Raising Texas Teachers was created to Elevate the teaching profession across Texas through partnerships with higher education, scholarships for aspiring teachers, and a campaign to elevate the status of the teaching profession.
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.
To improve academic achievement, it is critical that Texas elevate the status of the teaching profession, strengthen the existing pool of aspiring teachers, and inspire our most talented high school graduates to consider a career in teaching.
More than 370 candidates submitted a written application, and finalists participated in interviews, group activities, and a demonstration teaching lesson before the 134 new scholars were selected. All scholars are committed to teaching in majority economically disadvantaged Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship, and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation.