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Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award

Rise Award LogoNominations for the 2022-23 Tennessee Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award are now open! The award, passed by Congress in 2019 and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, honors classified school employees who provide exemplary service.   

For the purposes of the award, a classified school employee is defined as an employee of a state or any political subdivision of a state, or an employee of a nonprofit entity, 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. 

Anyone—directors, principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may submit nominations by Sept. 18, 2022. 

The top two finalists in Tennessee will be nominated to the U.S. Department of Education in November and recognized at the annual Principal and Supervisor of the Year celebration in the fall. The U.S. Secretary of Education will then select a single classified school employee from among the state-level nominees to receive the national RISE Award by spring 2022.  

For more information on the Tennessee RISE Award, please visit the RISE Award website

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