The 2023 Charles Butt Scholar Symposium was an inspiring event attended by hundreds of promising future Texas public school teachers and dedicated in-service teachers that ignited passion and nurtured aspirations. One of the most remarkable aspects was the camaraderie among the Scholars and Scholar Alumni.
The symposium served as a platform for learning, connecting, and team building. The weekend was filled with conversations among bright minds exchanging ideas, experiences, and visions for the future of public education. The synergy among the participants highlighted the power of unity within the teaching community.
Keynote speakers Dr. Adam Saenz, Monica Washington, and Dr. Junlei Li illuminated the weekend with their wisdom, compassion, and expertise.
Monica Washington’s words resonated deeply, echoing encouragement and inspiration for both aspiring teachers and seasoned educators. The room was charged with the energy of potential as the audience felt the power of collective determination.
Dr. Adam Saenz, another keynote speaker, shared his personal journey, inviting the Charles Butt Scholars and Alumni to reflect on their roles as both learners and educators. His message hit home: self-care and personal growth are not just individual pursuits, but essential components of effective teaching. A well-nurtured self is the foundation upon which great teaching is built.
Dr. Junlei Li’s poignant presentation echoed the theme of authenticity and self-worth. Aspiring teachers and dedicated educators left the symposium with a renewed sense of purpose. Dr. Li’s words reminded them that their presence matters, and by showing up authentically in the classroom, they are enough. This validation propelled them to strive for greatness in their classrooms.
The symposium featured a breathtaking mural painted in real time by Kimie Flores. The mural depicted the heart and soul of aspiring and in-service teachers. It was a visual representation of the collective dreams and goals that each educator carries into their classrooms every day.
The 2023 Charles Butt Scholar Symposium was more than just an event; it was a celebration of education, a testament to the transformative power of teaching, and a reminder that educators are the architects of a brighter future. It underscored the strength that comes from uniting with fellow teachers, creating a powerful network of support and encouragement. The Scholars and Scholar Alumni’s ongoing commitment to fostering the growth of Texas’s future is truly inspiring. The ripple effects of their dedication will be felt for generations to come.
As the attendees dispersed, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose, ready to impact lives and shape the destiny of Texas one classroom at a time. The symposium may have concluded, but its echoes will continue to resonate in classrooms across the state, nurturing the minds of young learners and inspiring greatness.
In the future, the Charles Butt Foundation is planning to move away from one large, annual state-wide event, and instead plans to continue offering opportunities for networking and connection through regional events. Regional events will allow for more personal and lasting connections. We know Scholar Symposium has been a beloved event for the Scholars, Scholar Alumni, Program Leads, and our staff. We look forward to making the new regional events just as memorable.