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Weekly Teacher Download for May 31, 2022

2022 May 26
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by HISD Communications

Social and Emotional Learning

Thank you for your commitment to teaching during these difficult times. The pandemic, the most recent Texas school shooting, and other events are physically and mentally challenging.  See this PDF, which addresses compassion fatigue from reThink Ed (located on Clever) to learn about strategies to support your well-being. These School Violence Resources provide information and tips on speaking with students about bullying and violence. See the SEL-HISD-Need-to-Talk website for helpful hotline numbers.

Academic Instructional Technology

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series: The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Summer Tech Apps Lunch & Learn sessions June-July: Participants will explore tech tools that will make learning more engaging and accessible for all students. Register by clicking here and searching in OneSource for #1474064.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #19 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Join the ECH Team and become an Early Childhood Curriculum Implementation Coach (ESSER). We are looking for 14 dynamic individuals to join the team. It is an 11-month position with pay grade 30. If you are looking for a leadership opportunity in HISD while working with an amazing team, apply today! For details, see this flyer.

Rice University SLC Summer Institute on Reading, Writing, and Cultural Connections July 26-29 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Rice’s Anderson-Clarke Center. There will be four days of training on research-based strategies for supporting dual language learners and English speakers. Develop effective strategies to bridge the gap between a student’s home and school cultures. Participants will also receive hundreds of research-based, standards-aligned, practical ideas to create a literacy-rich early childhood classroom environment. Register in OneSource for #1474077.

CIRCLE EOY Assessment: The EOY (Wave 3) testing window runs through June 1. There are NO extensions granted during EOY, so please complete all required subtests within this window. For questions, contact Claudia.Azcarate@houstonisd.org. EOY (Wave 3) required subtests are ABC Names, ABC Sounds, Rapid Letter Naming, Rapid Vocabulary, Syllabication, Onset-Rime, Alliteration, Rhyming I, Words in a Sentence, Rote Counting, Shape Naming, Number Discrimination, Number Naming, Shape Discrimination, Counting Sets, Operations, and Observables.

Elementary Science

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback and End-of-Year Celebration: Join us May 31 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Please come out and celebrate our wins this year! Let’s join forces to analyze existing curriculum documents and professional development to provide feedback on usage, implementation, and recommendations. This event will be held face to face at Alliant Group Headquarters, 3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000. Register for OneSource #1473013.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts Summer Programs: Apply by June 8

The summer Fine Arts Intensives provide opportunities for students to be involved in age-appropriate art experiences in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. They take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 13 through July 7. Fine arts curriculum-based learning is combined with engaging instruction to encourage young performers and artists to enhance their cultural sensitivity and awareness. The intensives are led by HISD-certified teachers at 12 campuses and provided at no cost to students. All levels are welcome, but the middle and high school dance intensives are designed for intermediate and advanced dance students. For more information and to apply, see the Fine Arts website.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, May 2022, Volume IV. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Teachers, expand your instructional capacity over the summer

2022 May 26
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by HISD Communications

As the school year comes to an end, it is time to start thinking about how to expand your instructional capacity over the summer. The district has been re-envisioning what professional learning looks like for teachers, and they have coordinated it into structured, districtwide opportunities.

We also recognize that a teacher’s commitment to learning over the summer should be compensated.  Teachers can earn a $100 stipend for attending each full day.  Stipends will be received in the October 2022 paycheck.

What is available for the summer that any teacher can attend?

Instructional Impact Institute (I3) July 26-28: Three days of learning opportunities facilitated by departments across the district. Participating teachers will be compensated for participation. Face to face sessions will take place in three locations across the city, and July 25 is an optional kickoff at Delmar Stadium.

Curriculum in the Classroom Camp (C3) August 1-3: Three days of content/grade level-learning focused on unpacking the TEKS, HISD curriculum, and the Canvas platform taking place in multiple locations across the city.

To inform our planning, please take a few minutes to complete this survey to express your interest in participating and share your thoughts about how the district can improve your professional learning experience. Once you complete the survey, they will send you all the details.

For more information, email newteachersupport@houstonisd.org.

Weekly Teacher Download for May 23, 2022

2022 May 19
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

May is Mental Health Month. Did you know that one in four people worldwide suffer from mental health concerns and problems each year? May is dedicated to encouraging people to talk about their mental health and reduce the stigma that stops people from asking for help. Here are five causes that may lead to mental illness.

