Raise Your Hand Texas Fact Sheet

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Founded in 2006, Raise Your Hand Texas is a non-partisan nonprofit organization working to reinvent public education for the 21st century, because the future of Texas is in our public schools.

What Raise Your Hand Believes

We believe the future of Texas – our economy, communities, and citizenry – depends on how well we prepare our students today. All students deserve a level playing field and equal access to a quality public education. We believe our public schools represent our greatest hope for educating and preparing all 5+ million Texas students for the future.

What We Do

Raise Your Hand Texas supports public policy solutions that invest in our students, encourage innovation and autonomy, and improve college and workforce readiness.

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation develops and strengthens school leaders and teachers, engages families in the educational experience, and advances classroom learning with innovative instructional practices to benefit all students.

Raise Your Hand, At a Glance

  • Founded in 2006
  • Based in Austin
  • President: Shari Albright
  • 1,300+ school leaders sponsored for leadership and coaching programs
  • 225+ students provided with a Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
  • 100% privately funded, so we do not solicit for donations
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SCHOOL LEADERS SPONSORED SINCE 2008

Founded in 2006

Programs

Raising Blended Learners

  • 75 districts/schools across Texas competed for $2.5 million grant initiative to support blended learning programs
  • Five winning teams announced for $500,000 grants starting in 2016-17 school year
  • $5 million+ total invested in grants, implementation support, and evaluation

Raising School Leaders

  • Sponsored 1,300+ principals and school leaders since 2008 for programs at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Host an annual leadership symposium for Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation alumni
  • More than $28 million invested in leadership development programs, events, and grants since being founded in 2006

Raising Texas Teachers

  • Partnerships with Texas universities to improve teacher preparation
  • 225+ students provided with a Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
  • Campaign to elevate the status of the teaching profession

Raising Family Partnerships

  • Family engagement fellowship for public school principals and their leadership teams
  • 26 campus teams representing 24 districts included in the first cohort

MEDIA CONTACT

Petri Darby, APR

pdarby@ryht.org
(512) 617-2137

Raise Your Hand Texas

1005 Congress Ave. Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 617-2121