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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.

    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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    2019 Charles Butt Scholars Symposium Recap

    Our inaugural Charles Butt Scholars Symposium brought together students from 10 universities around Texas who have been selected to receive the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The weekend at Lost Pines was filled with thought-provoking sessions, engaging conversations, team-building activities, and well-known speakers.

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    Statement on the Texas Legislature’s Passage of House Bill 3

    Raise Your Hand Texas applauds the work of the 86th Texas Legislature in passing a comprehensive school finance bill without the threat of a court order.

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    A graduation surprise she’ll never forget

    A first-generation college student’s father misses his first day of work in 28 years to surprise her at graduation. 

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    Capitol Update: May 17, 2019

    In this month's Capitol Update, you’ll find the latest information on this session’s school finance bill, a list of key dates of interest, and some highlights of the remarkable advocacy efforts of Texas students, teachers, and community representatives.  

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    Five Classrooms Show Us the Best of #ThisIsTexasPreK

    Check out the five winners from our #ThisIsTexasPreK social sharing contest.

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    New Story: Teaching from the Heart

    A family’s love fosters a future teacher’s gift.

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