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Statewide Programs

We believe public education is the greatest lever available for achieving an equitable and prosperous future for all Texans. Vibrant communities and a thriving Texas depend on strong public schools.

We also believe public schools must continuously improve and innovate to meet the needs of all students. Every child, in every community, deserves access to a high-quality public school so they can pursue and reach their full potential. This requires a strong principal at the helm of every school, an effective teacher in every classroom and empowered and engaged families and communities. This vision is only possible if we acknowledge and address the persistent inequities in our education system. That vision, these beliefs, and our passion for establishing a more equitable and prosperous future for all Texans are the guiding forces behind our statewide programmatic initiatives.

Programs designed to pilot, scale, sustain

The primary goal of our statewide programs is to address persistent system-level challenges by piloting research-informed solutions that can be scaled and sustained beyond philanthropic investment. Our approach begins with a deep exploration of why these persistent problems exist. We gather and consider formal research and listen to those closest to the work to ensure we understand the problem and root causes from the outside-in and inside-out. We then design solutions targeting the source of these problems. We embrace that improvement is not a linear process, rather a learning journey requiring constant reflection and iteration.

Our work is guided by the axiom that every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. Unfortunately, our current system is not designed to serve all students. We acknowledge our role and responsibility at the Charles Butt Foundation to help create a more equitable and prosperous future for all students, especially our students of color and those from low-income families. We are committed to intentionally designing our statewide programs to address historic inequities that exist in our education system.

A diverse teacher and student reviewing school work.

Raising School Leaders

School leaders represent the single most important factor to an effective school. Principals and campus teams have the potential to bring lasting social and economic improvements not only to their campuses and communities but to the entire state of Texas and beyond. That is why the Charles Butt Foundation invests in leadership development for school leaders. Through the Raising School Leaders program, we invest approximately $1 million annually in leadership development training to address student achievement and equity issues statewide. 

An alumni looks on as she listened to keynote speaker at the Charles Butt Foundation leadreship symposium with the Raising School Leaders statewide program logo appearing below the image.

Raising Texas Teachers

The research is clear, teachers have the most direct and significant impact on student success. Therefore, the long-term success of our communities and our state is inextricably linked to the quality of our teacher workforce. It is our moral imperative to ensure every student has an effective teacher every year. Raising Texas Teachers is a 10-year, $50 million program designed to:

1.  Enhance the recruitment of a talented and diverse teacher workforce through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

2.  Raise the overall quality of teacher preparation in the state by promoting continuous improvement in the field through deep partnerships with university-based teacher preparation programs, and

3.  Elevate the status of the teaching profession through a statewide marketing campaign.

A Charles Butt Scholar, Trey Fisher, is seen looking over the shoulder of two student and providing instruction while pointing to a piece of paper.