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Want to become an HISD teacher?

2021 December 6
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Are you a teaching assistant or long-term associate teacher with 75 college credit hours?

Join us for an information session on Dec. 9 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. to learn how to receive tuition assistance.

HISD has received a two-year grant that will provide six teaching assistants and long-term associate teachers the opportunity to receive tuition assistance (up to $18,000) to obtain a degree in Teaching and Learning.

This is a perfect opportunity for current HISD teacher assistants and long-term associates who are aspiring to earn a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and Learning and who currently hold at least 75 college hours.

Register for the information session at Become an HISD Teacher.

Weekly Teacher Download for Dec. 6, 2021

2021 December 3
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Academic Instructional Technology

Free access to Adobe Software

HISD is providing high school teachers and their students access to the most popular applications of Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Spark, both at school and at home. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students with access to the premium version of Adobe Spark, both at school and at home. 

Creative Cloud offers apps for design, photography, video, and web. As students develop in-demand digital skills with these tools, they also learn how to express their ideas in more visually compelling ways. With Adobe Spark, students can quickly make animated videos, beautiful web pages, and sophisticated graphics–no design experience required. It’s a whole new way to create presentations, essays, and more. Spark works with any browser, including on Chromebooks.

For Creative Cloud, once you’ve logged in, you can choose the apps you’d like to download. Please visit our website at www.HoustonISD.org/Page/192234 for guides and tutorials. You can use Creative Suite in any browser. To access Spark, you can sign in through Clever or from your web browser. Go to www.spark.adobe.com. On the top right corner of the browser select “sign in.” This will bring up a new page. Select “log in with school account” on the right side of the page and enter your school email and password. For Adobe Spark, please visit our website at www.HoustonISD.org/Page/192202 for guides and tutorials. You can use Adobe Spark in any browser, including Chromebooks.

Hour of Code and 12 Days of Code

Join Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6-12) and the Hour of Code global movement by participating anytime during HISD’s 12 Days of Code event Dec. 1-16, 2021. To participate, go to 12DaysOfCode starting Dec. 1 and reference the interactive calendar of daily coding activities organized by grade level. Activities require no experience and can be run on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Some activities require no technology at all. For the first time, teachers and students who are highly engaged in coding activities during 12 Days of Code will be entered to win prizes.

12 Days of Code

Computer Science can inspire students to discover new ways of thinking and expressing themselves through technology. It builds problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Coding contributes to a foundation for success in many 21st-century careers. Hour of Code videos, posters, and additional resources are available here. For questions, contact Rene Flores at instech@houstonisd.org or 713-556-8282.

Social and Emotional Learning

The holiday session is here, and we may find ourselves busier than ever with family and friends. Don’t forget that the best care is self-care. Check out the Teacher Resource page on the SEL Google Training site. The self-care discussion questions provide a thoughtful self-care audit. Self-Care Calendar and Self-Care Bingo offer a variety of ways to diversify your self-care toolkit. Modify the Self-care Bingo and use it to pass on the importance of self-care to your students during a brain break. You will see apps and exercises to engage students in breathing, yoga, mindfulness, and other growth mindset activities.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Houston Dynamo and Dash SSAH: Houston Dynamo FC Virtual Development Classes have resumed, and the last session is Dec. 8 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Sign up for the Zoom webinar here and see more information here.

Literacy Kits: Campuses will receive Literacy Kits Dec. 7-17 for distribution to Pre-K teachers (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split). Click here to see the list of materials inside the literacy kits. Contact Ana Valladares at Ana.Valladares@schoolspecialty.com for questions.

Elementary Math Sessions

See this flyer for 2021 November and December Math sessions. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Virtual Math Power Hour, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6: Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. Strengthen content knowledge and delivery by exploring TEKS specific models for upcoming mathematics concepts. Gain resources and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Register in One Source for K-1: 1443826; for 2-3: 1443830; and for 4-5: 1443843.

