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Congratulations to the finalists for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers!

We look forward to meeting you on your scholar interview day.

At your scholar interview day, you will deliver a demonstration lesson, work on a group activity with other finalists, and participate in an individual interview. Throughout the day, you will meet with, and be observed by, multiple selection panelists. The selection panelists will include principals and teachers from local school districts and Raise Your Hand Texas staff. Selection panelists will score you on the interview day components listed below, which will inform whom Raise Your Hand selects as Charles Butt scholars.

The day of your interview, you will be at the selection site from approximately 8am to 6pm. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The location of your selection site will be emailed to you. Please be sure to open any emails you receive from Raise Your Hand Texas, and check this website periodically for updates.

Included below is specific information about the three interview day activities. Please note, you will be required to present a 5-minute demonstration lesson, which you will need to prepare ahead of time.

Raising Texas Teachers

Interview day:

Interview locations are still being finalized. The location and address of each interview will be posted below no later than March 15. On the day of your interview, you must arrive by 8 a.m. to have breakfast and check in. If you are not present by 8 a.m. you will not be able to participate in the interview day. Throughout the day, you will complete the following activities:

Demonstration lesson

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. You will deliver your lesson to the other finalists in your group. Chart paper and markers will be available for you to use during your lesson. A projector will not be available. If you want to use any other materials or handouts, you should bring them with you. If you choose to bring materials, please bring enough for 20 “students.”

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 are respectful of one another and participate in the lessons.

We know that at this point, you may or may not have started your teacher education. Through the demonstration lesson, selection 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.

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.

Including transition time, the schedule for each demonstration lesson will be as follows:

  • 2 minute set up time.
  • 5 minute demonstration lesson.
  • 1 minute to clear materials, if needed.

The interview panelists will keep time on a clock you can see.

Group activity

You will participate in a group activity with other Charles Butt Scholarship finalists. During the group activity, selection panelists will will look for finalists who can effectively collaborate with their group members.

Individual Interview

Each finalist will have a 30-minute individual interview with a panel of interviewers. During the interview, the selection panelists will ask questions to learn about your values and skills. You do not need to prepare anything for the interview. This is the selection panelists’ opportunity to get to know you. If you have any questions about the interview day, please email applications@ryhtfoundation.org.

Interview Dates

We look forward to seeing you on the date of your interview. Meals will be provided.

March 22

Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
800 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

March 24

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown
502 W. Cesar E. Chavez
San Antonio, TX 78207

March 26 & 27

Houston Marriot South-Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77017

March 29

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401

April 2

Hilton College Station & Conference Center
801 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840

April 4

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria
4099 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75244

April 7

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701