Teacher Rewards

Teachers Make the Difference

From across the region, teachers like you are finding ways to engage students in IT and Computer Science programs. Through RITE, you can learn about the IT resources available to help your students navigate their way to meaningful, well-paying careers in IT. These programs build interest, skills, knowledge, experiences, and the connections necessary to pursue IT careers.


Each year, RITE 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. Benefits include cash prizes, school recognition, early registration opportunities, and unique engagement opportunities with IT business leaders and industry professionals.


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 kicked off in October 2019 and will conclude in September 2020 at the 9th 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
  • IT Career Conversations

Other Qualifying Activities:

  • Recruit a new teacher from the same or another school who participates in at least one RITE program
  • Enroll your students in at least one other program (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 an “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* Programs & Partners (as of December 2020)

Programming Competition & Capture The Flag (Baldwin Wallace University) • Building IT Futures & FlexFactor (Lorain County Community College) • CS for CLE (Cleveland State University) • HIT in the CLE Community Classroom & Data Science Competition • Hyland Hy-Tech Programs • Indeed We Code • Secure Your Future (Lakeland 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.

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