Tag Archives: professional development

New principals find support, guidance at New Leaders’ Institute   

A school principal’s job is never done. It’s like being the CEO of a corporation—they are ultimately responsible for everything, from envisioning the school’s strategic direction to making sure there are paper towels in the bathrooms.

New HISD principals are spending the next two weeks immersed in learning what their leadership roles entail at the New Leaders’ Institute being held at Texas Southern University. Nineteen administrators showed up bright and early Monday morning to get to know one another, their mentors, and members of the HISD Leadership Development team.

Chief Academic Officer Grenita Lathan welcomed them with words of advice based on her experience as a principal. “All of you have very challenging jobs, and the first thing you need to do is to build relationships with members of your staff,” she said. “Everyone in this room is here to support you and make sure you have a successful year.”  Continue reading

Professional development sessions challenge teachers in STEM subjects

HISD teachers attended their first “STEM Reboot” session earlier this month at Ryan Professional Development Center, where Teacher Development Specialists from the Innovative Curriculum and Instruction Department guided team through a series of hands-on experiments. As part of the science, technology, engineering, and math training, they were challenged to create a hot air balloon from a variety of materials, including plastic cleaners’ bags and tissue paper, and build boats out of aluminum foil that could float while supporting a penny. In addition, the teachers had a rocket-building session and were trained in an Hour of Code.

Teachers: Turn your professional development dreams into reality

Garden Oaks Montessori teacher Shana Steinhardt milks a camel (or a yak) while on a trip to Mongolia this summer. The trip was underwritten by a grant from Fund for Teachers.

Garden Oaks Montessori teacher Shana Steinhardt milks a camel (or a yak) while on a trip to Mongolia this summer. The trip was underwritten by a grant from Fund for Teachers.

If you could design your ideal professional development opportunity, what might that look like?

Would you be studying volcanoes in Icelandexploring nomadic life on the steppes of Mongoliasteeping yourself in the art of Salvador Dalí in Spain, or visiting the Children’s Peace Memorial in Japan that inspired a beloved children’s book?

Whatever your interest or passion might be, now is the time to flesh out your fantasy, as the Fund For Teachers is in the business of turning dream professional development opportunities into reality, and time is running out to make your dream come true.  Continue reading

Highly Effective Teachers Staying in HISD

Houston ISD superintendent Dr. Terry Grier comments on effective teacher retention during a news conference on October 30. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Houston ISD superintendent Dr. Terry Grier comments on effective teacher retention during a news conference on October 30. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Teachers whose students show the most academic achievement gains are more likely to continue teaching in Houston ISD classrooms, according to the latest staff retention data.
Continue reading

HISD Job Fair Attracts Over 200 Experienced Teachers to Envision ‘Becoming Great All Over’

More than 200 experienced teachers from across the nation lined up Saturday to learn about HISD  job opportunities at an informational session and job fair Saturday at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.

Continue reading