Teacher Rewards

Teachers Make the Difference


RITE helps increase awareness and understanding among educators of the IT resources available to them to help their students navigate their way to meaningful, well-paying careers in IT – the most in-demand jobs in Northeast Ohio.  From across the region, teachers like you are finding ways to engage students in IT and Computer Science programs that help demystify IT as a career. These programs build interest, skills, knowledge, experiences, and the connections necessary to pursue IT careers.

RITE also goes one step further to provides special recognition and rewards to highly engaged teachers. Teachers who promote, support and engage their students in multiple IT career awareness, exploration and immersive skills-based programs offered by RITE and its partners earn this distinction and qualify for benefits which include cash prizes, school recognition, early registration opportunities and unique engagement opportunities with IT business leaders and industry professionals.  October 2019 – September 2020.


Think of it as an IT career loyalty program. Each time you engage your students in a qualified activity, you earn credit towards rewards for you, your classroom and your school. This annual program kicks off in October 2018 and will conclude in October 2019 at the BusinessTECH 2019 conference, which will feature the 8th Annual Passport to IT Careers.

Teachers qualify by enrolling their students in RITE and other program offerings and completing a simple year-end profile of engagement.  RITE will recognize engagement across organizational offerings at all levels. The minimum qualification for Teacher Rewards is engagement in at least two RITE programs and at least one other qualifying activity.

Qualifying RITE Programs:

  • Passport to IT Careers
  • CoolTech Challenge & Showcase
  • RSVP
  • Summer Technology Camps delivered in partnership with TECH CORPS

Other Qualifying Activities:

  • Recruit a new teacher from the same or another school who participates in at least 1 RITE program.
  • Enroll your students in at least one other program offered by RITE’s partners (see list below).
  • Attend at least one professional development activity or join a community of practice.
  • Facilitate a coding, tech or IT club.
  • Enroll your students in “hour of code” activity.

Rewards Include:

  1. Official “RITE Premier School” trophy-case plaque for your school
  2. $200 to the qualifying teacher and/or school.
  3. Early registration opportunities to all RITE programs and special events
  4. Industry engagement sessions with RITE ProCorps members
  5. Recognition regionally on RITE’s website and in newsletters

Qualified RITE Partners (as of November 2018)

Baldwin Wallace University • CS for CLE • BioEnterprise • Hyland Hy-Tech Programs • NEOSTEM • Lakeland Community College • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center • Cuyahoga Community College • TECH CORPS • TEALS

If you work with rising 9th through 12th graders in Northeast Ohio and want to sign-up for a program, contact Jamie Cole at jcole@OhioRITE.com or visit www.OhioRITE.com

For information on engagement with RITE as a partner, please contact Courtney DeOreo at 440-281-5615 or cdeoreo@ohiorite.com.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming CS & IT Educator Meetups!

Next Meeting:
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Global Center
DHG/Northcoast Angel Investment space on the 3rd floor
1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

Time – All PM Meetings:

5:30-6:00 Check-In/Social
6:00-7:30 Meeting

Ongoing Meetups are organized in partnership with BioEnterprise/HIT in the CLE, CSforCLE, TEALS, TECH CORPS, and other regional partners. To learn about partnering with RITE, contact Courtney DeOreo, cdeoreo@OhioRITE.com.

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