Raise Your Hand Texas Sponsoring 95 Principals from 65 Districts/Charters for Harvard Institutes

Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to strengthen and improve public education, is sponsoring 95 principals from 61 school districts and four charter school organizations (...)

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Amanda Brownson Joins Raise Your Hand Texas as Senior Research & Policy Associate

Raise Your Hand Texas today announced that Amanda Brownson will join the organization on June 27 as senior research and policy associate. Ms. Brownson most recently served as director of (...)

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Five Winners Announced for $5 Million Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning Grant Initiative

Raise Your Hand Texas today announced the five school district winners selected as blended learning demonstration sites, each receiving up to $500,000 in grant funding (...)

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Ten School/District Grant Finalists Announced for $5 Million Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning Initiative

Raise Your Hand Texas today revealed the 10 finalist schools and districts – winnowed from 75 semifinalists – who remain under consideration for the $5 million Raising Blended Learners demonstration initiative.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Launches $2.5 Million Blended Learning Grant Initiative For Schools And Districts

Raise Your Hand Texas recently announced 75 semifinalist public schools and district applicants for its $2.5 million Raising Blended Learners grant initiative. Selected teams will attend two-day, expense-paid blended learning workshops in September and October 2015. The workshops will be led by Heather Staker, author of “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”, founder and president of Ready to Blend, and adjunct fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and pioneer in blended learning.

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Statement on Gov Abbott Signing HB 4 Into Law

Raise Your Hand Texas commends Governor Abbott for signing House Bill 4, which will help Texas take a much-needed step toward higher quality prekindergarten programs across the state, and legislative leadership for passing this important legislation.

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Statement on Filing of Pre-K Quality Legislation

The filing today of companions bills (HB 4/SB 801) on pre-k quality in the House and Senate brings the focus on quality pre-kindergarten for Texas students to the forefront.

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How Does Texas Pre-K Stack Up? Research Says Not Well.

Raise Your Hand Texas recently released a report highlighting research-driven practices proven effective in public pre-kindergarten programs across the country, and comparing how Texas’ pre-k program stacks up. “Pre-Kindergarten for the Modern Age: A scalable, affordable, high-quality plan for Texas” was prepared by Dr. Robert Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a leading expert on early childhood education.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Sponsoring 83 Principals to Attend Harvard

Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization working to support and strengthen public education, is sponsoring 83 principals from 53 school districts to participate in a summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The principals were selected from across the state, out of a pool of almost 200 who applied.

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26 Principals Selected to Attend Rice University Program Through Raise Your Hand Sponsorship

Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization for public education, is sponsoring 26 principals from seven Houston-area school districts to attend the yearlong Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship for School Leaders. The REEP Business Fellowship, offered through the Jones Graduate School of Business, empowers principals with leadership, innovation, organizational, marketing, and financial management tools to be successful campus CEOs.

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