  • Family lineage
  • Life experiences
  • Biological factors
  • Pre-birth exposure
  • Isolation and loneliness

Seek the help and support you need to enhance your quality of life and general well-being. Please see the SEL-HISD-Need-to-Talk website for hotline numbers.

Academic Instructional Technology

Adobe Creative Challenge: We know our students are “more than a score.” The AIT team, in partnership with Adobe, invites students to show all the things that make them special by participating in our Adobe Creative Challenge. Adobe will be offering prizes to teachers and students! Click here to learn more.

HISD Summer STEM Camp: AIT is now recruiting teachers and students for the 2022 HISD Summer STEM Camp from June 15-29. The deadline for students to apply has been extended to May 24. This three-week program includes HISD students in grades 3-12. The program for grades 3-8 will emphasize student knowledge and skills in STEM while introducing them to the collaborative world of coding, LEGO Spike Prime robotics, and a unique field experience. High school students will learn the fundamentals of design, story mapping, recording, publishing, and video promotion through a partnership with Adobe and utilization of their Adobe Pixar in a Box curriculum. Students will interact with a professional artist and experts in the entertainment industry, all culminating in a final video project. For deadlines, locations, and the application process for teachers and students, visit the HISD STEM Camp website.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series: The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #18 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Summer Prekindergarten Backpacks: Summer backpacks for 3- and 4-year-olds will be received starting this week and should be sent home with students for the summer. They will reinforce skills learned throughout the year and contain pencils, a journal, quality bilingual books, letter tiles, a kinder math kit, and more in a drawstring backpack (click here for a list of all items). If you need extra backpacks for classrooms with over 22 students, use extra backpacks from the ECSE/PALS classrooms. If you have backpacks left over, reach out to mwaymire@houstonisd.org.

CIRCLE EOY Assessment: The EOY (Wave 3) testing window runs through June 1. There are NO extensions granted during EOY, so please complete all required subtests within this window. For questions, contact Claudia.Azcarate@houstonisd.org. EOY (Wave 3) required subtests are ABC Names, ABC Sounds, Rapid Letter Naming, Rapid Vocabulary, Syllabication, Onset-Rime, Alliteration, Rhyming I, Words in a Sentence, Rote Counting, Shape Naming, Number Discrimination, Number Naming, Shape Discrimination, Counting Sets, Operations, and Observables.

Elementary Math Assessments Windows:

Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022

Elementary Science

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview. Join us May 31 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. This event will be held face to face at Alliant Group Headquarters (3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000). Register for OneSource #1473013.

2022-2023 Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab: To learn more about the Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab, complete the Texas Mobile STEM Labs Interest Form before May 27.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts Summer Programs

The summer Fine Arts Intensives provide opportunities for students to be involved in an array of age-appropriate art experiences in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. They take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from June 13 through July 7. Fine arts curriculum-based learning is combined with engaging instruction to encourage young performers and artists to enhance their cultural sensitivity and awareness. The intensives are led by HISD-certified teachers at 12 campuses and provided at no cost to students. All levels are welcome, but the middle and high school dance intensives are designed for intermediate and advanced dance students. For more information and to apply, see the Fine Arts website. The deadline to apply is June 8.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, May 2022, Volume III. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Weekly Teacher Download for May 16, 2022

2022 May 12
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Summer School Opportunities

HISD invites teachers to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open through May 20, 2022. For details, see this story.

Social and Emotional Learning

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: The SEL department is recognizing Mental Health Awareness month on May 19. Please share this flyer with your school community. Contact Social and Emotional Learning at 713-967-5235 with questions.

Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Here are three practices you can incorporate immediately. 

  • Accept yourself
  • Live in the moment
  • Focus on your breathing

Please consider registering for the last virtual Mindfulness Adult SEL session on May 26 (One Source #1460111). Take care of yourself and each other.

Academic Instructional Technology

Adobe Creative Challenge: We know our students are “more than a score.” The AIT team, in partnership with Adobe, invites students to show all the things that make them special by participating in our Adobe Creative Challenge. Adobe will be offering prizes to teachers and students! Click here to learn more.