Virtual Seminar on Supporting SPED Math Students, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Dec. 7: Participants will explore scaffolding strategies and best practices to answer the question, “How do we respond when our SPED students don’t learn math?” Gain explicit routines and tools to integrate in the core classroom, as well as strategies for small-group instruction. Register in One Source for #1448046.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins. There will be no Teacher Service Day during December. The next Teacher Service Day for CTE is Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

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. 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 Nov. 29, 2021

2021 November 19
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ALL TEACHERS

Hour of Code and 12 Days of Code

Join Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6-12) and the Hour of Code global movement by participating anytime during HISD’s 12 Days of Code event Dec. 1-16, 2021. To participate, go to www.HoustonISD.org/12DaysOfCode starting Dec. 1 and reference the interactive calendar of coding activities organized by grade level. The calendar features a new coding experience each day. Activities require no experience and can be run on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Some activities require no technology at all. Examples of coding activities include:

  • Code dance sequences with Santa’s elves through Google CS activities
  • Create Dance Party characters with music by Ariana Grande, Los del Rio, will.i.am, Katy Perry, and more
  • Design a galaxy far, far away with your trusted friend BB-8 in Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code

For the first time, teachers and students who are highly engaged in coding activities during the 12 Days of Code will be entered to win prizes. Please check the website for more information.

Hour of Code and 12 Days of Code FAQs

Why participate in the 12 Days of Code?

Computer Science can inspire students to discover new ways of thinking and expressing themselves through technology. It builds problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Coding contributes to a foundation for success in many 21st-century careers.

Where can I find additional resources?

Downloadable Hour of Code videos, posters, and additional resources are at: https://hourofcode.com/us/promote/resources

Who do I contact with questions?

Rene Flores, Curriculum Manager STEM – Academic Instructional Technology, instech@houstonisd.org, 713-556-8282

AIT Tech Tuesdays: Calling all teachers across all content levels and grades! Join Academic Instructional Technology to learn digital tools to enhance classroom instruction, student engagement, and checks for understanding during Tech Tuesdays. Each session lasts 30-45 minutes and gets you started utilizing the featured tool. Gain new knowledge on the tech tool or ways to extend what you already know. We will give out swag in certain sessions to random lucky attendees. Check out our December offerings here and then search OneSource course #1461032. Once registered, you will be emailed a Teams link.

Determining TEKS Priority, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Nov. 30: Join this DDIS webinar and learn how to access and understand OnTrack reports/Lead4ward resources after DLA assessments to create an action plan to determine the high priority TEKS for re-teaching and interventions. Register for OneSource #1460098.

Social and Emotional Learning

Five-minute breaks: Educators are tasked with many responsibilities and the work often feels nonstop. Despite the workload, it is incredibly important to make time for ourselves. We spend all day responding to others, but we cannot keep this pace without adequate breaks. Even a five-minute break can make us aware of how we’re doing. Remember to “put on your own oxygen mask before placing it on others.” Pausing allows us to be aware of our needs and take care of ourselves.

Breathing techniques to relax:  Why are breathing techniques and strategies important? Breathing exercises can decrease stress, reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, help one remain calm, strengthen sustained attention, sharpen the ability to focus and learn, and help control emotions. Welcome back from break! Look for us here each week to help you with other mindful self-care tips.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Learning A-Z Resource Mapping Folders in Pre-K, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Nov. 30: PreK, early childhood, and special education teachers will learn how to navigate the resource mapping folders aligned to SAVVAS themes. Register for OneSource #1456168.                                              

Touring the Prekindergarten Guidelines, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Dec. 2: PreK, early childhood, and special education teachers will take a closer look at the PreK Guidelines, each domain, and skills to learn about instructional strategies aligned to the guidelines to support student success. This session is presented by Region 4. Register for OneSource #1464018

Houston Dynamo and Dash SSAH: Houston Dynamo FC Virtual Development Classes have

resumed, and the last session is Dec. 8 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Sign up for the Zoom webinar here and see more information here.

PreK Backpacks: Student backpacks for Pre-K classrooms have been purchased with ESSER funds. These kits help support small group and workstation instruction.

Literacy Kits: Campuses will receive Literacy Kits Dec. 7-17 for distribution to Pre-K teachers (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split). These materials will be referenced in the Early Childhood Guided Reading training sessions throughout the school year. They will be helpful in classrooms during workstations by providing each scholar with their own set of handheld instructional items as an added safety measure. Click here to see the list of materials inside the literacy kits. Contact Ana Valladares at Ana.Valladares@schoolspecialty.com for questions.

