Educators Rising national competitions are performance-based events in which young, aspiring educators demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and leadership in teaching. With a blend of individual and team events, competitions are authentic and engaging opportunities for rising educators to stretch their creativity, commitment, and professionalism.
The interactions and feedback rising educators receive from competition judges are major highlights of their learning experience and leadership journey. Judges’ scores and written comments will be shared with competitors, so that they can learn and grow from their experience.
Educators Rising is currently seeking education and business professionals to serve as on-site judges for the national competitions. All competitions involve on-site student presentations. The deadline to apply to be a judge is March 2, 2020.
If you are selected to be a judge, you will be required to take part in online training prior to the event and in person training at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC on Thursday, June 18, from 10 to 12 p.m. ET. Please ensure your availability for the entirety of the June 18–20 judging if you choose to submit an application.
In addition to the trainings mentioned above, here is some additional information on expectations for judges :
The final rounds of all competitions will take place Thursday, June 18, thru Saturday, June 20, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.
On June 18, you will be needed from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, with multiple breaks scheduled throughout the day.
On June 19, you will be needed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, with multiple breaks scheduled throughout the day.
On June 20, you will be needed from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time, with multiple breaks scheduled throughout the day.
All competitions have panels of two or three judges.
Some competitions include "pre-scoring" for submitted artifacts prior to the conference. If you agree to judge one of the competitions with pre-scoring, you are committing to participate in the on-site judging for that event as well on June 18-20. Pre-scoring is expected to take place online in May and June 2020.
To qualify as a judge, you must be a college student enrolled as an education major, a current or former educator, or a current or former professional with an interest in mentoring future educators. All potential judges must provide brief biographical information on the judge's application form. Preference will be given to PDK Association, Pi Lambda Theta and Educators Rising Collegiate members, as well as those with previous Educators Rising judging experience.
Is there any training or advanced preparation?
Yes. Rubrics, timelines, and directions for checking in will be provided by email approximately two weeks prior to judging. Judges will also attend a mandatory online training session prior to the event and in person training on Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time at the Educators Rising National Conference.
Do I have to attend the Educators Rising National Conference? May I attend?
Judges are required to be at the [Educators Rising National Conference] at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. This is where the June 18 training and June 18-20 judging take place. Registration fees are waived, and complimentary lunches are provided on June 19 and 21. Judging takes up most of the conference. Judges are welcome to attend conference programming on Sunday, June 21, including the closing awards ceremony. All competitions will be completed by around lunchtime on Saturday, June 20, and after submitting final scoring reports, judges’ obligations are fulfilled.
Is housing included?
No. Those who need housing must make their own sleeping arrangements. Although we cannot reimburse you for hotel expenses, a discounted group rate is available at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. To access the discounted rate, use this link to reserve your room online.
May I volunteer to judge more than one competition?
Unfortunately, due to the structure of the competitions, judges can only judge one competition.
When will I be notified if I am selected as a judge?
We will notify you by email by March 9 if you have been selected as a competition judge. You will have until March 23 to accept the invitation.
Does Educators Rising reimburse expenses?
No. Unfortunately, Educators Rising is not able to cover any travel expenses or per diem costs.