HISD Summer STEM Camp: AIT is now recruiting teachers and students for the 2022 HISD Summer STEM Camp from June 15-29. The deadline for students to apply is May 17. This three-week program includes HISD students in grades 3-12. The program for grades 3-8 will emphasize student knowledge and skills in STEM while introducing them to the collaborative world of coding, LEGO Spike Prime robotics, and a unique field experience. High school students will learn the fundamentals of design, story mapping, recording, publishing, and video promotion through a partnership with Adobe and utilization of their Adobe Pixar in a Box curriculum. Students will interact with a professional artist and experts in the entertainment industry, all culminating in a final video project. For deadlines, locations, and the application process for teachers and students, visit the HISD STEM Camp website.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series: The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #17 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

CIRCLE EOY Assessment: The EOY (Wave 3) Testing Window is April 28-June 1. There are NO extensions granted during EOY, so please complete all required subtests within the assessment window. If you have questions, please contact Claudia.Azcarate@houstonisd.org. EOY (Wave 3) required subtests: HISD ABC Names, HISD ABC Sounds, Rapid Letter Naming, Rapid Vocabulary, Syllabication, Onset-Rime, Alliteration, Rhyming I, Words in a Sentence, Rote Counting, Shape Naming, Number Discrimination, Number Naming, Shape Discrimination, Counting Sets, Operations, and Observables.

Elementary Math

To view HB3 Math Academy Grade 2 and Grade 3 asynchronous sessions, click this flyer.

Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022

Elementary Science

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview. Join us May 31 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. This event will be held face to face at Alliant Group Headquarters (3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000). Register for OneSource #1473013.

19th Annual Summer Institute for K-12 Educators: July 18-22: The Summer Institute is an annual award-winning PD conference where Texas teachers are introduced to innovative, educational modules. The SI workshops feature integrated (STEM, health, LA, social studies, and GT) modules and hands-on activities. For more information, including workshop descriptions, schedule, FAQs, and online registration, visit www.k12summerinstitute.org. Registration is free.

2022 Region 4 Shell Science Leadership Collaborative: The shared objective with Shell is to inspire more students, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in science and STEM. By improving the content knowledge and instructional practices and skills of district science leaders, they are better prepared to influence programs that provide opportunities for students to access quality and equitable science and STEM education. Click here to apply.

2022-2023 Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab: To learn more about the Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab, complete the Texas Mobile STEM Labs Interest Form before May 27.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, and the screening/awards will be held at 6 p.m. May 31 at Meyerland PVA Middle School. Music for the films should be copyright-free; more information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, May 2022, Volume II. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Weekly Teacher Download for May 9, 2022

2022 May 5
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by HISD Communications

Weekly Teacher Download for May 9, 2022

ALL TEACHERS

Summer School Opportunities

HISD invites teachers to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open through May 20, 2022. For details, see this story.

Social and Emotional Learning

Please accept this gentle reminder to self-care throughout the day, if only for a few minutes. Consider having a self-care accountability partner to check to see if you have taken a few deep breaths, reflected on what you are thankful for, completed quick stretching while standing or at your chair, and so on. Please use this May Self-Care Calendar to ensure you are taking time to care for yourself. 

Academic Instructional Technology

HISD Summer STEM Camp: Please share with your students!
AIT is now recruiting teachers and students for the 2022 HISD Summer STEM Camp from June 15-29. The deadline for students to apply is May 17. This three-week program includes HISD students in grades 3-12. The program for grades 3-8 will emphasize student knowledge and skills in STEM while introducing them to the collaborative world of coding, LEGO Spike Prime robotics, and a unique field experience. High school students will learn the fundamentals of design, story mapping, recording, publishing, and video promotion through a partnership with Adobe and utilization of their Adobe Pixar in a Box curriculum. Students will interact with a professional artist and experts in the entertainment industry, all culminating in a final video project. For deadlines, locations, and the application process for teachers and students, visit the HISD STEM Camp website.

Canvas Champion Teacher Leaders

AIT, in partnership with Career Pathways, introduces the Canvas Champion Teacher Leader incentive program for the 2022-2023 school year. The program will create a cohort of teacher leaders who will help facilitate the adoption of Canvas as the district’s learning management system at their campus. Each Canvas Champion will receive a stipend of up to $4,000. Apply today via the AIM Portal. For more information, visit the Canvas Champion page.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focus weeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #16 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Finishing strong: Practical ideas for end-of-year Pre-K workstations presented by Rice SLC from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 9 at MLK ECC. Participants will experience engaging hands-on activities to promote children’s independence using their new materials related to end-of-year themes. Register for OneSource Course #1472093 (face-to-face).