Elementary Math Sessions

See this flyer for 2021 November and December Math sessions. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Guided Math: Student Conferences, Nov. 30: Gain resources, tools, and best practices for implementation of one-on-one student conferences focused on meeting students where they are and growing them through the Guided Math Framework. Register for OneSource #1460038.

Math Review and Preview Face-to-Face Sessions, 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Participants will engage in a high-impact learning experience to review district assessment low-performing standards to support data-driven instruction and reteaching best practices. Collaborate with district and grade-level colleagues to preview aligned and rigorous research-based strategies for upcoming units of instruction to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics. 

Grade 3, Nov. 30, OneSource 1464021 at Ross Elementary 

Grade 4, Dec. 1, OneSource 1464023 at Hattie Mae White

Grade 5, Dec. 2, OneSource 1464024 at Berry Elementary 

Virtual Math Power Hour, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6: Participants will delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and teaching of mathematics. Strengthen content knowledge and delivery by exploring TEKS-specific models for upcoming mathematics concepts. Gain resources and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Register in One Source for K-1: 1443826; for 2-3: 1443830; and for 4-5: 1443843.

Virtual Seminar on Supporting SPED Math Students, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Dec. 7: Participants will explore scaffolding strategies and best practices to answer the question, “How do we respond when our SPED students don’t learn math?” Gain explicit routines and tools to integrate in the core classroom, as well as strategies for small-group instruction. Register in One Source for #1448046.

Elementary Science Sessions

Elementary Science Lead Teacher Collaborative Session for lead teachers: On Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 from 3:30–5:30 p.m., lead teachers can learn trends outlined to district and state data, collaborate on best practices for increasing science outcomes, and plan for delivering learning to build campus capacity. Sessions will be styled within a ToT model to be brought back to campus PLC or other science planning opportunities. Register for OneSource #1458054.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Please view this week’s CTE bulletin, November 2021, Volume IV. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins. Explore the November 2021 CTE Professional Learning opportunities. There will be no Teacher Service Day during December. The next Teacher Service Day (no students) for CTE is Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

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. You may enter:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Event flyers
  • Business partnerships
  • Campus initiatives
  • Professional learning
  • Best practices and more!

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 November 15, 2021

2021 November 11
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ALL TEACHERS

Grow Your Own DDIS webinar: Teachers and leaders will focus on how to access critical reports via OnTrack and develop an action plan for reteaching and interventions based on Snapshot #1 data. Teachers may take the training at their convenience prior to Dec. 17. See this flyer for more information. Register for OneSource #1460117.

District hiring student tutors

In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, HISD is partnering with iEducate to hire up to 500 College Readiness mentors as in-person tutors. All HISD students and alumni ages 15 through college are invited to apply for this opportunity, which pays $12 per hour. The purpose of the program is to address gaps in learning widened by the pandemic at 50+ elementary schools in need, all while helping students in the field of education gain valuable hands-on teaching experience. Shifts are available during the school day, after school, and on Saturdays. The priority application deadline is Nov. 19. Students may apply online at http://Apply.iEducateUSA.org. For more information, see this flyer.

Social and Emotional Learning

The recent falling back of time allows us to experience the sunrise and sunset earlier. We experience less sunlight, which can have an impact on our circadian rhythm, the daily cycle that regulates when we go to sleep, wake up, eat, etc. Our health and mental health depend on the regulation of this process, so in the winter, we often hear the term “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Practicing self-care, going for walks, and maintaining a regular schedule can mitigate some of the effects. To learn more about how to take care of yourself during this transition, see this article from Psychology Today: “The End of Daylight Saving Time and Depression.”

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Building a Foundation for Young Readers Nov. 16 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.: PreK teachers, early childhood special education teachers, and teacher assistants will gain a clear understanding of phonological awareness and phonics skills to support a strong foundation for young readers. They will also receive a list of activities to teach these skills in the Pre-K classroom. Register for OneSource #1458026.

Houston Dynamo and Dash SSAH: Houston Dynamo FC Virtual Development Classes have resumed, and the last session will be Dec. 8. Classes take place 6:00-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday with the exception of Thanksgiving week. Sign up for the Zoom webinar here and see more information here.

