The Texas teaching profession is at a crossroads. While the quality of preparation varies in Texas, an emerging body of research indicates the type of training and support teachers need to succeed. We can and must do a better job of recruiting, developing, and retaining great teachers. The future of Texas depends on it. That is why The Raise Your Hand Texas® Foundation launched Raising Texas Teachers and The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.
The Raising Texas Teachers initiative is designed to support teacher preparation programs in addressing the needs of 21st-century students and encourage Texas’ best and brightest to pursue teaching as an important and fulfilling profession. The goals of the program are to:
Raising Texas Teachers includes a scholarship for aspiring teachers, consisting of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by Raise Your Hand.
Raising Texas Teachers will grow to support 450 scholars annually, who are entering or enrolled in partner university teacher preparation programs. University partners will be selected through a competitive RFP process based on capacity and commitment to:
Selected universities will be required to:
IHEs will submit a proposal to Raise Your Hand as detailed in the RFP. The proposal should address all elements outlined in Section 3 of the RFP and include any supporting documentation. Proposals should be submitted as a single electronic document through this website. Raise Your Hand will review the proposals and may conduct interviews with IHEs to gather additional information. Raise Your Hand will notify selected IHEs via email.
April 11, 2017: RFP available to IHEs.
May 23, 2017: Proposal submission due date.
June 12, 2017: Interviews with IHEs begin.
June 23, 2017: Anticipated decision day.
Summer and Fall 2017: Institution dissemination of scholarship application to prospective Charles Butt Scholars in cooperation with Raise Your Hand.
January / February 2018: Initial screening of scholarship candidates by IHEs.
Spring 2018: Charles Butt Scholarship Recipients Selected by Raise Your Hand.
Fall 2018: Scholarship Support Begins.