Raise Your Hand Texas Honored for Public School Advocacy

January 23, 2016 |

Raise Your Hand Texas was honored to receive a Luminary Award this week by the The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. The award celebrates educational innovations and honors “…individuals and organizations that use evidence to make educational decisions,” said David Chard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Wallace Jefferson accepted the award on behalf of Raise Your Hand Texas.

Also honored were Dallas ISD’s all-male magnet school Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and its principal Nakia Douglas, and the All Stars Project, Inc. which combats poverty in inner-city neighborhoods by providing unique after-school opportunities.

Click here to read more about the award and ceremony.

“SMU Simmons focuses on building educators and education leaders who use evidence to make decisions,” Dean Chard says. “In the sense that innovators use evidence rather than tradition or superstition to make decisions, all of our recipients tend to be innovators.”


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