Elementary Math

To view available HB3 Math Academy Grade 2 and Grade 3 asynchronous sessions, click this flyer.

Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Extended: 3-8 paper administration through Tuesday, May 17, 2022  

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview. Join us May 31 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. This event will be held face to face at Alliant Group Headquarters (3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000). Register for OneSource #1473013.

19th Annual Summer Institute for K-12 Educators: July 18-22: The Summer Institute is an annual award-winning PD conference where Texas teachers are introduced to innovative, educational modules. The SI workshops feature integrated (STEM, health, LA, social studies, and GT) modules and hands-on activities. For more information, including workshop descriptions, schedule, FAQs, and online registration, visit www.k12summerinstitute.org. Registration is free.

2022 Region 4 Shell Science Leadership Collaborative for teachers and district science leaders: The shared objective with Shell is to inspire more students, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in science and STEM. By improving the content knowledge and instructional practices and skills of district science leaders, they are better prepared to influence programs that provide opportunities for students to access quality and equitable science and STEM education. Click here to apply.

2022-2023 Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab: To learn more about the Texas K-8 Mobile STEM Lab, complete the Texas Mobile STEM Labs Interest Form before May 27.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, and the screening/awards will be held at 6 p.m. May 31 at Meyerland PVA Middle School. Music for the films should be copyright-free; more information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, May 2022, Volume I. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Attend a resume-building workshop

2022 May 3
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by HISD Communications

The HISD Leadership Recruitment team is providing resume workshops to HISD employees on the following dates:

May 3             12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

May 10           4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

May 12           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

May 17           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

To register to attend the resume workshop, please email campusleadership@houstonisd.org.

Enroll now in the Supplemental Sick Leave Bank through May 31

2022 April 29
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by HISD Communications

The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

The SSLB membership enrollment materials will be emailed to eligible employees during the week of May 2, 2022. Enrollment forms and plan details are also available on the SSLB webpage. Please note that current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program.

Eligible employees may enroll or terminate membership during the pre-enrollment period through May 31, 2022. An open enrollment period will be held in September for employees to enroll or terminate membership. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November for enrollment only.

Contact Leave Administration via email at LeaveAdministration@Houstonisd.org or by phone at 713-556-6590 for additional assistance.

Weekly Teacher Download for May 2, 2022

2022 April 28
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by HISD Communications

Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we have launched a campaign today to spotlight our teachers and show how teaching is a work of heart. We hope students, staff, parents, and the community will join in on social media to help celebrate all week long. Each day, use the hashtag #ThankHISDTeachers and tag us @HoustonISD and @TeamHISD.

  • Monday (May 2): Describe your teacher using words that start with the letters H-E-A-R-T.
  • Tuesday (May 3): Write a sweet note or poem for your teacher on heart-shaped paper.
  • Wednesday (May 4): Teaching is heart work. Ask your teacher how you can help them today!
  • Thursday (May 5): Pump it up! Create a fun cheer for your teacher.
  • Friday (May 6): Share a heartfelt video message from you to your teacher.

Also, starting today, May 2, you can cast your vote for Fan Favorite Teachers of the Year. Everyone in your school community – students, teachers, staff, and parents – can vote. Visit HoustonISD.org/fanfavorite. Voting ends Friday, May 6. Let’s show our teachers how important they are by celebrating them all week long!

ALL TEACHERS

Office of Talent

All teachers and teacher specialists have received recent reminders of the request to notify the district of their plans for next school year by Friday, May 6, through the Office of Talent’s online Intent to Return form. All teachers and teacher specialists should declare their intent for next school year through this online form. The purpose of this form is to gather information on each HISD teacher’s intent to continue employment with HISD for School Year 2022-2023. Any teacher who declares their intent to return for next school year will also have the option to earn an additional incentive if they make a three-year commitment to teaching in HISD. Please complete this form ASAP this week if you have not yet done so.