PreK Backpacks: Student backpacks for Pre-K classrooms have been purchased with ESSER funds. The backpacks for 3- and 4-year-old students reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. The kits help support small group and workstations instruction. Campuses will receive 22 backpacks for each Pre-K classroom (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split) Nov. 9-19. If extra backpacks are needed for a classroom with over 22 students, extra backpacks from the ECSE/PALS classroom should be used. Contact Richard Gomez at Rgomez@lakeshorelearning.com with questions.

Literacy Kits: Campuses will receive Literacy Kits Dec. 7-17 for distribution to Pre-K teachers (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split). These materials will be referenced in the Early Childhood Guided Reading training sessions throughout the school year. They will be helpful in classrooms during workstations by providing each scholar with their own set of handheld instructional items as an added safety measure. Click here to see the list of materials inside the literacy kits. Contact Ana Valladares at Ana.Valladares@schoolspecialty.com for questions.

Elementary Math Sessions

Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Math New Teacher Cohort (K-G5) Nov. 15: Participants will meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development relating to classroom management and organization, mathematics best practices, and content strategies. Participants will engage in activities designed to provide ongoing, engaging, and reflective learning to help build the capacity of brand-new math teachers (1st-3rd year). Register for One Source #1458065.

Guided Math: Student Conferences Nov. 30: Join us and walk away with resources, tools, and best practices for implementation of one-on-one student conferences focused on meeting students where they are and growing them through the Guided Math Framework. Register for OneSource #1460038.

Elementary Science Sessions

The Elementary Science team has the following November professional learning sessions. All sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led) and virtually after school. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Backwards Planning Using the DLA Blueprint (G5) on Nov. 18 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.: In this session, participants will use the District-Level Assessment blueprint for G5 science to plan lesson considerations, including do-nows and exit tickets. Register for OneSource #1456097.

Elementary Science Lead Teacher Collaborative Sessions: On Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 from 3:30–5:30 p.m., lead teachers will learn trends outlined to district and state data, collaborate on best practices for increasing science outcomes, and plan for delivering learning to build campus capacity. Sessions will be styled within a ToT model to be brought back to campus PLC or other science planning opportunities. Register for OneSource #1458054.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Please view this week’s CTE bulletin, November 2021, Volume III. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins. Explore the November 2021 CTE Professional Learning opportunities. There are many on-demand courses, webinars, and training. There will be no Teacher Service Day during November and December. The next Teacher Service Day (no students) for Career and Technical Education is Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

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. You may enter:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Event flyers
  • Business partnerships
  • Campus initiatives
  • Professional learning
  • Best practices and more!

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.

Elecciones de consulta del personal no educativo de HISD

2021 November 4
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Esta semana comenzarán las elecciones de consulta para empleados de HISD. El personal no educativo, según las definiciones de la política DGB (LOCAL) de la Mesa Directiva, tendrá oportunidad de votar por correo para elegir una organización que los represente, o elegir la opción “sin organización”. Aunque usted nunca haya participado en una elección de consulta, podría ser elegible para participar esta vez.

No es necesario ser miembro de una organización de empleados para votar. Todo miembro de una de las categorías elegibles de personal no educativo que haya estado empleado por el distrito desde el 1 de septiembre de 2021, en una escuela o en instalaciones administrativas, puede participar en esta elección.

La definición de “personal no educativo” de la política DGB(LOCAL) de la Mesa Directiva incluye al personal de construcción e instalaciones, de servicios de alimentación (Servicios de Nutrición), de almacenes, de distribución de libros de texto, de la imprenta y del transporte. 

Los gerentes y supervisores de grupos de personal no educativo no pueden votar en la elección.

Las boletas se enviarán por correo postal a cada empleado a su domicilio registrado en OneSource.

  • Las boletas serán enviadas por correo a los empleados el 31 de octubre de 2021.
  • TODAS LAS BOLETAS ENVIADAS POR CORREO DEBEN TENER MATASELLOS CON FECHA NO POSTERIOR AL LUNES, 15 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2021.
  • Los resultados de la elección de consulta serán anunciados el 1 de diciembre de 2021.

Esté atento a la información sobre la elección que se publicará en su sitio de trabajo. 

HISD 2021 non-instructional consultation election

2021 November 4
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HISD will begin an employee consultation election this week. Non-instructional employees, as defined by Board Policy DGB(LOCAL), will be voting by mail to select an organization to represent them, or to choose “no organization.” Even if you have never participated in a consultation election in the past, you may be eligible to participate this time.

