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Raising School Leaders

Raising School Leaders

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Raising School Leaders

Our vision

At the helm of every Texas school is a strong leader who is equipped to support teachers, develop future leaders, create systems of change to ensure better outcomes for all students, and advocate for their school, community, and public education as a whole.


About Raising School Leaders

Research indicates a principal is second only to the classroom teacher in terms of impacting student learning and achievement. The our primary strategy for the Raising School Leaders program, and the Foundations first statewide program, consists of a week-long leadership development institute through The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and yearlong participation in a community of practice focused on campus improvement and individual leadership development. Yet, the investment and support are much greater. All participants become part of an alumni network and receive professional development and connection through the annual Leadership Symposium.

Harvard Leadership Program

Since 2008, the Foundation has sponsored over 1,400 school leaders to participate in a variety of professional development programs offered through The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These summer institutes inspire, challenge, and empower both new and seasoned campus leaders across Texas.

Leadership Symposium

The annual Leadership Symposium, co-presented by the Charles Butt Foundation and Raise Your Hand Texas, is a time for alumni from all of our PK12 statewide programs to rekindle personal and professional connections and enrich professional learning. Months of meticulous preparation unfold into three days of fellowship, presentations, breakout sessions, and dialogue on all things public education, with local, state, national, and global emphasis. The symposium inspires our alumni to broaden their scope of influence beyond their campus and to push their thinking and practice beyond its current state.

Symposium alumni event
The logo reads "United by purpose" and includes abstract line art representing people linked arm-in-arm.

2022 Leadership Symposium

October 31 – November 2, 2022

Leading schools through a third pandemic school year and a contentious political climate may very well be the greatest challenge of educators careers. This moment requires grace and courage as school leaders advocate for their students, teachers, and the profession. Together, the Charles Butt Foundation, Raise Your Hand Texas, and the alumni network remain united in a common purpose to build an equitable and prosperous future for all 5.5 million Texas schoolchildren. Reunite with us for three days of connection and learning grounded in this shared purpose.

Symposium Recap

Program goals

  1. Every district in the state has at least one principal who has participated in Raising School Leaders
  2. Raising School Leaders participants reflect the diversity of the public school student population of Texas
  3. Create and sustain a strong, connected network of educators across the state of Texas committed to learning and improving together, to meet the needs of all Texas students

Alumni Engagement

If you are a past program participant of one of our state-wide programs and are looking for ways to stay connected and engaged, visit our Alumni Engagement page.

Program contact information:

Tim Miller - contact card

Tim Miller

Director of Leadership Development

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