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    Blended Learning Grant Opportunity — Apply Now!

    Raising Blended Learners is a four-year demonstration initiative showcasing strategies for using blended learning to improve student achievement across diverse student demographics and geographic regions in the state, particularly among schools and districts with persistent achievement gaps.

    On May 1, 2019, the Raising Blended Learners application opened online. Districts across Texas are invited to apply to be among the 75 teams to attend an expense-paid training workshop in the fall, where they will receive expert coaching to develop a blended learning plan for possible grant funding of up to $300,000 and in-kind technical assistance.

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      Voices on Teaching: Michael Bonner

      Mr. Bonner was featured on Ellen, has written and published a book on teaching, and is a sought-after speaker. Check out this Voices on Teaching interview to learn why he believes so much in the power and potential of teaching to create a ripple effect that lasts for generations. 

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      2019 Session Wrap-Up

      This past legislative session, we developed a list of priorities based on what our programs, objective research, and Texans said would improve public schools. We are happy to report it was a good session for the issues we believed would benefit Texas students and our state. Here’s a run-down of how our priorities fared during the session.

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    • Voices on Teaching: Linda Ascencio

      Linda Ascencio, a fourth-grade teacher at Sanchez Elementary School, had a student who challenged her throughout the year. It seemed as if he was always getting in trouble and being sent to the office. However, she made an effort to know this student and his background. Through her efforts, she was able to gain his trust. Now, he is one of the students she misses the most.

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      Voices on Teaching: Shea Culpepper

      Shea Culpepper, a clinical director and professor of teacher education at the University of Houston, believes teachers have the awesome task of preparing students for a future that does not exist yet.

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      Voices on Teaching: Mark Henry

      “Good teachers live forever.” Mark Henry, the superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, is not in the classroom anymore; however, he still appreciates and recognizes a teacher’s lasting impact.

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    • El Paso, we stand by you

      We have worked closely with many educators and schools in El Paso, and our hearts break for this beautiful city.

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      Capitol Update: August 7, 2019

      In this month’s Capitol Update, the Raise Your Hand Texas policy team reflects on their legislative checklist, discuss school finance expectations, and announce their plan for expanding pro-public education advocacy in Texas.

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    • Voices on Teaching: Khiandra Woods

      Khiandra Woods had a teacher that made an effort to create a family-like environment in her classroom: she built personal relationships with her students; she knew her students’ families personally; and she even knew what her students like to do on the weekend. In this environment, Khiandra wanted to shine and meet her teacher’s high expectations.

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