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

During your interview day, you will work on a group activity with other finalists, deliver a demonstration lesson, and participate in an individual panel 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.

You should expect to be at the interview site for the majority of the day. You will participate in required activities, including the group activity and demonstration lessons in the morning, and attend your individual interview in the afternoon. Specific information about the schedule for your interview day, and the link to sign up for your individual interview will be provided via email. You must sign up for your individual interview using the link.

Please be sure to open any emails you receive from Raise Your Hand Texas, either directly or through Survey Monkey, and check this website periodically for updates. Information about the interview day activities, and how to prepare, is provided below. If you have any questions, please email RaisingTXTeachers@RYHT.org.

Raising Texas Teachers

Interview day

On the day of your interview, you will complete the following activities:

Group activity

You will participate in a group activity with other Charles Butt Scholarship finalists.

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. Chart paper and markers will be available for you to use during your lesson. A projector will not be available, so do not prepare a digital presentation. If you want to use any other materials or handouts, you should bring them with you.

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 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.

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. This is the selection panelists’ opportunity to get to know you.

Preparing for the Interview Day

  • Plan your 5-minute demonstration lesson, including any materials or handouts you will need.
  • Sign up for your interview time via the link emailed to you. The deadline to sign up is included in the email.
  • No specific tasks are required to prepare for the interview, but you might want to review the Charles Butt Scholar knowledge, values, and skills and think about how you have exhibited them in your life.
  • Dress for the interview day is business casual.

Interview Dates

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

March 2

Trinity University
Hyatt Regency — San Antonio River Walk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, Texas, 78205

March 6-7

Texas Tech University
Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Ln
Lubbock, TX 79401

March 18

Southern Methodist University &
Texas Tech University – Dallas

Magnolia Hotel – Park Cities
6070 N Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206

March 20-21

Texas A&M University
801 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840

March 25

Rice University
Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030

March 28-29

University of North Texas-Dallas
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 Olive Street
Dallas, TX, 75201

April 5-6

University of Texas-Austin
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701

April 8-9

Our Lady of the Lake University
Omni La Mansión del Rio River Walk
112 College Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

April 11

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Casa De Palmas
101 North Main Street
McAllen, TX 78501

April 15-16

University of Houston
Hilton University of Houston
4450 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204