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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.

    Power of Pre-K Case Study: Cleburne ISD

    Our internal study is another piece of evidence that helps to validate a much larger body of research. We believe now is the time to give fund high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten and give every student the opportunity to start their educational journey on a solid foundation.

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    Power of Pre-K Case Study: Mansfield ISD

    "We realize that not all pre-K classrooms in the state are fortunate enough to include a spaceship or a submarine. Many classrooms in MISD are not. However, we believe the instructional design of The Academy can be successfully replicated in pre-K classrooms across our district and the state." - Mansfield ISD

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    National Teacher Appreciation Week — Thank a Teacher

    May 6-10 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This week, we released a new series, and several new pieces, to honor the importance of teachers. We hope you’ll take some time to enjoy them, to share them with your friends, and to thank your favorite teacher.

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    Voices from the Field: All Students Have Strengths

    Learn why a special education teacher in El Paso calls blended learning transformational for her students.

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    Teaching: Appreciation Like No Other Profession

    Rick Rodriguez, an assistant superintendent for human resources at Lubbock ISD, explains why, for teachers, fulfillment isn’t about money, a certificate, or an award.

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    Teaching — In it for the Outcome

    Christie Smith could have chosen any career. But even when she entertained other possibilities, she always returned to her true passion: teaching.

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    Statement on House Bill 3’s Passage in the Texas Senate

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    Texas Pre-K Teachers Engage in a Social Sharing Campaign

    This past spring, hundreds of pre-K teachers across the state used #ThisIsTexasPreK to share videos and photos of all the amazing things going on in their classrooms. We compiled some of our favorites and produced a video to tell Texas legislators that a half-day of pre-K is not enough.

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    Blended Learning Grant Opportunity — Apply Now!

    Raising Blended Learners is a four-year demonstration initiative showcasing strategies for using blended learning to improve student achievement. On May 1, 2019, the Raising Blended Learners application will open online.

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    Capitol Update: April 30, 2019

    This month's Capitol Update covers important dates as we approach the final month of the regular session, a review of the new substituted language in House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 4, and the work our Principal Advocacy Fellows are doing to champion public education.

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