Smith Elementary Administrators to Attend Harvard Summer Institute

Raise Your Hand Texas is sponsoring our administrators to attend training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program provides the campus leadership team the opportunity to learn how to design family engagement practices that are directly connected to student learning, and increase your capacity to engage staff, families and your community to improve student outcomes.
Mrs. Roman states, “It is an honor to be selected for this program and to be a part of this elite network of 1,000 Texas school leaders! We are excited to learn about new quality, sustainable strategies we can implement for the success of our students and families at Smith Elementary.”
With this year’s group, Raise Your Hand Texas will have sponsored more than 1,000 school leaders to attend Harvard in the nine years of the program. This is the first year the organization opened sponsorship to teams.
“We know the Harvard program is transformational for many school leaders and we saw an opportunity to scale that impact by also sponsoring teams to attend,” said Cody Huie, director of leadership development for Raise Your Hand Texas. “This weeklong program serves as the launch pad for ongoing professional development, leadership and innovation events, and support through the Raise Your Hand alumni network.”
Raise Your Hand covers all expenses for those selected, including program tuition fees, travel, hotel and other discretionary funding – an average of about $9,200 per attendee, for a total of more than $1 million in sponsorships for 2017, and more than $8 million since the program’s inception.
Attendees will join education leaders from around the globe and engage in training and workshops led by international education and leadership experts.
Photo: Smith Elementary Principal Letty Roman and Assistant Principal Dion Rivera