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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.

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    2019 Session Wrap-Up

    This past legislative session, we developed a list of priorities based on what our programs, objective research, and Texans said would improve public schools. We are happy to report it was a good session for the issues we believed would benefit Texas students and our state. Here’s a run-down of how our priorities fared during the session.

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    Voices on Teaching: Linda Ascencio

    Linda Ascencio, a fourth-grade teacher at Sanchez Elementary School, had a student who challenged her throughout the year. It seemed as if he was always getting in trouble and being sent to the office. However, she made an effort to know this student and his background. Through her efforts, she was able to gain his trust. Now, he is one of the students she misses the most.

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    Voices on Teaching: Shea Culpepper

    Shea Culpepper, a clinical director and professor of teacher education at the University of Houston, believes teachers have the awesome task of preparing students for a future that does not exist yet.

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    Voices on Teaching: Mark Henry

    "Good teachers live forever." Mark Henry, the superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, is not in the classroom anymore; however, he still appreciates and recognizes a teacher's lasting impact.

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    El Paso, we stand by you

    We have worked closely with many educators and schools in El Paso, and our hearts break for this beautiful city.

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    Capitol Update: August 7, 2019

    In this month’s Capitol Update, the Raise Your Hand Texas policy team reflects on their legislative checklist, discuss school finance expectations, and announce their plan for expanding pro-public education advocacy in Texas.

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    Voices on Teaching: Khiandra Woods

    Khiandra Woods had a teacher that made an effort to create a family-like environment in her classroom: she built personal relationships with her students; she knew her students' families personally; and she even knew what her students like to do on the weekend. In this environment, Khiandra wanted to shine and meet her teacher's high expectations.

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    Voices on Teaching: Gilberto Lara

    Our “Voices on Teaching” series features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future. Dr. Gilberto Lara, an assistant professor in the Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, explains the importance of teachers seeing potential in all their students.

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    New story: From Bored Student to School Leader

    How one student found her voice and her purpose.

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    Why Blended Learning?

    Why Blended Learning? Check out these videos, featuring Texas educators and school leaders talking about the power of blended learning in their own words.

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