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Raising School Leaders

Raising School Leaders

Developing strong school leaders and district teams.

Jepsey Kimble and Michael Houston, two principals selected for the Raising School Leaders program, turn to talk to one another in the lecture hall at the Harvard Graduate School.

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 1,500 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 PK-12 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.

The future of Texas starts here 2023 Leadership Symposium

2023 Leadership Symposium Recap

February 20 – 22, 2023

Our 15th annual Leadership Symposium brought together over 300 dedicated school leaders from across the state to spend three days connecting with one another. Texas wouldn’t be the same without these incredible educators who go above and beyond for their students and staff. 

The space allowed attendees to learn, collaborate, advocate for public education during legislative visits at the Texas Capitol, reflect on accomplishments, and get inspired to continue their crucial work with one another.

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 - two teachers sitting at a table with paperwork and smiling.

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.

CBF Connect:
Your Networking Platform

If you are a current Charles Butt Scholar or Scholar Alum, please check your email for instructions on how to join our new CBF Connect Platform.

Program contact information:

Tim Miller - Contact Card

Tim Miller

Director of Leadership Development

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