You do not have to be a member of an employee organization to be eligible to vote.  Any non-instructional employee who falls within one of the eligible employee groups, and was employed by the district as of September 1, 2021, is eligible to participate in the election. This includes employees on campuses as well as administrative locations.  

Board Policy DGB(LOCAL) defines “noninstructional employees” as construction and facilities personnel, food service (Nutrition Services) personnel; warehouse, textbook and print shop personnel; and transportation personnel. 

Management or supervisory personnel in noninstructional work groups are not eligible to vote in the election. 

Ballots will be sent through the U.S. mail to the employee’s home address listed in OneSource.  

  • Ballots will be mailed to eligible employees on or before October 31, 2021
  • ALL COMPLETED MAIL-IN BALLOTS MUST BE POSTMARKED NOT LATER THAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021.
  • Results of the non-instructional consultation election will be announced on December 1, 2021

Watch for posted information regarding the consultation elections in your work areas. 

Weekly Teacher Download for November 8, 2021

2021 November 4
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

District hiring student tutors

In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, HISD is partnering with iEducate to hire up to 500 College Readiness mentors as in-person tutors. HISD students and alumni ages 15 through college are invited to apply for this opportunity, which pays $12 per hour. The purpose of the program is to address gaps in learning widened by the pandemic at 50+ elementary schools in need, all while helping students in the field of education gain valuable hands-on teaching experience. Shifts are available during the school day, after school, and on Saturdays. The priority application deadline is Nov. 19. Students may apply online at http://Apply.iEducateUSA.org. For more information, see this flyer.

Social and Emotional Learning

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us have spent an unprecedented amount of time indoors and may have experienced a more sedentary lifestyle, which has had an impact on our health, wellbeing, and mood. Practicing yoga helps to improve health, reconnect with your body, relieve aches and pains, and build a stronger mind-body connection. Yoga also aids in practicing mindfulness by providing a space where we can be still and process what is happening in our lives. For more information on the benefits of a yoga practice, please read this article from Harvard Medical School.

Please join this event to celebrate 40 years of Cowan Vision. It is free for all K-12 teachers and administrators. There is an option to attend online. It has been posted and advertised to our learning platforms. Go to www.macmillaninstitute.org to register. The MacMillan Institute, with its curriculum in the humanities and its teachers’ commitment, has created classroom environments where learning was integrated, internal, and shared communally. See this flyer for more information.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Progress Monitoring Tool OnTrack Nov. 9 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.: PreK teachers, early childhood special education teachers, and teacher assistants are invited to learn how to use the PK Progress Monitoring Tool on OnTrack. They will also learn the importance of monitoring the students’ progress and how to retrieve reports by class and by student. Register for OneSource Course #1456169.

“Teaching Vocabulary & Sight Words with Word Walls” on Nov. 11 has been cancelled.

PreK Backpacks: Student backpacks from Lakeshore Learning and Literacy Kits for Pre-K classrooms from School Specialty have been purchased with ESSER funds. The backpacks for 3- and 4-year-old students enrolled in HISD support instruction at home and reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. The kits help support small group and workstations instruction. Campuses will receive 22 backpacks for each Pre-K classroom (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split) Nov. 9-19. If extra backpacks are needed for a classroom with over 22 students, extra backpacks from the ECSE/PALS classroom should be used. Contact Richard Gomez at Rgomez@lakeshorelearning.com with questions.

Literacy Kits: Campuses will receive Literacy Kits Dec. 7-17 for distribution to Pre-K teachers (Pre-K, ECSE/PALS, Pre-K & K split). These materials will be referenced in the Early Childhood Guided Reading training sessions throughout the school year. They will be helpful in classrooms during workstations by providing each scholar with their own set of handheld instructional items as an added safety measure. Click here to see the list of materials inside the literacy kits. Contact Ana Valladares at Ana.Valladares@schoolspecialty.com for questions.

Elementary Math Sessions

Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Campus Administrator Collaborative Nov. 9 and Nov. 11: Participants will create and foster relationships with district administrators that support mathematics. Explore researched-based ideas and strategies that assist with coaching and developing all math teachers. Collaborate with district math administrators on best practices that support and develop strong instructional mathematical thinking.  Register for One Source #1443815.

