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Raise Your Hand Texas’ Trustee Advocates Program Holds First Training Session with Lake Worth ISD

Raise Your Hand Texas’ Trustee Advocates Program Holds First
Training Session with Lake Worth ISD

Launch Includes Visits Across Nine Districts, Reflecting Diversity of State

Anne Lasseigne Tiedt, APR, (512)7 84-3805

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Lake Worth, Texas: Raise Your Hand Texas and Lake Worth ISD kicked off the inaugural Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program in Lake Worth with an initial onsite training session for school board leaders and Dr. Rose Mary Neshyba, Superintendent. This new Raise Your Hand Texas initiative will train Texas school districts and their locally-elected trustees to educate, engage and activate their school districts and local communities to amplify their voices in-state public education policy and advocacy.

“There’s considerable appetite and interest from across our state in building a meaningful advocacy program that brings together schools and local communities to educate and advocate in support of public education,” said Dr. Libby Cohen, Raise Your Hand Texas’ director of advocacy and outreach.

Over the course of the innovative, inaugural 18-month fellowship, Trustee Advocates will learn to build a local public education advocacy network that encourages community connectedness and influences state legislative outcomes. Trustees and Superintendents will have the opportunity to learn and build relationships with others across Texas, as well.

The in-district launch of the program locally brings together school board and district leadership for a program overview and training session.

“As locally elected officials, Raise Your Hand Texas’ advocacy program will teach us to purposefully use our voices and the voices of the community we represent, to promote the great things happening in our public schools. We look forward to building a network of public school advocates that will help us bring the community perspective to education policy,” said Mr. Armando Velazquez, President of the Lake Worth ISD Board of Trustees.

“Supporting and strengthening our schools takes all of us, and the Trustee Advocates Program will help equip these local leaders to amplify the voices of their communities at the Capitol,” said Missy Bender, trustee-inresidence and regional advocacy director for Raise Your Hand Texas.

Twenty-seven school districts from all regions of the state applied and Raise Your Hand Texas leadership selected nine school districts through the application and interview process. Competitive grants for the inaugural program cohort were awarded to:

Representing Major Urban or Major Suburban Districts
• Austin ISD
• Lake Worth ISD
• Katy ISD

Representing Other Central City or Other Central City Suburban Cities and Towns
• Amarillo ISD
• Ector County ISD
• Gregory-Portland ISD

Non-Metropolitan or Rural Districts
• DeKalb ISD
• Tornillo ISD
• San Elizario ISD

The Trustee Advocates Program is issue-based and non-partisan. The program will be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. As a Texas Education Agency-registered provider of continuing education, Raise Your Hand Texas will award continuing education credit to participants for the hours spent in training.
For more information about the program, visit

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Raise Your Hand Texas supports public policy solutions that invest in our students, encourage innovation and autonomy, and improve college and workforce readiness. For more information, visit