One of the most exciting times of the year here at Raise Your Hand Texas is during the annual leadership symposium. Months of meticulous preparation and setup unfold into two days of fellowship, presentations, breakout sessions, and dialogue on all things public education, with local, state, national, and global emphasis.

Internationally renowned experts, Ivy League professors, and other accomplished professionals take to stages to share their expertise on topics ranging from the science and secrets of powerful storytelling to educational equity and excellence to strategies for addressing low-performing schools. The experience is interactive and motivational, and it delivers the latest data, best practices, and most innovative concepts in the world of public education today. At the end of the conference, each attendee is awarded a certificate of completion and accrues professional development hours.

The Leadership Symposium is an intense professional development conference, open to Raise Your Hand Texas alumni and VIPs who are currently serving as campus principals or in senior education leadership positions. We regret that we cannot extend invitations to alumni who have retired or transitioned from education leadership roles.

The 2018 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Symposium will be held Feb 21 – 23, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel by the Galleria in Houston, Texas.

Recap and Highlights

The 2017 Eighth Annual Raise Your Hand Texas “Campus to Community” Leadership Symposium theme was “Go Beyond,” a call to each school leader to assess the great work they’re doing now while committing themselves to pushing beyond those barriers that can impede the work of educating 21st century students.

This year’s symposium included a trip to the state capitol, three renowned keynotes, breakout sessions led by Harvard and Texas Tech professors, and, for the first time ever, public school student speakers.