Investing in Houston School Leaders

April 26, 2013 |

Susan Brenz, principal of Youens Elementary in CY-Fair ISD, and Glenda Holder, principal of Lakeland Elementary in Humble ISD, present their innovation project on a school-wide literacy program with a Katy ISD colleague.

Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT) is entering its third year of partnership with the Rice University Education Entrepreneurs Program (REEP). The REEP Business Fellowship Program combines a world-class business school education with an innovative educational leadership curriculum, resulting in transformative experiences for Houston K-12 leaders. The year-long program includes weekend classes taught by Rice professors, a two-week summer institute, executive coaching, and campus visits.

The 2012-2013 RYHT cohort will graduate in May, with RYHT funding 22 leaders from six Houston-area districts. The cohort recently presented their cumulating innovation projects, with participants executing plans and collecting data on topics ranging from school-wide literacy programs to teacher retention at Title I Schools.

The 2013-2014 cohort began their REEP coursework in February, with RYHT increasing its impact by funding 32 leaders from 10 Houston-area districts. Lucy Anderson, one of the new cohort members and principal at Stevens Elementary in the Houston Independent School District, stated, “I just started the REEP program and already have learned new information that will positively impact my work and the education that we provide to children at Stevens. None of this would have been possible without the support of Raise Your Hand Texas.”

Sarah Harty, principal of Cypress Lakes High School in Cy-fair, presents her innovation project on retaining teachers in a Title I school.

REEP and RYHT are working together to develop leaders to become the next generation of thought leaders in the Houston area. Many RYHT cohort members have been promoted to district leadership positions, using their REEP experience to impact public education at a deeper, more systemic level. To date, the REEP/RYHT partnership has impacted 60 school leaders and more than 47,000 students in the Houston area.

 

New 2013-2014 Participants:

Kathleen Cox Aldine ISD Ernest F. Mendel Elementary
Janine Hoke Alief ISD Miller Intermediate School
Nancy Lewin Alief ISD Holmquist Elementary
Bernadette Bentley Alief ISD Petrosky Elementary School
Paul Baez Alief ISD Rees Elementary School
Patrick Cherry Alief ISD Albright Middle School
Kerry Smith Alief ISD Alief Early College High School
Johnny Briseno Alvin ISD Alvin High School
Jessica McMullen Alvin ISD Mary Burkes Marek Elementary
Trent Thrasher Alvin ISD Alvin Jr. High School
Sarah Otto Barbers Hill ISD Barbers Hill Primary School
Lisa Watkins Barber Hills ISD Barbers Hill Primary Center
Kelly O. Gerletti Cypress Fairbanks ISD Robison Elementary School
Erwann Wilson Cypress Fairbanks ISD Bang Elementary School
Jeffrey LaCoke Cypress Fairbanks ISD Frazier Elementary School
Anthony Indelicato Fort Bend ISD Kempner High School
Kenneth Gregorski Fort Bend ISD Clements High School
Sonja Williams Houston ISD Madison High School
Steven Gittens Houston ISD Hobby Elementary School
Maya Weatherton Houston ISD Forester Elementary
Tiffany Chenier Houston ISD McNamara Elementary
Marco Morales Houston ISD Brookline Elementary
Lucy Anderson Houston ISD Stevens Elementary
Sarah Ballard Humble ISD Park Lakes Elementary
Donna Fife Humble ISD Elm Grove Elementary
Robye Snyder Spring Branch ISD Meadow Wood Elementary
Patricia Thomas Spring Branch ISD Ridgecrest Elementary
David Rodriguez Spring Branch ISD Buffalo Creek Elementary
Lynne Barry Spring Branch ISD Edgewood Elementary
Beth Woodson Spring Branch ISD Memorial Drive Elementary
Dr. Jo Ann Colson Tomball ISD Timber Creek Elementary School
Meredith Walker Tomball ISD Tomball Elementary School

 

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