EDUCATORS RISING STATE CONFERENCE @ NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

February 19, 2020

This year's state conference was jam packed with competitions, a keynote from our 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, and a variety of sessions that students and teachers were able to choose from! This conference served as the official qualifier for national competitions.  


Open to teachers, high school/college students, higher ed, etc. proposals for sessions were selected by NSU and included a rich variety of topics ranging STEM, equity, classroom strategies and much more! 


If you are a representative of a university and looking to host a regional or state Educators Rising conference OR looking to attend one,  contact Kimberly Eckert for more details.  

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COMPETITION INFORMATION

Educators Rising Louisiana follows all guidelines set forth by Educators Rising.  Read more about competitions to get an idea of what to expect by clicking below.   
For any competition not offered at our state conference, regional placings can serve as a qualifier for nationals.  Students do NOT need a regional competition to compete at state.

 

THIS YEAR'S COMPETITIONS

EDUCATORS RISING MOMENT

The purpose of the Educators Rising Moment Competition is to provide students at the Educators Rising National Conference opportunities to articulate why they aim to pursue a career in education.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Self-composure, confidence, and the ability to clearly articulate and communicate information are valuable skills for all educators. The Public Speaking Competition is designed to highlight students who demonstrate these qualities by combining thoughtful preparation and confident delivery into an interesting presentation on a current education topic.


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.

CREATIVE LECTURE (TED TALK)

Storytelling and effective oral communication skills are vital qualities for professional success. Captivating an audience and sustaining their attention and wonder with a compelling topic remains one of the most valuable abilities in an increasingly networked society. 


In 2020, 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 2020 Creative Lecture Competition is TRAUMA INFORMED CARE.

ETHICAL DILEMMA

In this competition, the Educators Rising school program must debate an ethical education-related dilemma. This competition requires students 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 school program must first thoroughly consider the ethical issue and begin to form an individual position on the topic. Then the students must debate the topic together, listening carefully to each other’s opinions. Through the discussion, the students must come to a consensus on the topic and then prepare a 10- minute live presentation stating their team’s view.


The students must work together to develop the live, 10-minute presentation and then select at least two and no more than four students from the school to present the group’s opinion and how it was reached to a panel of judges at the National Conference.

LESSON PLANNING & DELIVERY (STEM, HUMANITIES, CAREER & TECHNICAL, ARTS)

Planning, preparing, and delivering effective instruction is the heart of the work of all educators. This competition challenges young educators to plan and deliver a lesson of their choosing to an actual classroom of students.


Self-reflection following the lesson is an essential component of this competition; a clear-eyed evaluation of what you’ve done is the best way to learn and make wise choices in the future.

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

Poise, self-confidence, and the ability to use effective oral communication skills while under pressure are valuable qualities of all educators.


This competition is designed to recognize students who demonstrate these qualities by combining clear thinking and conversational speaking into a coherent presentation on a current education-related topic.