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Effective Teacher Fellowship now accepting applications

2013 December 12
by HISD Communications

The Effective Teacher Fellowship (ETF), HISD’s Alternative Certification Program (ACP), was launched in the summer of 2012 as a value-driven novice-teacher training program.

HISD has offered alternative certification since 1985, making it one of the most experienced educator-preparation programs in Texas. Throughout its history, ACP has worked to introduce individuals from non-educational backgrounds and careers to the fulfilling charge of increasing student achievement in the nation’s seventh-largest school district.

Beginning a career in education with the Effective Teacher Fellowship is easy. Simply apply to the program via the online application, be prepared to submit official transcripts for review, and participate in a structured interview during the selective screening period.

The advantage of our application process is that it is linked to HISD’s own—making all of our interns automatically eligible to apply to positions within the district without going through a separate teacher selection process.

As an applicant to ETF ACP, you can also gain exclusive access to a variety of grants that can partially fund your ACP fees over the course of your first three years with the district.

Make the choice today to share your passion for students and service in HISD! Apply NOW!

Deadline to apply for Jones scholarships Jan. 17

Students who could use up to $16,000 in college money over six years may want to consider applying for a scholarship through the Houston Endowment’s Jones Scholars program. Scholars can adjust the amount they request each year to accommodate summer school plans or approved study-abroad programs.

To see if students from your school are qualified to apply, please check this list (.pdf).

Whole Kids Market rescheduled for Jan. 25

The Whole Kids Farmers Market previously planned for Nov. 23 at the Montrose-area Whole Foods Market (701 Waugh Dr. at West Dallas) has been rescheduled for Sat., Jan. 25.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dozens of HISD students from nine different schools will be participating.

For complete details, please see this related article.

Apply to BOA Student Leadership Program by Jan. 31

Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today.

High-school juniors and seniors who are passionate about making a difference in the community may be selected to participate in a paid summer internship with a designated local nonprofit organization, where they can experience first-hand how they can help shape their communities-now and in the future.

To enhance their leadership experience, awardees also participate in a week-long, all-expense-paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. provided by Bank of America. The nonprofit internship and Student Leadership Summit expose students to leadership aspects in civic, nonprofit, and business arenas.

Visit the Bank of America website to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The First Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship 

This year, Houston Arts Partners will partner with the Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives to curate a visual arts competition for Houston-area high school students. 

Juniors and seniors from any school district that partners with Houston Arts Partners or any of its partner arts organizations are eligible to participate.

The annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition fosters collaboration among Houston-area high school fine arts departments and recognizes excellence in student art, which expresses cultural identities and features of life in Houston area neighborhoods.

The goals of the Scholarship are to provide a forum for self-expression and creative thinking in neighborhoods, recognize achievement and excellence in visual arts among high school students in the city, and foster art as a means to strengthen relationships amongst students, communities and higher education. 

Scholarship amounts for juniors and seniors range from $500 to $1000, and the submission deadline for artwork is Feb. 15, 2014. 

Find more information and application forms online at

Apply for Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship by Feb. 28

 A local credit union is offering students a chance to win one of five $2,500 scholarships for college.

 The Ruby Sue Clifton Scholarship was created to honor an HISD administrator who retired after more than 30 years of service to the district. A middle school named after her opened in 1979.

 To be eligible, students must be graduating seniors during the 2013–2014 school year and have at least one parent who has been a member of SMART Financial Credit Union (formerly First Educators) for more than six months.

 The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. For details, including a downloadable application, visit the SMART Financial Credit Union website.

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