Elevating 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.

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“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.”
Charles Butt


The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced the first 100 recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

The inaugural cohort was chosen from a pool of 350 candidates through a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews, group activities, and a demonstration teaching lesson. All scholars are committed to teaching in high-needs 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.

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
Andy Rooney
Radio and Television Writer
I touch the future. I teach.
Christa McAuliffe
Teacher and Astronaut
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark Van Doren
Writer and Critic
The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.
Dorothea Dix
Teacher, Author, and Activist
I’ve got a friend who is a lion tamer. He used to be a school teacher till he lost his nerve.
Les Dawson
Actor, Comedian, and Writer
Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all other professions possible.
David Haselkorn
Author and Education Expert
98% of people say a teacher can change the course of a student’s life.
ING Foundation survey
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Raising Texas Teachers

Research shows teachers are the most important in school determinant of student achievement. With 5.4 million students in Texas public schools, the future of our state depends on the success of our teachers. For this reason, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative aims to ensure every student has an effective teacher by recruiting, training, and supporting top teacher candidates.

Raising Texas Teachers Media Kit

This kit contains a news release, the Raising Texas Teachers scholarship program brochure, downloadable Raise Your Hand Texas and Raising Texas Teachers logos, a map showing the location of the university teacher preparation programs selected for the initiative, and downloadable b-roll video and photos reflective of the teaching profession.