Math Lead Teacher Collaborative Nov. 9 and Nov. 11: Participants will serve as liaisons between the curriculum math department and campus. Math lead teachers are tasked to enhance the school’s instructional math leadership team. Participants will engage in activities aligned to district curriculum, assessment, and resources throughout the school year. This course is designed to support the appointed elementary math lead teachers; however, all math teachers are welcome to attend. Register for One Source #1443822.

Math New Teacher Cohort (K-G5) Nov. 15: Participants will meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development relating to classroom management and organization, mathematics best practices, and content strategies. Participants will engage in activities designed to provide ongoing, engaging, and reflective learning to help build capacity of brand-new math teachers (1st – 3rd year). Register for One Source #1458065.

Elementary Science Sessions
On Nov. 11 virtual science professional learning sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led) from 3:30–5:00 p.m. See this flyer for more information. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

K-5 Supporting Academic Language in Science on Nov. 11: Learn and practice strategies to support students with using science academic language when speaking and writing. Register for OneSource #1456093.

K-2 Mitigating Conceptual Gaps via the Mini-Lesson (Rewind) on Nov. 11: Participants will review upcoming Rewind mini-lessons, approaches to facilitate within the instructional block, and resources to utilize these mini-lessons to help mitigate learning loss. Register for OneSource #1456098.

3-5 Mitigating Conceptual Gaps via the Mini-Lesson (Rewind) on Nov. 11: Review upcoming Rewindmini-lessons, approaches to facilitate within the instructional block, and resources to utilize these mini-lessons to help mitigate learning loss. Register for OneSource #1456099.

Backwards Planning Using the DLA Blueprint (G5) on Nov. 18: Participants will use the District-Level Assessment blueprint for G5 science to plan lesson considerations, including do-nows and exit tickets. Register for OneSource #1456097.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Please view this week’s CTE bulletin, November 2021, 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. You may enter:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Event flyers
  • Business partnerships
  • Campus initiatives
  • Professional learning
  • Best practices and more!

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.

Annual Enrollment correction period

2021 November 2
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HISD Benefits annual enrollment ends Nov. 19, but there is a correction period. Any changes or corrections to your 2022 benefit elections need to be made by Nov. 30, 2021. You may contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-877-780-4473 or visit HISDBenefits.org for questions or more information. 

You will have until 7:00 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, 2021, to contact the Benefits Service Center about changes or until 11:00 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, 2021, to make final updates online. 

Whether you are new to HISD or returning to the district, we have resources, information, and useful tools to guide you through your benefits information. Even if you are not enrolling in some of the benefit options, as an employee of the district, you have access to benefits such as the Employee Assistance Plan and resources that may be useful. Be sure to visit the 2022 Benefits Guide for information about all the benefits available to you next year.

Watch the new video, “What’s New in 2022 Benefits,” featuring your HISD Benefits Team by visiting this link. Also available are the following instructional videos listed on the How-To Videos page:

Aetna is our medical provider for 2022, along with a host of other benefits providers. Please look through the Benefits website for detailed information about plan options, tools you can use, and other benefits materials. We look forward to hearing from you during annual enrollment 2022, which takes place Nov. 1 –19, 2021.

  • The Medical plan:  Beginning in 2020, we added Accountable Care Organizations to our plan options, and we added copays to the Kelsey ACO plan options. Many employees have elected one of the ACO plans to manage their overall health plan costs while providing excellent health care options. The rate increases are shown in the chart below. These are per paycheck deductions over 24 pay periods. More information is available on the Benefits website.
TierKelsey Basic ACOMemorial Hermann Basic ACOTX Medical Neighborhood BasicKelsey Plus ACOMemorial Hermann Plus ACOTX Medical Neighborhood Plus
Ee only19.2521.1833.5938.7942.6767.63
Ee + Spouse100.19110.21174.68135.25148.78225.32
Ee + Child(ren)96.37106.01168.05130.10143.11217.47
Ee + Family173.26190.60302.12233.90257.30365.43
  • Life Insurance. Rates for Employee Supplemental Life Insurance have decreased overall about 20%. Please review your finances and see if you need to add or increase your employee supplemental life insurance coverage. At annual enrollment time, you are able to increase your life insurance, if you are already enrolled, by one times your annual salary without Evidence of Insurability up to five times your annual salary or $600,000, whichever requirement is met first.
  • Prepaid Legal. For $3.00 more per paycheck, regardless of the tier you are in (Employee only, Employee + Family), you can select the Plus Plan and it will include your parents. You can review more information under Prepaid Legal in this benefits guide.  

