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HISD teachers work with IT to provide new gradebook system training

2020 August 12

HISD teachers have been working with the HISD Information Technology department this summer to provide HISD Connect training for the new gradebook system.

The training sessions will continue to be offered to all teachers through Aug. 21 virtually through Microsoft Teams.

Forest Brook Middle School Teacher Specialist Kristen Rillieux, who is helping to deliver the training, said teachers enjoy learning from other teachers.

“We understand each other’s challenges and woes when it involves grading and implementing a new system,” Rillieux said.

Teachers can register for a training session in OneSource. Sessions are offered every day at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Course numbers are as follows:

1441065 – Elementary PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook)

1441053 – Secondary PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook)

“Everyone can master this user-friendly system after a week of using it,” Rillieux said. “I also enjoy this system because of the reports you can create to differentiate instruction and scaffold learning in the classroom.”

Teachers will be compensated for their time for attending the training. Although it is not required to attend this training during off-contract time, attending during the summer will allow teachers more time to become familiar with the new system.

“Teachers should take this training now because online learning will entail learning a lot of new things, so this would be one less thing they have to worry about mastering during the new school year,” Rillieux said.

Lawson Middle School Science Teacher Tricia Nicholas said the training was very informative.

“I feel confident using the new system,” Nicholas said.

Piney Point Elementary School First-Grade Teacher Kristen Lowery agreed that the training was valuable and effective.

“The presenter was very helpful, well-organized and answered all questions,” Lowery said. “I am excited to use this during the school year.”

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