Friday, March 13, 2020
at Southern New Hampshire University's
School of Education
*2020 Competition Categories will be released soon!
Educators Rising NH 2019 Competition Categories:
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE- PRE-K- individual or dual
This competition offers Educators Rising students the opportunity to try out that identity as an author and an educator. General Information The book may be written and illustrated by one individual (the author/illustrator) or two individuals (an author and an illustrator). Assistance with illustrations using graphic design, computer animation, or other artist assistance is permissible for the artwork of the book. Using images from the web requires acquisition and proof of appropriate permissions and copyrights. The participant will prepare the original short story book format designed for a pre-kindergarten audience (ages 3-4).
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE- K-3- individual or dual
This competition offers Educators Rising students the opportunity to try out that identity as an author and an educator. General Information The book may be written and illustrated by one individual (the author/illustrator) or two individuals (an author and an illustrator). Assistance with illustrations using graphic design, computer animation, or other artist assistance is permissible for the artwork of the book. Using images from the web requires acquisition and proof of appropriate permissions and copyrights. The participant will prepare the original short story book format designed for a kindergarten- third grade audience (ages 5-8).
CREATIVE LECTURE- individual
TED Talks have become one of the most influential contributions to the Internet, garnering over a billion views. These creative lectures present bold ideas often through personal lenses and have elevated a public speaking format that has been replicated across the world. The Creative Lecture Competition 2019 Prompt: The 2018 PDK poll reported that parents lack strong confidence that schools can protect their children against school shootings, but favor armed police, mental health screenings, and metal detectors more than arming teachers to protect their children. What changes must our education system make to increase parents’ confidence that their children will be safe in school?
EDUCATORS RISING MOMENT- individual
Students participating in this competition will compose and deliver a speech that is 2-4 minutes in length. The speech must be about the speaker’s personal experience that articulates why they aim to pursue a career in education and illustrates the power of being an educator.
ETHICAL DILEMMA- team
In this competition, the chapter must debate an ethical education-related dilemma. This competition requires members to think deeply about an ethical issue, employ critical-thinking skills, and use persuasive communication techniques to collaboratively debate an ethical dilemma. To participate, each member of the chapter must first thoroughly consider the ethical issue and begin to form an individual position on the topic. Then the chapter members must debate the topic together, listening carefully to each other’s opinions. Through the discussion, the chapter members must come to a consensus on the topic and then prepare a 10-minute live presentation stating their chapter’s view. The chapter must work as a team to develop the live, 10-minute presentation and then select at least two and no more than four students from the chapter to present the chapter’s opinion and how it was reached to a panel of judges at the National Conference.
Exploring Support Services Careers- individual
Interested Educators Rising students will select one specialized instructional-support professional that works within their school district and will receive permission from the professional to job shadow him/her for a total of eight hours. The eight hours are not expected to be consecutive; rather they are accumulated over a period of several days or weeks and occur when the professional is actively engaged in his/her work.Contestants will complete and submit when registering for the competition, the following two (2) career-exploration documents:
Professional’s verification form
Contestants will also create a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation not to exceed seven minutes which will be presented in front of a panel of judges, followed by a discussion featuring questions from the judges.
Examples of support services careers are: Librarian, Speech-Language Pathologist, Vision Specialist, School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist
Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers- individual
When most people hear the word “teacher,” they think of an educator in a classroom leading a lesson on English language arts, math, science, or social students. However, these core subjects are only a few of the career opportunities for creative teachers. This competition offers students the opportunity to shadow and learn from highly skilled educators whose work takes place outside the core subjects.
Some examples of non-core-subject teachers include: agriculture, bookkeeping, accounting, business, cooperative education, health education, health occupations, family and consumer sciences, technology education, marketing education, trades and industry, computer science, driver education, journalism, outdoor education, physical education, psychology, sociology, speech, business data/processing, and library science.
Interested Educators Rising students will select one host teacher that works in their state and will receive permission from the professional to job shadow him/her for a total of eight hours. The eight hours are not expected to be consecutive; rather they are accumulated over a period of several days or weeks and occur when the host teacher is actively engaged in his/her work.
JOB INTERVIEW- individual
The Job Interview Competition is an opportunity for Educators Rising members to develop and practice their interview skills, as well as cover letter and résumé writing skills. In this competition, entrants apply for a position as a paraprofessional (a link to position description can be found below). This includes submitting a cover letter explaining why the entrant is a good candidate for the position, as well as a résumé that details relevant work, volunteer, and educational experiences.
Judges will review the cover letters and résumés and — just like any job application/interview process —candidates will be interviewed for a paraprofessional position. Interviews will take place on-site at the Educators Rising National Conference. The judges will act as the school district’s hiring committee and will ask questions of the job candidates one at a time. The candidate who submits the strongest cover letter and résumé and performs the best in the interview will be honored as the winner at the Educators Rising National Conference.
PUBLIC SPEAKING- individual
Students participating in this competition will compose and deliver a speech of approximately 400 to 600 words (three to five minutes when spoken aloud) on the assigned topic. Contestants will be delivering their speech in front of on-site judges.
Assigned Topic: In 2015, the United State Department of Education released the “Equitable Access to Excellent Educators” report which provided state-level data and plans for addressing the equity gap in education. The equity gap represents differences between the rate at which students from low-income families or students of color are educated by excellent educators and the rate at which other students are educated by excellent educators. The report revealed that students in high-poverty and high-minority schools are disproportionately taught by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers. How can school systems better understand and make progress on advancing educational equity for under served youth?
RESEARCHING LEARNING CHALLENGES- team
Team members will collaborate on a research-supported position paper, which will be no shorter than four full pages and no longer than six full pages, to offer their recommendations. The position paper must include cited references (MLA, APA, or Chicago style are acceptable) and a works cited sheet, which will not count toward the four-to-six-page length requirement. (Also, the title page doesn’t count toward the length requirement. If you are unable to reach the minimum length required, resume the research process — there is a lot of quality material out there on this topic.) The position paper will be submitted with the competition application and will be scored by judges prior to the national conference.
Team members should research intellectual disabilities and best practices to support the education of students with intellectual disabilities. You are encouraged to embark on this research using traditional sources as well as primary sources (ex. conducting interviews with individuals impacted by this disability or professionals who support individuals with this disability, etc.). Then team members should discuss the research in order to determine recommendations for their paper and presentation.
Registration fee is $10 per person.
Go to the Educators Rising Virtual Campus to look at the competition guidelines and rubrics for each event.
You are limited to entering TWO competitions.
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