Next let’s review some things to remember as you enroll or change your benefits.

  • Beneficiaries: Please be sure to review your beneficiaries. If you need to make an immediate beneficiary change, you may do so by calling the Benefits Service Center at 1-877-780-4473 or you can go online to your benefits enrollment site. Under manage Information, you can edit or add your updated beneficiary information for basic life and supplemental life. If you want to add beneficiaries to your Aflac plans, please go to www.HISDBenefits.org >Resources>Forms and look for the Aflac Beneficiary Form. Complete the form and send it to Aflac (address is on the form). Any changes in your beneficiary information will be effective at the Benefits Service Center on the day you make the change. For Aflac, any beneficiary changes are effective as of the date you sign the form. Also, you may want to update your TRS Beneficiaries, which must be done through TRS. Additional information and forms can be found on the TRS website.
  • Eligible Dependents under HISD plans. Every year it is important to review your eligible dependents, as they are the only dependents who can be covered under your plans. It is your responsibility to change coverage levels if you have over-age dependents (life, accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, cancer, etc.).
    • If you have a dependent who no longer qualifies as an eligible dependent, you must notify the Benefits Service Center at 1-877-780-4473 immediately or within 30 days of the loss of eligibility. If you fail to do so, we will remove the dependent when we discover the ineligible dependent while auditing our plans, and there will be no refund of premiums paid. If you cover your grandchild under the HISD benefits, you must have either a legal custody document or legal guardianship document that allows you to cover them.
    • Dependent Verification Services (DVS)/Life Events audits. If you add a dependent to your medical, dental, or vision plan, you will be asked to verify that dependent. You have 30 days to verify dependents once they are added. You will receive letters from the DVS department of the Benefits Service Center, and you will receive email reminders asking you to verify your dependents. Please follow the instructions on the form and respond by the deadline you are given in your letter. You will need to provide documentation such as a birth certificate if adding a child or marriage certificate if adding a spouse. If mailing documentation, please send in copies as these will not be returned to you. If you are adding dependents as a life event, you will also be asked to verify the life event. The information you receive from the DVS will tell you exactly which documents you need to provide. All emails will come from the Benefits Service Center at ADP.

Flexible Spending Accounts. You may choose to enroll in the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account and the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account if you would like these benefits in 2022. The maximum for healthcare is $2,750, and the maximum for dependent care if $5,000. The administrator is PayFlex, and if you have been issued a debit card for the healthcare flexible spending account, that debit is good through the expiration date on the card, so there is no need to request a new card every year.

Register now for the third-annual ESL Summit 2021

2021 November 2
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by HISD Communications

Multilingual Programs is hosting the third-annual ESL Summit 2021, “Piecing Together Frameworks that Work,” on Nov. 6, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This year’s virtual summit will provide professionals with turn-key evidenced-based instructional strategies, academic language frameworks, and resources that will drive multilingual learners toward language development success in all content areas. 

More than 20 sessions for both teachers and campus leaders will be offered, as well as sessions in English and Spanish from experts in the field. Participants may choose two sessions to attend. See the course selection guide and register in OneSource. All sessions will stream live via Microsoft Teams and will not be recorded. Attendees must be registered in OneSource to receive session links, which will be emailed from OneSource on Friday, Nov. 5.

Participants at all levels will find sessions that will expand their knowledge base and deepen their understanding around supporting multilingual learners. 

For more information, see this flyer and the Academic Services Memo.

Supplemental Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Nov. 1–30, 2021

2021 October 29
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by HISD Communications

Program offers up to 30 additional leave days for catastrophic illness/injury

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 Nov. 1, 2021. Enrollment forms and plan details are also available on the SSLB webpage.

Please note that current SSLB members were automatically re-enrolled in the program in September.

Eligible employees may enroll only during the BCOE enrollment period through Nov. 30, 2021.

A pre-enrollment period will be held in May 2022 for employees to enroll or terminate membership for the following school year.