Previously Funded Programs

Leaders Matter.

At Raise Your Hand Texas, we know school leaders are the linchpin of innovation needed to advance the quality of education across the state. That’s why we invest in leadership development, coaching, and school turnaround programs that help our state’s public school leaders become stronger educators, and help develop the future of Texas by giving all kids a fair shot at success in school and in life.

Texas public schools serve more than five million students — more than 90 percent of all Texas students. We believe if you give Texas kids access to a free, high-quality education, and fill their schools with truly empowered leaders, they will make a positive, lasting social and economic impact — not only in their particular cities, towns and communities, but for the entire state of Texas and beyond.

Leadership & Coaching Programs

Raise Your Hand Texas has sponsored 10 percent of all principals across Texas to benefit from leadership development and coaching programs coordinated by prestigious universities and education organizations across the country.  The goal of these investments is to transform lives, minds, processes, and outcomes within the Texas public school system.


Million dollars invested since 2008


Principals served in 2015



Cody Huie

Director of Leadership Development
(512) 617-2135


Raise Your Hand Texas has provided millions of dollars in grants to education organizations that are reinventing public education by developing strong principals, aspiring school leaders, and master teachers.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Raise Your Hand Texas is partnering with the Relay Graduate School of Education in Houston to administer a competency-based program in Texas that provides graduate-level classes to certified teachers, and certification for teaching residents and novice teachers.


Teaching Trust

Raise Your Hand Texas helps develop talented educators into transformational school leaders by partnering with New Leaders. New Leaders is a national nonprofit that collaborates with districts, charter management organizations, and states to foster the conditions that enable highly effective school leaders to drive student results


New Leaders

Raise Your Hand Texas helps develop talented educators into transformational school leaders by partnering with New Leaders in Arlington ISD.


2017 Raise Your Hand Texas Symposium

One of the most exciting times of the year here at Raise Your Hand Texas is during the annual leadership symposium. Months of meticulous preparation and setup unfold into three days of fellowship, presentations, break-out sessions, and dialogue on all things public education, with local, state, national, and global emphasis. This year’s symposium will inspire you to broaden your scope of influence beyond your campus and to push your thinking and practice beyond its current state.

Previously Funded Programs

Data Wise

Raise Your Hand Texas partnered with the Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) for three years (2012-2015) to implement a data-driven process improvement initiative. Raise Your Hand provided support by sponsoring visits by the campus leadership teams of 13 LISD schools to Harvard University to participate in the Data Wise Improvement Process summer training institutes. During the following school year, the leaders received on-site campus support from Harvard University fellows.


International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

Raise Your Hand Texas partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) from 2013-2015 to design a leadership coaching program to support school leaders in organizational leadership, instructional leadership, and teaching.

All of my schooling experience has never given me the opportunity to view things from a business model or perspective. REEP really has redesigned the way I think about education and how we do schooling.
Dr. Bryan Williams, REEP alum
Principal, Spring Branch Middle School - Spring Branch ISD
It’s like, when you go away and you work on yourself and you have this really major experience. How do you make sure you hold on to that feeling, so that you can keep reminding yourself of the purpose and the great structure you learned, so you can benefit thousands of kids from what you worked on for yourself?
Susan Cleveland, Harvard Leadership Program alum
Principal, Boerne Middle School - South Boerne ISD
I have recommended REEP to several principals. It makes you rethink strategies. It’s all about being opened up to other ways of doing things, because you can get in a rut. It’s invigorating and gives you a chance to go out and try some new things.
Sarah Harty, REEP alum
Principal, Cypress Lakes High School - Cy-Fair ISD