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Texas students deserve the best teachers, and our teachers the best preparation.

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.


The $50 million Raising Texas Teachers initiative is designed to support teacher preparation programs in addressing the needs of 21st-century students and encourage Texas’ best and brightest to pursue teaching as an important and fulfilling profession. The goals of the program are to:

  • Grow the pool of high-quality applicants entering the teaching profession, and build a critical mass of effectively prepared, committed, and connected Texas educators who are dedicated to working in high-needs schools and subject areas.
  • Advance teacher preparation by supporting the implementation and expansion of best practices;
  • Elevate the appeal of, and respect for, the teaching profession.

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding, as well as ongoing training and professional development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. Approximately 100 scholarships will be granted across 11 partner university programs per year. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 scholars annually.

Partnering With Higher Education

Through the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation partners with 11 high-quality teacher preparation programs at 10 universities across the state. University partners were selected through a competitive RFP process based on capacity and commitment to:

  • Deliver a competency-based program that includes a relevant course of study and a substantial clinical preparation component;
  • Use data for continuous program improvement;
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships with districts; and
  • Place quality teachers in Texas’ highest need schools and subject areas.

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.