnson, Rachel Madain, Makenzie Shellenbaum-Kersten, Justin Smith, Canyon High School, “The Solar System”

3rd place Kyle Chamblin being congratulated by his mentor and teacher Mrs.Bergdahl.

Creative Lecture

It’s time for you to give your TED Talk. Not sure what that is? Check out some of the most viewed TED Talks here: In 2017, the Creative Lecture Competition will offer ambitious, fearless, bold-thinking students a platform for sharing their ideas in a format that has been embraced by intellectual society.
The topic for the 2017 Creative Lecture Competition is SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Luis Diaz, Century High School
2nd Place: Healani Barbee, Artesia High School
3rd Place: Sarah Downey, Canyon High School

Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans presents, 1st place winner Luis Diaz and Teacher Leader James Oveson with competition awards.