Education is Power
Have you seen the slogan that says, “Teaching is my super power”? Now, in the face of COVID-19, we realize how important teachers and education are to our society. It was through schools that many hungry students received lunch during the 4th quarter school closings of 2020. Parents who had never had the opportunity to teach their children full-time gained a new respect for those who teach other people’s children on a daily basis. And after several months of missing face-to-face contact with friends and teachers, nearly everyone was anxious to get back to school in one form or another.
But what does teaching look like in Nebraska in the face of COVID-19? The answer is as varied as the places we live. What is true practically everywhere, is that teachers are going above and beyond their usual duties to make education accessible to all their students, whether they are learning face-to-face or remotely. They are keeping their classrooms safe and their students engaged in an environment that changes by the day – sometimes by the hour.
For that reason, the Education Is Power Community Service Project focuses on what we as Rising Educators can do to assist the teachers in our districts. By helping them, we say thank you for continuing to serve students in this time of crisis, and we learn what it takes to be a super hero.
Contest Dates: September 1st through March 1st
- Chapters assist teachers by teaching mini-lessons, creating black boards and/or manipulatives, decorating classrooms, assisting with technology, tutoring students in the classroom (Zoom breakout room), homework pals or through after-school programs (Beyond School Bells), correcting papers, observing teacher’s classes and providing feedback, etc.
- Chapters support teachers by providing treats/water at parent-teacher conferences, recognizing teachers of the month, placing yard/door signs, making videos or posting positive shout outs on social media, etc.
- Chapters say thank you to teachers by writing thank you notes, cleaning snow off their windshields, hosting a teacher breakfast, leaving treats in their school mail boxes, etc.
- One point will be collected for each hour spent in the above or similar activities.
- Your activities must be documented as they occur via pictures/videos on social media using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @edrising_ne or TikTok @edrising_neb. Send photos to your Chapter Family Officer for posting.
- Chapter Presidents report community service points to their chapter family state officer the first of each month – see chapter Families below. Chapter Advisers will report their final points to the State Adviser by March 1st by completing this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesxRajyA1HfejCQ-fD7MT4CE6yIYAcvavzAdsRvC15QnC4lQ/viewform?usp=pp_url
- The chapter with the most points, as well as photos on social network depicting their activities, will take home the traveling trophy at the State Leadership Conference at UNL, March 17, 2021.
Feed Nebraska Campaign
Chapters work with another CTSO within their school or district and decide how they want to become involved by collecting money to be donated to a local food bank or by participating in a Feed Nebraska Project Idea.
Report projects to the State Advisor. Post what you are doing via pictures/videos on social media using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @edrising_ne or TikTok @edrising_neb.
Beyond School Bells Program