In January 2022, Raise Your Hand Texas awarded grants for the inaugural fellowship cohort to trustees and superintendents in nine districts across Texas. The six-session program includes an initial onsite training session for each participating full school board and superintendent. Subsequent two-day sessions for the superintendent and up to three (3) school board members will be held in Austin. Grant funding will cover all transportation, food, and accommodation costs, including the previous night’s stay. All of the work is issue-based, non-partisan, and held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. As a Texas Education Agency-registered provider of continuing education, Raise Your Hand will award continuing education credit to participants for the hours spent in training.
The inaugural fellowship cohort includes nine school districts:
Representing Major Urban or Major Suburban Districts
Representing Other Central City or Other Central City Suburban Cities and Towns
Non-Metropolitan or Rural Districts
Those who complete the course will earn the designation of Master Advocate. In addition to the grant award and training sessions, each district receives support from the following advocacy resources: