Congratulations to the finalists for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers!
The final steps in the selection process are to submit a recorded demonstration lesson and participate in a virtual interview day via Zoom.
You will receive information about how to sign up for your interview time via email. Please be sure to open any emails you receive from the Charles Butt Foundation. Emails may come from RaisingTXTeachers@charlesbuttfdn.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the demonstration lesson, interview day activities, and how to prepare, is provided below. If you have any questions, please email RaisingTXTeachers@charlesbuttfdn.org.
All finalists must record and submit a demonstration lesson by the deadline provided in their email. The goal of the demonstration lesson is to display your potential as a future educator through a video of you teaching. The recording should include a short introduction and a 5-minute lesson. Please read ALL of the instructions below.
1. Identify the student population you will be teaching in your demonstration lesson. We encourage you to think about the students you will teach when you enter the classroom. The following questions are examples of what you might consider, but you don’t have to account for all of them.
If you are getting stuck, think about what school district you would like to teach in. Click here to look up the enrollment and demographic data. You will need to identify the makeup of your class below.
2. Consider how you can use your students’ strengths, languages, customs, characteristics, experiences, and perspectives to deliver better instruction. How will you ensure your lesson is relevant and accessible to your specific students?
3. Respond to a brief essay question. The goal of the essay is for you to explain how you considered your students’ unique backgrounds and abilities when planning and delivering your lesson.
There are several ways you can record and upload your demonstration lesson. Keep in mind, Survey Monkey Apply supports .mov or .mp4 files, or YouTube links. Please review the options below and select the one that is easiest for you. The maximum file size you can upload is 1GB/1000 MB.
Do not use Google Drive. You cannot copy and paste a Google Drive link into Survey Monkey.
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Begin your video with the following introductory information.
Your 5 minutes can officially begin after the introduction. Please keep your responses to the introduction questions brief.
Please submit one continuous take of your demonstration lesson. Do not edit out parts or use a video editing software to alter the video.
Log in to Survey Monkey Apply (the application platform) using the same account information you used to submit your application. Click the demonstration lesson task. Email RaisingTXTeachers@charlesbuttfdn.org if the demonstration lesson task is not listed.
Upload your .mov or .mp4 file, or paste your Youtube link. If you are submitting a Youtube link, you MUST enter the long version of the URL, not the shortened version. A long URL contains “youtube.com” and the shortened URL contains “youtu.be”. If you click “Share” and copy that link, it will be the shortened URL and will not work.
If you’d like, upload any documents or photos that go along with your lesson.
You must submit your recorded demonstration lesson to Survey Monkey Apply by the deadline provided in your email.
Each finalist will have a 30-minute individual interview with a panel of interviewers. This is the selection panelists’ opportunity to get to know you. No preparation needed. However, we suggest you review the Charles Butt Scholar Knowledge, Skills, and Values and think about how you have exhibited them in your life.
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University of Houston
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
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University of Texas at El Paso
Southern Methodist University
Texas State University
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