Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Announces Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship to Improve Student Achievement by Redesigning Family Engagement

26 schools representing 24 public school districts selected for first fellowship cohort

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Raising Family Partnerships Initiative Launch Video

AUSTIN, Texas--()--The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced Raising Family Partnerships, a fellowship bringing together public school leadership teams from across Texas to transform their family engagement efforts and improve academic achievement. Research shows strong family, school, and community partnerships represent critical components of improving student outcomes.

“No one understands students’ dreams, challenges and motivations better than their families,” said Raising Family Partnerships Program Director Marcela Andrés. “One of the greatest opportunities to boost student success is families and schools engaging as true partners.”

Through a competitive application process, Raise Your Hand selected 26 schools representing 24 school districts across Texas to participate in the first Raising Family Partnerships fellowship cohort. Eleven school/district teams kicked off the fellowship by attending a weeklong summer family engagement institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the other 15 teams participated in an intensive weeklong design camp held in Austin.

This statewide network of participating districts, supported by top research, experts, and other resources, will design scalable plans to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between schools and families. Raise Your Hand will publicly report on implementation and learnings from the participating districts to drive broader statewide adoption of best practices in family engagement.

Selected schools include:

Harvard Graduate School of Education Participants
Elma E. Barrera Elementary, Santa Rosa ISD
Ricardo Middle, Ricardo ISD
Griffith Elementary, Brazosport ISD
Cedric C. Smith Elementary, Magnolia ISD
Pewitt Elementary, Pewitt CISD
Sam Houston Middle, Garland ISD
Lancaster High, Lancaster ISD
Blanton Elementary, Arlington ISD
Clifton Middle, Clifton ISD
East Point Elementary, Ysleta ISD
Spicewood Park Elementary, Southwest ISD

Raise Your Hand Design Camp Participants
Alfred Sorensen Elementary, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Travis Elementary, Harlingen CISD
F.W. Gross Elementary, Victoria ISD
Killough Middle, Alief ISD
Jean & Betty Schmalz Elementary, Katy ISD
Judy Rucker Elementary, Prosper ISD
Robert B. Sewell Elementary, Garland ISD
Bright Elementary, Frisco ISD
Gulledge Elementary, Plano ISD
Weldon Hafley Development Center, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Janett Brockett Elementary, Mansfield ISD
Independence Elementary, Keller ISD
Mount Calm High, Mount Calm ISD
Sgt. Roberto Ituarte, Socorro ISD
Constance Hulbert Elementary, Ysleta ISD

For more about the fellowship, visit: RaisingFamilyPartnerships.org


The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports programmatic initiatives structured to identify, pilot, and scale systemic improvements in public education. Visit RaiseYourHandTexas.org to learn more.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
Petri Darby, 512-617-2137
VP of Marketing


Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
Petri Darby, 512-617-2137
VP of Marketing