Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award

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The Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award was created by Congress in 2019 and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education.  This award honors classified school employees who provide exemplary service to their school communities.

2023-2024 RISE Award Nominations

Nominations for this year's award are open Sept. 1-Oct. 6.  Each state may submit two RISE finalists for the national selection process in November. 

About the RISE Award

For this award, a support staff school employee is defined as an employee who works in any grade from pre-kindergarten through high school in any of the following occupational specialties:

  • paraprofessional,
  • clerical and administrative services,
  • transportation services,
  • food and nutrition services,
  • custodial and maintenance services,
  • security services,
  • health and student services,
  • technical services and skilled trades.

Individuals, local educational agencies, school administrators, professional associations, labor organizations, educational service agencies, nonprofit entities, private schools and their representatives, parents and students and other groups may submit nominations using the nomination form.

Last Modified: 9/1/2023 4:35:29 PM