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​News Release: Educators Rising Standards to Debut at June 22 Release Event at NEA Headquarters

June 01, 2016


Arlington, Va., June 1, 2016 — The journey to accomplished teaching is a marathon. What should the first steps look like? Educators Rising Standards — developed by practitioners convened by Educators Rising with support from NEA and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards — are the teaching profession’s answer to this vital question. The new standards, set for release on June 22, will form the bedrock for new, high-school-based “Grow Your Own” pipeline programs across the country.

Join student voices, practitioners, and education sector leaders for an interactive discussion on breakthrough innovations in teacher recruitment and preparation to mark the release of Educators Rising Standards. The event will take place on June 22 at National Education Association, News Conference Room, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. It will begin at 10 a.m. ET and end at noon ET.

Register here to attend.



  • John Stocks, Executive Director, National Education Association

Educators Rising Standards

  • Dan Brown, NBCT, Co-Director, Educators Rising
  • Kristin Hamilton, NBCT, Senior Director, Standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Panel #1: On the Ground with Rising Educators

  • Leah Lechleiter-Luke, Teacher, Mauston School District (WI), 2010 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, Educators Rising Standards Committee member
  • Aubrey Gray, National Student Vice President, Educators Rising
  • Chelsey Jo Herrig, Chair, NEA Student Program
  • Kate Kreamer, Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE

Panel #2: Systems-Level Solutions for Elevating Recruitment & Increasing Diversity

  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association
  • Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Sharon Robinson, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D., CEO, PDK International


  • Andy Coons, NBCT, Senior Director, Center for Great Public Schools, National Education Association

Register here to attend.


About Educators Rising

Educators Rising — powered by PDK International — 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. Learn more at