“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.”
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.
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.
Radio and Television Writer
I touch the future. I teach.
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.
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.
Actor, Comedian, and Writer
Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all other professions possible.
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 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.