Raising Texas Teachers was created to elevate the teaching profession across Texas through partnerships with higher education, scholarships for aspiring teachers, and a campaign to elevate the status of the teaching profession.
The Texas teaching profession is at a crossroads. While the quality of preparation varies in Texas, an emerging body of research indicates the type of training and support teachers need to succeed. We can and must do a better job of recruiting, developing, and retaining great teachers. The future of Texas depends on it. That is why The Raise Your Hand Texas® Foundation launched Raising Texas Teachers, which includes The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, partnerships with Texas universities to improve teacher preparation, and a statewide campaign to elevate the status of the teaching profession.
To improve academic achievement, it is critical that Texas elevate the status of the teaching profession, strengthen the existing pool of aspiring teachers, and inspire our most talented high school graduates to consider a career in teaching.
More than 370 candidates submitted a written application, and finalists participated in interviews, group activities, and a demonstration teaching lesson before the 134 new scholars were selected. All scholars are committed to teaching in majority economically disadvantaged Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship, and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation.
We are so excited for the new school year and the next year of mentoring! If you have not already, login to Chronus at www.raiseyourhandtexas.chronus.com to browse available mentors. Send at least one mentoring request by October 1st.
If you are staying with you mentor from last year, you should have already been reconnected under the 2020-21 connection plan.
New Scholars should have received an email prompting you to create an account on Chronus. If you did not receive this email, first check your spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you still don’t see it email RaisingTXTeachers@ryht.org.
Contact RaisingTexasTeachers@ryht.org if you have any questions or concerns.