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.

    Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Hosting 40+ State Legislative Candidate Events Across the State

    The pre-March primary forums and town halls will focus exclusively on public education issues.

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    Dan Rather Speaks to a Class at Heights High School

    After 70 years, Dan Rather Returns to His Alma Mater, Heights High School in Houston, Texas.

    Dan Rather interviews this year’s valedictorian about one of his biggest passions public education. 

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    2020 Harvard Applications Are Now Open!

    Applications are now open for the 2020 Raise Your Hand Texas Harvard Leadership Program.

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    New Story: How one Aggie is shining her light on inclusion

    Since she was nine years old, Anna Fedewa has befriended and worked with students with disabilities.

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    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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    The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation 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 the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation'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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