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    Welcome to the Raise Your Hand Texas blog, featuring news about our leadership programs and advocacy efforts, important and timely updates, and opportunities for you to join us in strengthening and improving public education in Texas. Feel free to sort the posts below by checking the category boxes in the left menu, then clicking “Filter.” For more immersive storytelling about public education leaders and issues, check out our Stories section.

    Pamela Powell, professor at the University of Texas at Austin

    Voices on Teaching: Pamela Powell

    Confidence in the classroom is contagious. Pamela Powell, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the UteachProgram, explains why having a strong leader in the classroom is important.

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    Decoding the results of this year’s NAEP scores

    Are this year’s NAEP scores as gloomy as people say or is there more to the story? Here are three takeaways from Raise Your Hand Texas.

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    Raise Your Hand Texas Announces Launch of Statewide Public Education Advocacy Effort

    We are excited to announce the launch of a statewide pro-public education advocacy effort. Led by 13 regional advocacy directors, the new effort will contribute to Raise Your Hand’s overall mission of supporting public education in Texas by working to grow a pro-public education constituency across the state.

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    New Story: Making of a Mentor

    Trey Fisher distinctly remembers the first time he had a teacher that looked like him. He was in a middle school gym class and he remembered looking up to see that the teacher was black. The moment has stuck with him.

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    Student’s Presentation Surprises Her First-Year Teacher

    While most students were choosing familiar figures such as Frida Kahlo, Cesar Chavez, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor as subjects for Hispanic Heritage month presentations, one fourth-grade student in McAllen ISD honored her own teacher — Raquel Pérez.

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    Lessons Learned from the Raising Blended Learners Initiative in Texas

    This is a follow up to last year’s blog series, “Lessons Learned from the Raising Blended Learners Initiative in Texas,” where we shared our experiences, findings, and thought evolution over the course of the RBL initiative.

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    Capitol Update: October 7, 2019

    The Capitol Update provides you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. In this month’s edition, our policy experts report on the conversations they heard at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival.

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    John-Merrow

    Voices on Teaching: John Merrow

    Everyone had a teacher — whether they realized it or not — who changed their life. John Merrow is an accomplished broadcast journalist who has spent over 40 years covering education for PBS and NPR. And he still credits his high school English teacher, Mr. Sullivan, for his success today.

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    Raise Your Hand Texas Celebrates Full-Day Pre-K

    For more than a dozen years, our organization, along with many other business and education groups across the state, called for investment in high-quality, full-day pre-K for students who need it most. Legislators deserve a special recognition this session for funding full-day pre-K for our youngest at-risk learners. As a result, school districts are already enthusiastically transitioning to full-day programs. 

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    Voices on Teaching: Michael Bonner

    Mr. Bonner was featured on Ellen, has written and published a book on teaching, and is a sought-after speaker. Check out this Voices on Teaching interview to learn why he believes so much in the power and potential of teaching to create a ripple effect that lasts for generations. 

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