Congratulations to the finalists for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers!
The health and safety of Charles Butt Scholarship Finalists is of utmost importance to Raise Your Hand Texas. For this reason, all interview days will be conducted virtually.
During your interview day, you will participate in an icebreaker activity, deliver a demonstration lesson, and participate in an individual panel interview. Throughout the day, you will meet with, and be observed by, multiple panelists. The panelists will include principals and teachers from local school districts, Charles Butt Scholarship alumni, and Raise Your Hand Texas staff.
You will receive information about the interview day via email, including how to sign up for your interview time. Please be sure to open any emails you receive from Raise Your Hand Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org), either directly or through Survey Monkey Apply (email@example.com). Information about the interview day activities, and how to prepare, is provided below. If you have any questions, please email RaisingTXTeachers@RYHT.org.
On the day of your interview, you will complete the following activities:
You will participate in an icebreaker activity with other Charles Butt Scholarship finalists and the interview panelists.
Many districts require teachers to deliver a demonstration lesson before they are hired. On your interview day, please come prepared to conduct a 5-minute demonstration lesson. The lesson can be for any subject, in grade-level pre-k to 12. The lesson does not have to relate to your major or the subject/grade you plan to teach. Digital presentations (i.e. Powerpoint or Prezi) are not allowed. You can create and use posters or charts.
Please keep the following in mind:
The other finalists in your group will act as your students, and you can ask them to participate in your lesson. This could be through asking them questions, having them work on problems, etc. The demonstration lesson can be stressful, and we ask that all finalists participate respectfully in the lessons.
We know that at this point, you may or may not have started your teaching classes. Through the demonstration lesson, panelists will be assessing your oral communication skills, including how clearly you are able to communicate your lesson, how well you hold your “students’” attention, and how well you manage your time. We will take into account your year in school (i.e. Freshman vs. Senior) when evaluating your lesson.
A good demonstration lesson will teach your students a quick piece of knowledge or skill. If you are having difficulty getting started, feel free to search the internet for examples, but please be sure your demonstration lesson is your own original work.
The panelists will time your lesson and provide you with a warning 1 minute before your time is up. Once the time is up, you will be asked to stop.
Each finalist will have a 30-minute individual interview with a panel of interviewers. This is the selection panelists’ opportunity to get to know you.
March 26 and 27
Texas Tech University (Lubbock)
Southern Methodist University &
Texas Tech University – Dallas
March 17 and 18
Texas A&M University
Rice University & Texas Tech University-Houston
University of North Texas-Dallas
April 3 and 4
University of Texas-Austin (College of Education and UTeach Natural Sciences)
April 6 and 7
Our Lady of the Lake University
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
March 3 and 4
University of Houston
We are so excited for the new school year and the next year of mentoring!
This year’s mentorship program will launch on August 28th! On this day:
– New Scholars will be able to make a profile
– All Scholars can browse available mentors
If you are staying with you mentor from last year, you should have already been reconnected under the 2020-21 connection plan.
Contact RaisingTexasTeachers@ryht.org if you have any questions or concerns.