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Since 2008, the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation has sponsored over 1,400 principals across the state to attend training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center. The center offers a variety of professional development programs designed to empower and inspire school leaders. The Charles Butt Foundation will continue this sponsorship with two institutes at Harvard this summer.

2022 Applications Now Closed!

Campus leadership teams serving Texas public schools are eligible to attend the School Turnaround Leadership institute. Principals serving Texas public schools are eligible to attend the Leadership: An Evolving Vision institute. Each institute is a week-long professional development summer course taught in Cambridge, Massachusetts by faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Selected applicants not only receive an all-expenses paid professional learning opportunity, but also become a member of the statewide network of over 1,400 Raising School Leaders alumni.

Summer 2022 Institutes:

School Turnaround Leaders Institute
June 5-11, 2022

This program provides your campus leadership team the opportunity to develop or refine your campus’ targeted improvement plan or turnaround plan to ensure buy-in and improve academic performance.

Leadership: An Evolving Vision Institute
July 9-15, 2022

This program provides you the opportunity to strengthen your leadership and management skills and revitalize your personal vision of leadership. Participants will learn new methods for improving individual, group, and organizational performance.

The impact of our leadership programs extends far beyond the participating principals.

We recognize the critical role of human capital in building student achievement. Absent a higher salary structure for educators, the most powerful incentive to retain effective teachers is supportive leadership. Once principals return from their transformative summer at Cambridge, we work to continuously support and develop them professionally as part of our statewide network of school leaders.

Principal alumni join the Charles Butt Foundation Regional Leadership Collaborative which connects alumni in regional groups who visit each other’s campuses, conduct instructional rounds, share best practices, and problem-solve on current issues in education. Through these groups, principals are empowered to work together to create change at the campus and district levels.

By investing in our state’s school leaders, we are investing in the future of Texas.

The Charles Butt Foundation covers all airfare, lodging, and tuition expenses, as well as a stipend for each cohort member. While at Cambridge, the Charles Butt Foundation supports principals in networking, setting goals, and developing action plans for when they return to their campuses. The Raising School Leaders program director attends the program with the school leaders. Upon returning, the program director conducts campus visits throughout the year to share resources and give feedback on the implementation of ideas and action plans from the Harvard institutes. The Charles Butt Foundation’s marketing team sends out periodic digital newsletters and also visits alumni on campus to capture personal stories about their week at Harvard. These leadership stories are told through the use of photos, videos, and other multimedia, and are published on our Stories page.