Externships allow educators to ‘practice what they preach’

Linked Learning teachers gain first-hand knowledge to bring back to the classroom

Thirty HISD teachers shadowed healthcare professionals, construction crews and business professionals last week in order to better connect industry standards with classroom content and learning strategies.

“I think it’s an excellent opportunity to give teachers,” said Memorial Hermann Chief Nursing Officer Melody Dickerson. ”Most individuals only have that experience having been a patient or a customer of our services. They’re going to get a behind-the-scenes approach to what’s going on.” Continue reading

Sam Houston MSTC students win coveted slots at Latino Law Leaders Camp

SHMSTC seniors Giovanni Figueroa and Emily Duarte pose with counselor Ana Zamarippa and debate coach Ken Ogden. (Houston Independent School District)

SHMSTC seniors Giovanni Figueroa and Emily Duarte pose with counselor Ana Zamarippa and debate coach Ken Ogden.

Emily Duarte and Giovanni Figueroa, rising seniors and debate team members at the Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center, were two of just 40 students nationwide to be selected to participate in the National Hispanic Bar Foundation’s Future Latino Law Leaders Camp.

The students will work with Latino politicians, government officials, and lawyers during the eight-day workshop, which takes place at American University in Washington D.C., July 12–20.

Emily and Giovanni received full scholarships to attend the camp, and their airfare was generously underwritten by the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Sugar Hill Recording Studio, and Zenobia Harris, director of the Houston Urban Debate League.

25 HISD students get taste of hospitality industry

David Robinson with students from Davis, Jordan and Worthing high schools (Houston Independent School District)Twenty-five students from HISD three high schools spent their part of their summer getting a sneak peak into what their future may look like, and will continue with a one-year internship.

The students, who attend Davis, Jordan and Worthing high schools, were selected to participate in the Admiral Hospitality Scholars, an internship program which was founded by former San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson. Continue reading

PowerUp teachers get tips for implementing laptop use in instruction

Teachers and administrators from 21 high schools that are joining the PowerUp laptop initiative in the 2014-2015 school year have spent a chunk of their summer getting ideas as to how to best implement the program in their classrooms.

Eleven schools were part of the pilot program last year. They received help from the Mooresville Graded School District, which experienced great success in a similar program, and officials from Mooresville returned to Houston to help the second batch of schools.

“The PowerUp initiative puts technology in the hands of the kids and allows students to be reached in ways that we’ve never been able to do before,” said Scott Smith of Mooresville GSD. Continue reading

Almost every East Early College HS graduate received an associate’s degree in 2014

These East Early College High School students (black gown with blue cord) were some of the more than 100 seniors from that campus to receive their associate’s degrees from Houston Community College SE two weeks before their high school diplomas. (Houston Independent School District)

These EECHS students (black gown with blue cord) were some of the more than 100 seniors from that campus to receive their associate’s degrees from Houston Community College SE two weeks before their high school diplomas.

It’s been more than a decade since HISD opened its first early college high school off Loop 610, but the number of students taking full advantage of both their premise and their promise—the chance to finish high school with a diploma in one hand and an associate’s degree in the other—has been steadily rising.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than at HISD’s East Early College High School, where just over 100 seniors graduated this year with a college degree—a stunning 93.5 percent of its Class of 2014.

Principal Tamera Bolden attributes her school’s incredible success to a variety of factors, including a stellar attendance rate (98 percent) and the “unwavering support” of Dr. Irene Porcarello, the president of Houston Community College Southeast (HCC-SE). Continue reading

Free camp helps high school students build reading, writing skills

Do you have a rising freshman or sophomore who needs to boost their reading and writing skills? HISD is hosting a free Literacy Enrichment Camp to give them tools to help increase their end-of-course exam scores.

The eight-day camp will be held at Challenge Early College High School on the HCC Southwest Campus, 5601 West Loop South, July 21-24 and July 28-31. Participating students are expected to attend both weeks. The camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. If transportation assistance is needed, METRO cards will be provided. Lunch will be served daily. Continue reading

Get your child’s immunizations for free this summer

Be sure to get your children’s immunizations up-to-date before they head back to school! There are many opportunities to get free vaccines this summer, courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital’s SuperKids Mobile Clinic and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Clinic, the Harris Health System, and the Houston Care Van.

Check out the 2014-2015 Texas minimum vaccine requirements to see which ones your child may be missing. Don’t forget to take your child’s immunization records with you when you head to one of the free mobile clinics as many will not vaccinate if you do not supply a history.

Below are the dates, locations, and times where you can get your child immunized for free this summer: Continue reading