Summer School Opportunities

HISD invites teachers to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open through May 20, 2022. For details, see this story.

Social and Emotional Learning

Please help students in grades 3–12 participate in Panorama’s Education Spring Student Survey. This initiative gathers data from students around topics such as self-efficacy, social awareness, emotion regulation, cultural awareness and action, and diversity and inclusion. The survey runs April 11- May 27, 2022. Access the survey at SEL Panorama Education (google.com). Students may access this site any time, in school or remotely. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will be available in a variety of languages. Please contact Kevin.Jackson@houstonisd.org for assistance.

Pre-Test Journaling: Educators and students have worked relentlessly amid a chaotic pandemic to meet academic expectations. With testing season here, students might be facing testing anxiety. Pre-test journaling is one intervention that can prove beneficial in regulating emotions and increasing student performance on assessments. The National Academy of Sciences has published research suggesting that students who write down their worries about the exam prior to the test perform better than those who do not. Try this prep activity. Before testing begins, the proctoring teacher prompts students to journal their worries/thoughts about the exam in writing. 

Academic Instructional Technology

HISD Summer STEM Camp
AIT is now recruiting teachers and students for the 2022 HISD Summer STEM Camp from June 15-29. The deadline for students to apply is May 17. This three-week program includes HISD students in grades 3-12. The program for grades 3-8 will emphasize student knowledge and skills in STEM while introducing them to the collaborative world of coding, LEGO Spike Prime robotics, and a unique field experience. High school students will learn the fundamentals of design, story mapping, recording, publishing, and video promotion through a partnership with Adobe and utilization of their Adobe Pixar in a Box curriculum. Students will interact with a professional artist and experts in the entertainment industry, all culminating in a final video project. For deadlines, locations, and the application process for teachers and students, visit the HISD STEM Camp website.

Canvas Champion Teacher Leaders

AIT, in partnership with Career Pathways, introduces the Canvas Champion Teacher Leader incentive program for the 2022-2023 school year. The program will create a cohort of teacher leaders who will help facilitate the adoption of Canvas as the district’s learning management system at their campus. Each Canvas Champion will receive a stipend of up to $4,000. Apply today via the AIM Portal. For more information, visit the Canvas Champion page.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focus weeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #15 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Pre-K Teacher Appreciation Event: All PK, ECSE teachers, PK teacher assistants, and Head Start teachers are invited to the Hattie Mae White Café on Friday, May 6, from 3:30–6:00 p.m. for refreshments and door prizes. We want to celebrate YOU for inspiring hope, igniting imagination, and instilling the love of learning in our earliest scholars. See this flyer for more information.

Region 4, Rice School Literacy & Culture, Scholastic, and Early Childhood PD: The following targeted professional development regarding using new materials is for PK and ECSE teachers, as well as teacher assistants.

Region 4: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness in the PK Classroom for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will review the components and progression of the phonological awareness skill sequence, learn strategies and activities to support students’ development, and get examples of strategies to implement authentic assessment to measure student progress and inform instruction.

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 2, face-to-face at Sinclair ES, OneSource Course #1473021
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 3, face-to-face at Memorial ES, OneSource Course #1473019

Scholastic: Getting Started with PreK EDGE for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Learn how to implement individualized instruction using engaging, authentic text. During this interactive webinar, participants will learn how EDGE connects striving readers to relevant and essential content needed for future academic success. Register for OneSource Course #1472051 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. May 2-5.

Rice SLC: Finishing Strong: Practical Ideas for End-of-Year Pre-K Workstations for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will experience engaging hands-on activities to promote children’s independence using new materials related to end-of-year themes. Register for OneSource Course #1472093. Choose one of the following dates and locations for face-to-face instruction:

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 5 at Farias ECC
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 9 at MLK ECC

Elementary Math

Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022 
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview: Join us face to face from 4:30–6:30 p.m. May 31 at Alliant Group Headquarters, 3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000, for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. Register in OneSource for Course #1473013.

Grade K-5 Building Blocks of Science 3D (BBS3D): District campuses are receiving new resources to support engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Each campus will receive one set of kits per grade level and an accompanying technology package. To utilize the kits and learn the navigation of BBS3D digital resources, access the Get Ready Professional Learning video library.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at Home Symbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, and the screening/awards will be held at 6 p.m. May 31 at Meyerland PVA Middle School. Music for the films should be copyright-free; more information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, April 2022, Volume IV. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Weekly Teacher Download for April 25, 2022

2022 April 21
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Summer School Opportunities
HISD invites teachers to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open through May 20, 2022. For details, see this story.

