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Weekly Teacher Download for January 29

2018 January 26
by HISD Communications


CHAMPS and DSC Training: The Department of Social and Emotional Learning will host classroom management trainings for teachers Feb. 5 – Feb.6. Pre-k through eighth-grade teachers should attend the CHAMPS training, and ninth- through 12th-grade teachers should attend the Discipline in Secondary Classrooms (DSC) training. Participants will gain an understanding of the Safe and Civil Schools’ framework for proactive and positive classroom and behavior management, as well as explore comprehensive and practical strategies to improve their current classroom management plan. Click here for dates and OneSource course numbers.

Chick-Fil-A Teacher of the Month:  Does your campus co-worker deserve the ultimate recognition for their hard work? Then nominate him or her for the Telemundo Chick Fil-A Teacher of the Month award. Click here to learn how you can nominate one or more HISD educators going above and beyond in the classroom. Teacher finalists will win a catered Chick-Fil- A breakfast and Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches for an entire year.

Attendance Tip of the Week:  Make the most of your parent-teacher conference. The Student Assistance Department is providing a step-by-step guide for teachers to maximize teacher/parent communication and conference time for nurturing a non-threatening setting. Teacher and parent can work more collaboratively to increase attendance and student learning with this framework. For the guide, click here.

FACE Empowerment: Is your school personnel looking for ways to increase parent and community engagement at your campus? Join HISD’s Family and Community Empowerment Department (FACE) for hands-on and interactive sessions to learn how to guide your feeder pattern on empowering families and building partnerships. To learn more about these sessions and their dates, click here.


Young Historian Challenge: Bring history alive with your students through HISD’s Young Historian Challenge. The Young Historian Challenge gives students the opportunity to develop and hone the skills of a historian through the creation of a micro research project. Students will bring history alive as they analyze primary sources to interpret a historical event. Topics may focus on leaders and events from history, ELA, poetry, STEM, art, LOTE, and any other classes or units you teach. Directions for teachers and students can be found here.


Guided Reading Training: Want to learn how to teach my middle school or high school student to read and you aren’t sure where to start? Come uncover the mystery of the reading process and guided reading as a method for growing your secondary students as readers. The two-part series will be offered on select Tuesdays beginning Feb. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hattie Mae White. To find dates and OneSource course numbers, click here.  If you have any questions, contact Kerry McArthur at

Strategic Reading and Writing Monthly Meeting: Need test preparation for struggling readers and writers? Attend the final Strategic Reading and Writing (SRW) Monthly Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Lanier Middle School. Our focus will explore: Test Genre—Test Preparation with Authentic Reading and Writing Tasks. Register on OneSource course #171003.

Literacy in the Middle Tour:  Like Literacy in the Middle but want to see how it works in action? Join the Secondary Curriculum on a self-guided tour of hand-picked campuses and classrooms to view model examples of best literacy instruction. You will leave the tour loaded with ideas on how to best implement strategies and increase literacy on your campus. Register on One Source course #779003.

History Day: Registration for HISD’s History Day is now open. As a reminder, the competition will take place on March 24, and judges are still needed. Essays, websites, and documentaries will need to be submitted by March 9 here. Exhibits and performances will be judged the day of the event on March 24 at Hattie Mae White. If you need a History Day tutorial, visit and use code GATUJ.

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