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Public school leaders are the linchpin of innovation needed to advance the quality of education across the state. Research indicates the school principal is second only to the classroom teacher in terms of impacting student learning and achievement.

Leaders Matter

Raise Your Hand Texas invests in leadership development, coaching, and school turnaround programs that help our state’s public school leaders become stronger educators. Well-trained leaders have the potential to bring lasting social and economic impact not only to their particular campuses and communities, but to the entire state of Texas and beyond.

Harvard Leadership Program

Since 2008, Raise Your Hand Texas has sponsored over 1,200 school leaders to participate in a variety of professional development programs offered through The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These summer institutes inspire, challenge, and empower both new and seasoned education leaders at the helm of Texas public schools.

Leadership Symposium

* This conference is for Raise Your Hand Texas alumni.

One of the most exciting times is during the annual Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation 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. The symposium inspires Raise Your Hand Texas alumni to broaden their scope of influence beyond their campus to push their thinking and practice beyond its current state.

All of my schooling experience has never given me the opportunity to view things from a business model or perspective. REEP really has redesigned the way I think about education and how we do schooling.
Dr. Bryan Williams, REEP alum
Principal, Spring Branch Middle School - Spring Branch ISD
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It’s like, when you go away and you work on yourself and you have this really major experience. How do you make sure you hold on to that feeling, so that you can keep reminding yourself of the purpose and the great structure you learned, so you can benefit thousands of kids from what you worked on for yourself?
Susan Cleveland, Harvard Leadership Program alum
Principal, Boerne Middle School - South Boerne ISD
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I have recommended REEP to several principals. It makes you rethink strategies. It’s all about being opened up to other ways of doing things, because you can get in a rut. It’s invigorating and gives you a chance to go out and try some new things.
Sarah Harty, REEP alum
Principal, Cypress Lakes High School - Cy-Fair ISD
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Grants

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation has provided $15 million in grants to education organizations that are reinventing public education by developing strong principals, aspiring school leaders, and master teachers.

The Raising School Leaders initiative is funded by: