Educators Rising California

There’s power in teaching

Frequently Asked Questions

Educators Rising is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.
At the national and international level, Educators Rising is sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) and has nearly 1,000 chapters located around the world. The international Educators Rising office links these chapters together by hosting an annual conference, offering teacher leader training sessions, publishing monthly newsletters, and maintaining a website with updated information about what chapters are doing worldwide. In California, Educators Rising California is a partnership with Project Tomorrow. Project Tomorrow offers a program called YouthTEACH2Learn where students learn the basics of becoming a teacher and have a chance to give back to the community by implementing lessons at local schools and clubs. Educators Rising California offers support to California teacher leaders through trainings and communications, hosts annual state conferences, and fields questions from teachers and anyone interested in learning more about Educators Rising.
Educators Rising California is an important complement to a curricular education program. While these programs offer students a “curricular” means of getting a jump on their teacher preparation experience, Educators Rising California is an opportunity for those students to be connected to a larger network of students with similar interests and goals. It also serves as an additional opportunity for those students who might not yet be eligible to enroll in an education course (e.g., freshmen and sophomores), who don’t have room in their schedules for the education elective, who’s school does not offer an education course, or who may not be sure enough that they are interested in teaching to commit to a course. Educators Rising California is a broader opportunity for more students and can serve as a feeder program to the education course. If your school does offer the education pathway, you may want to consider asking the education teacher to serve as the Educators Rising California advisor, since the two can be a great fit together. On top of that, Educators Rising California offers great resources for future teachers and teachers alike.
The principal is encouraged to provide guidance in selecting a chapter teacher leader and promoting the success of the chapter. The principal is also encouraged to be as supportive as possible in approving field trips, fundraisers, etc., and in facilitating means for students to tutor, job shadow, practice teach, etc. The principal’s commitment to a chapter greatly affects its success. More information on the principal’s role in Educators Rising California can be found in the Educators Rising California Handbook for Chapter Advisors.
Selecting the best possible chapter teacher leader is critical to the success of the chapter. It is recommended that this person be a faculty member who is enthusiastic about the profession, a positive role model, and an exemplary leader. Teachers from your school’s education classes or from YouthTEACH2Learn are great chapter teacher leader candidates. More information on the chapter teacher leader’s role in Educators Rising California can be found in the Educators Rising California Handbook for Teacher Leaders.
At the moment, there are no fees to join Educators Rising California or to become a member of Educators Rising at the national level.  You will need to register your students with both the state and national organizations.  You may also need to raise funds to support activities that you decide on in your local chapter.
Step-by-step suggested procedures for generating interest and setting up a chapter are found in the Educators Rising California Handbook for Teacher Leaders. This handbook will guide you through the steps of getting started and provide you with a wealth of resources for running an active, viable chapter.
Click on "How to Start a Chapter" under "Chapters" in the Top navigation menu.