Finalist Interview Information

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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 (raisingtxteachers@ryht.org), either directly or through Survey Monkey Apply (noreply@mail.smapply.io). 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:

Icebreaker Activity

You will participate in an icebreaker activity with other Charles Butt Scholarship finalists and the interview panelists.

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. Digital presentations (i.e. Powerpoint or Prezi) are not allowed. You can create and use posters or charts.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • You may ask your fellow finalists to participate in the lesson. If you would like to provide them with a handout or other material,  you can upload them to this Google folder. Name the file(s) using your first and last names. We will provide links to your materials when it is your turn to present.
  • You should find a quiet place where you will feel comfortable presenting.
  • You should pretend you are presenting to a class. You may want to stand up or move back from the computer to allow you to be more comfortable. You can present any posters, charts, or other materials you have created.

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.

Individual Interview

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.

Preparing for the Interview Day

  • Sign up for your interview time via the link emailed to you. The deadline to sign up is included in the email.
  • Plan your 5-minute demonstration lesson, including any materials or handouts you will need.
  • 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.
  • To participate in the virtual interview day, you will need access to the internet and a computer (or smartphone, if no computer is available) with a camera. If you will not have access to these on the virtual interview day, please let us know as soon as possible
  • You will need to download Zoom before you can access the virtual meeting. Follow the steps below to download and use Zoom:
    • Download Zoom here – Download Zoom for Client Meetings
    • How to join a meeting  – Watch this video to learn how to join a meeting
    • Take 5 minutes to practice using Zoom. You will recieve information about a practice Zoom room you can use to test your equipment.
  • The week of your interview, Raise Your Hand will open a practice Zoom room. You will receive the date of the practice room via email. We will be available to answer questions, but this will not be an opportunity to practice your demonstration lesson. Entering the practice room is not a requirement, and doing so will not give you an advantage. However, we do suggest all finalists take advantage of the opportunity to ensure everything will go smoothly on your interview day.

Interview Dates

March 21

Trinity University

March 26 and 27

Texas Tech University (Lubbock)

April 14

Southern Methodist University &
Texas Tech University – Dallas

March 17 and 18

Texas A&M University

April 9

Rice University & Texas Tech University-Houston

March 6

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

March 31

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

March 3 and 4

University of Houston