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Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award

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What is the purpose of the RISE recognition award?
The Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award honors and promotes the excellence exhibited by classified school employees who provide exemplary service to students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

In which areas must a RISE nominee document achievement?
Nominees must demonstrate excellence in the following areas: (A) Work performance; (B) School and community involvement; (C) Leadership and commitment; (D) Local support (from co-workers, school administrators, community members, etc., who speak to the nominee's exemplary work); (E) Enhancement of classified school employees' image in the community and schools.

What are the benefits of being selected a RISE awardee?
The RISE selectee is nationally recognized as America's exemplary classified school employee. S/he is recognized at the state and federal level.

How do I apply or nominate someone for this award?
You may not nominate a candidate directly to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Instead, governors' offices nominate to ED. The first step in garnering that nomination would be to contact the governor's office where the classified employee in question works.

How many individuals can my state nominate?
Each state may nominate no more than two individuals to the federal competition annually. They may, however, recognize more individuals with state honors.

How many times can an individual be selected for the RISE Award?
A given individual can receive the federal award only once.

Do private schools, preschools, and charter schools qualify for awards?
Public and private school employees are both eligible for nomination by their states.

Last Modified: 11/18/2020