About us: Cocurricular Programs

students in Nome

In order for students to truly explore teaching, we must create opportunities within the school day.

If your school already has an “Introduction to Education” elective or a pathway of teacher academy courses, Educators Rising is an excellent complement.

Educators Rising offers an extraordinary national network of connections and resources to amplify and extend the impact of your program.

Through the EdRising Virtual Campus, an online community for our members, we provide teacher leaders with resources to integrate directly into their courses, such as curricular materials and National Board Videos. We also offer powerful opportunities for students, including a national conference, competitive events where they can demonstrate their leadership and teaching skills, scholarships, and more.

In January 2017, we released the Educators Rising "Beginning to Teach" micro-credentials, a set of five performance-based assessments mapped to Educators Rising Standards. Students who earn these micro-credentials are demonstrating powerful achievement on the first steps of the path to accomplished teaching.

If your school doesn’t have a course or pathway but you are interested in implementing one, we have great news!

Educators Rising is developing a curriculum and implementation support to help make it happen. Learn more about the EdRising Academy curriculum, which will launch in 2017–2018.

Join Educators Rising now for free to launch a chapter at your school or to find out more.

Charity and Brittany
Education majors and student workers, Charity Moore and Brittany Williams work together organizing for the Spring 2017 CTSO event.

Historically Speaking

FEA was developed in 2003 as a result of five rural educator forums co-hosted by the Alaska Teacher Placement (ATP) program at the University of Alaska. The common theme that emerged from forum discussions was the need to grow our own teachers. As a follow-up to these forums, ATP, in partnership with the Alaska Federation of Natives and three rural school districts, applied for and received funds from the US Department of Education to establish the statewide program (formerly Future Teachers of Alaska). Under the three-year grant, over 20 clubs were established in the Bering Strait School District, Lower Kuskokwim School District and Nome Public Schools.

A second three-year grant was awarded in 2006 through a partnership with the Alaska Native Education Association. As a result, the program expanded to four additional school districts (Lower Yukon, Northwest Arctic Borough, Lake and Peninsula, and Yukon Flats) and numerous affiliates.

In 2009, FEA was awarded U.S. Department of Education funding for another three years (2009-2012) to:

  • Expand FEA to all the cultural regions across the state of Alaska.
  • Build statewide sustainability by supporting students along the pathway towards higher education.
  • Plan and implement a college preparation and career exploration process that can be used at all University of Alaska campuses.
  • Integrate FEA into the State Workforce Development System.

In 2012, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development awarded FEA a Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education grant to further support FEA program efforts to build career pathways for students interested in education careers. Through this grant, and with additional support from the University of Alaska Technical Vocational Education Program, FEA gained recognition as Alaska’s seventh Career and Technical Student Organization.

Program Partners Include:
  • Alaska Native Education Association
  • Interior-Aleutians Campus: Bridging the Gap
  • UAS Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska's Schools
  • Rural Alaska Honors Institute