Educators Rising Illinois

Educators Rising Illinois is the first step to building and growing an educator pipeline. Educators Rising Illinois is an essential element in a district’s Grow Your Own program to recruit and prepare educators & education support professionals. Schools and districts can invest in teachers and support professionals of tomorrow by offering and supporting Educators Rising chapters.

Educators Rising is a Career and Technical Student Organization and Grow Your Own program. This program offers a fully aligned, standards-based curriculum and clinical experiences to high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in education. The Educators Rising curriculum can be utilized to enhance existing Education & Training Pathway programs or start a new program.

Join Educators Rising as a Teacher Leader, Administrator, High School Student, or Middle School Student.

Educators Rising Resources
Diversify the Educator Pipeline
Curriculum Map
Educators Rising Illinois Partner Institutions
EdRising Overview
Meet the State Coordinators

Lindsey Jensen

Educators Rising IL State Coordinator

Dr. Lindsey Jensen is the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, the 2020 NEA Foundation for Teaching Excellence Illinois Awardee, and Vice-President of the Illinois State Teachers of the Year. Her work has been featured in IL-ASCD, Teach Plus, NEA Today, Education Post, and Flip the System US: How Teachers Can Transform Education and Save Democracy. Her career in education spans 18 years, and she currently serves as the state coordinator for Educators Rising Illinois & the Early Career Development and Aspiring Ed Director for the Illinois Education Association.

Christine Schweitzer

Educators Rising IL Assistant State Coordinator

Christine Schweitzer has dedicated her career to education in Illinois. In the course of her 21 years in education, she has served students as an educator in early childhood, elementary and higher education in addition to spending several terms as a school board president. Christine is passionate about building the teacher pipeline and has provided a variety of types of support for preservice teachers. She currently works for the Illinois Education Association to support the Educators Rising Illinois program.

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Lindsey Jensen
Educators Rising IL State Coordinator

Christine Schweitzer
Educators Rising IL Assistant State Coordinator

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