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Weekly Teacher Download for January 20

2020 January 17
by HISD Communications

Souper Bowl of Caring: In partnership with Souper Bowl of Caring and the Houston Food Bank, all HISD schools and members of Team HISD are invited to participate in the 2020 Souper Bowl of Caring, a youth-led, national food drive that mobilizes thousands of young people to fight hunger and poverty in their communities. Staff and students are asked to collect food donations until February 10 and/or volunteer at your local food bank or hunger-relief charities. For more information, click here.


Student Assessment Summit: The Student Assessment Department will be hosting a 2020 Spring Student Assessment Summit on February 29 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lawson Middle School (1400 Stancliff St., 77045). Sessions will focus on how to make summative and formative connections to STAAR and will include state accountability, designated supports, TEKS monitoring, data tracking systems, as well as critical reports for teachers and leaders. Register today in OneSource, course #1440130. For more information, click here.

Schedule a Pilot Visit at Your Campus: Do you want a pilot or aerospace professional to visits your campus? the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is offering HISD schools the opportunity to have an actual airline pilot and business professional to come to your campus and discuss careers in aerospace and beyond during the month of February, as part of the district’s Black History Month celebration. Visits will take place from February 17-21 at either 9-11 a.m. or Noon-2 p.m. Due to popular demand there will be only 50 slots available, first-come, first-served. If interested, click here.  

Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: The Education Technology team invites students K-12 to work as teams to produce a 60-90 second digital animation and/or video, highlighting important tips about how to be safe online. “Digital Safety Moments” can be produced in any format, including live video, animation or a sequence of narrated images. Deadline for submissions is March 29. For more information on the challenge, click here.

HAABE Teacher of the Year Competition: The Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) has invited the district to participate in the annual HAABE Teacher of the Year (TOY) Banquet, which means elementary, middle and high school campuses may select one Bilingual and/or one ESL Teacher of the Year to represent their campus. The HISD TOY Bilingual and ESL representatives will then compete at the Houston-area level for HAABE Bilingual and ESL Teacher of the Year. Each year, HAABE recognizes outstanding bilingual and ESL educators from Houston. For detailed information, please view application packet. Nominations and recommendation letters must be submitted by January 31.

Inaugural Arts Integration Summit: The HISD Fine Arts Department is presenting the inaugural Arts Integration Summit at Wharton Dual Language Academy on Saturday, February 8 from 9 A.M.-1:00 P.M. The sessions will provide opportunities for elementary and secondary foundation teachers to develop art-focused lesson plans that create opportunities to check for understanding (I-2) and differentiate (I-3) their instruction within a student-centered lesson (I-1). Arts Integration practices build on good teaching strategies and can provide seasoned teachers opportunities to expand their teaching toolkit and growing teachers to work on areas of their craft in a supportive and engaging manner. Teachers that are preregistered and attend the summit will receive arts integration supplies and resources for their classroom. Please encourage your teachers to register in OneSource, course #1440087.


Elementary Math and Science Summit: The Elementary Curriculum and Development Department is excited to announce the 2020 Elementary Math and Science Summit on February 1 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Northside High School (1101 Quitman St., 77009). This professional development opportunity is intended to support elementary math and science teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade. The summit will feature a variety of sessions on math and science instruction presented by HISD teachers, Teacher Development Specialists, Curriculum Specialists, and local experts. Register in OneSource, course #1376002. Click here for the flyer.

Literacy X3 REBOOT: In partnership with Scholastic, the Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Office will provide and facilitate a two, non-consecutive, full-day trainings for the district’s Literacy X3 Reboot beginning January 13 through May 7 at HISD Educational Learning Center (10725 Mesa Dr., 77078). All kindergarten through third-grade teachers will attend one dull-day of professional learning to build core knowledge around Guided Reading which includes an emphasis on early word work skills and setting up an engaged literacy focused classroom in January or February. Teachers will attend the professional learning sessions with their grade level band.  Schools may choose to stagger the teachers in attendance or send them on the same day in grade level teams for both rounds of professional learning. For more information, click here.


Upcoming CTE Trainings: The CTE department is hosting several professional development opportunities for January 2020.  Automotive teachers are encouraged to register for “WIGU Competition” to discuss a great opportunity for students to compete in April. Teachers are encouraged to register in OneSource, course #1440020.  Workforce Solutions will deliver a training on resume writing for the workforce, where participants will learn strategies for developing resumes for students as they prepare for employment.  Those interested, can register in OneSource, course #1441011.  STEM teachers are encouraged to register for a two-day event to enhance their skills in AutoCAD in OneSource, course #1440103.  All teachers are encouraged to attend a one-day training on sheltered instruction and literacy routines for English learners in OneSource, course #1441024.  For more information, click here.

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