Social and Emotional Learning
STAAR testing season is here, and learners may be exhibiting signs of test anxiety. Efforts to help students build self-confidence must counteract daily academic struggles. According to Safe and Civil Schools, one way to offset this effect is to reinforce the student’s strengths with positive praise. When he or she is working through difficult tasks, ask them easy questions they are certain to get correct. Reinforce this by asking more easy questions to build momentum before asking more challenging questions. This creates a positive learning environment, decreases frustration levels, and allows the learner to build confidence. 

Academic Instructional Technology

Canvas Champion Teacher Leaders: AIT, in partnership with Career Pathways, introduces the Canvas Champion Teacher Leader incentive program for the 2022-2023 school year. The Canvas Champion incentive program will create a cohort of teacher leaders who will help facilitate the adoption of Canvas as the district’s learning management system at their campus. Each Canvas Champion will receive a stipend of up to $4,000. Apply today via the AIM Portal. For more information, visit the Canvas Champion page.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series: The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for Course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: See the complete WTD linked below for details.

Office of Special Education Services
Issue #14 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood
Early Childhood has partnered with Region 4, Rice School Literacy & Culture, and Scholastic to offer the following targeted professional development for PK and ECSE teachers, as well as teacher assistants, in using new materials provided by the ECH department.

Region 4: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness in the PK Classroom for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will review the components and progression of the phonological awareness skill sequence, learn strategies and activities to support students’ development, and get examples of strategies to implement authentic assessment to measure student progress and inform instruction.

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on April 28, virtual, OneSource Course #1473018
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 2, face-to-face at Sinclair ES, OneSource Course #1473021
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 3, face-to-face at Memorial ES, OneSource Course #1473019

Scholastic: Getting Started with PreK EDGE for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Learn how to implement individualized instruction using engaging, authentic text. During this interactive webinar, participants will learn how EDGE connects striving readers to relevant and essential content needed for future academic success. Register for OneSource Course #1472051. Choose one of the following dates for virtual instruction: 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 25-28 or May 2-5.

Rice SLC: Finishing Strong: Practical Ideas for End-of-Year Pre-K Workstations for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will experience engaging hands-on activities to promote children’s independence using new materials related to end-of-year themes. Register for OneSource Course #1472093. Choose one of the following dates and locations for face-to-face instruction:

  • April 28 at Laurenzo ECC
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 5 at Farias ECC
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 9 at MLK ECC

Elementary Math Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Released Assessment (Year 2021): April 4-22, 2022 
  • Grades 1 and 2 Snapshot 4: April 25-29, 2022 
  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022 
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 

Elementary Science
Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview: Join us face to face from 4:30–6:30 p.m. May 31 at Alliant Group Headquarters, 3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000, for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. Register in OneSource for Course #1473013.

Grade K-5 Building Blocks of Science 3D (BBS3D): District campuses are receiving new resources to support engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Each campus will receive one set of kits per grade level and an accompanying technology package. To utilize the kits and learn the navigation of BBS3D digital resources, access the Get Ready Professional Learning video library.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at Home Symbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance
Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, and the screening/awards will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at Meyerland PVA Middle School. Music for the films should be copyright-free; more information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, April 2022, Volume III. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Attention paraprofessionals: get your teaching degree at WGU Texas while still working

2022 April 18
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by HISD Communications

Houston ISD and WGU Texas have partnered to offer HISD paraprofessionals the opportunity to earn their teaching degree while still working. The $4,000 HISD Paraprofessional Scholarship is available to current and prospective WGU Texas students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in education (it expires on May 22, 2022), adding to the current five-percent tuition reduction HISD employees already receive.

WGU Texas will hold one final information session to learn more about WGU Texas’s Teachers College and programs, affordable tuition, and exciting scholarship. The district’s WGU representative will be available online during the entire four hours. Click on this link to email Kathy Hietala to register: WGU Scholarship Opportunity.

If you have questions, email Kathy Hietala at WGU Texas at kathy.hietala@wgu.edu.