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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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    The Power of Pre-K with Amber Scanlan, PNC Bank

    In her role as SVP Director of Client and Community Relations at PNC Bank in Dallas, Texas, Amber Scanlan works to advance PNC’s community investments and initiatives around early childhood education. PNC recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its Grow Up Great program. Grow Up Great is their flagship philanthropic program, a bilingual initiative to prepare children, particularly underserved children, from birth to age five for success in school and life.

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    The Power of Pre-K with Sheriff AJ Louderback

    Sheriff AJ Louderback is a distinguished law enforcement veteran, with more than 30 years of service. He represents Texas in the national group, Fight Crime, Invest in Kids for a Strong America.

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    Rural Roots: The Making of a Teaching Legacy

    How education, family, and football forged a future in teaching for a small town standout.

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    Video: The Power of Pre-K Day

    Thank you to our partnering organizations, legislators, and Texas pre-K classrooms for making our Power of Pre-K day at the Capitol such a success! Check out our recap video to see all the action from March 25, including spirited yo-yo performances and powerful messages to legislators during our press conference. We had great media coverage of the event, including this story from KEYE-TV Austin CBS.

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    First #ThisIsTexasPreK Winner

    As part of our #PowerOfPreK day at the Capitol on March 25, we created #ThisIsTexasPreK for Twitter and Facebook. We believe it is crucial to remind legislators who they are voting for when they choose to increase the state's investment in pre-K to fund a full-day program.

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    The Power of Pre-K with Wendy Detenbeck

    Wendy Detenbeck is a pre-K teacher at Ross Elementary in Clear Creek ISD. Wendy longs to have more time with her students and families to make a greater impact. If the legislature votes to invest in this proven program, her half-day pre-K could expand to full-day—which would benefit her program.

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    Capitol Update: March 22, 2019

    This month’s Capitol Update will cover Texas Tribune’s upcoming event, “The Future of Public Education,” as well as a review of House Bill 3 and Monday’s “Power of Pre-K Day.”

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    The Power of Pre-K with Elaine Mendoza

    Elaine Mendoza leads Conceptual MindWorks, Inc., a biotech and medical software company. She also serves on the Texas A&M University Board of Regents and is Chair of Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors—which is heavily engaged in improving Texas’ educational pipeline from pre-K to college.

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    VOICES FROM THE FIELD: MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP

    Dana Boyd, the principal of East Point Elementary School in Ysleta ISD, is a decorated educator. She was named Texas National Distinguished Principal in 2016 and Texas Teacher of the Year in 2007.

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    The Power of Pre-K with Stephen Klineberg

    Dr. Stephen Klineberg is the founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

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