Across Texas, school trustees provide education oversight and citizen governance to ensure our public schools meet the expectations of our local communities. The community perspective these leaders — and their constituencies — bring is critically important to state policymakers.

Raise Your Hand Texas’ Trustee Advocates Program gives Texas school boards and their superintendents the tools they need to find, use, and amplify their voices and the voices of communities to influence state education policy.

Over the course of an 18-month fellowship, Trustee Advocates learn to build a local public education advocacy network that encourages community connectedness and influences state legislative outcomes.

Program Details

Launched in January 2022, Raise Your Hand Texas’ Trustee Advocates Program inaugural cohort graduates included eight school districts.

Cohort 2, the newest cohort, includes these school districts that will participate in 2024-25:  

Those who complete the course earn the designation of Master Advocate. 

Please direct any questions about this program to Missy Bender, Trustee in Residence at [email protected].

Program Schedule

Session 1February, March, April 2024Various (within each school district)
Session 2April 17-19, 2024Austin
Session 3September 18-20, 2024Austin
Session 4January 15-17, 2025Austin
Session 5April 9-11, 2025 *Austin
Session 6June 26-28, 2025Austin
Program Schedule for Trustee Advocates Program


The above schedule is subject to change.

Attendees will travel and arrive before the early morning start on the first day of training. Typically, travel will occur the day before training begins.


“We aim to impact education policy by developing effective individual advocacy, effective team advocacy within a school board, and ultimately activating entire communities.”

– Missy Bender, Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee-In-Residence Missy Bender (Program Facilitator)

Missy Bender is a Raise Your Hand Texas Regional Advocacy Director and experienced superintendent and trustee thought partner.


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