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Weekly Teacher Download for October 26

2020 October 22
by HISD Communications


Teacher Service Day: The next Teacher Service Day (no students) is on Tuesday, Nov. 3. There will be no virtual or in-person classes for students on Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day. Nov. 3 is now a student holiday and virtual staff professional development day. The student holiday and staff professional development day scheduled on Wednesday, February 24 has been changed to Nov. 3. All students and staff should report to school as normal on Feb. 24.

The professional development catalog is posted on the HISD eLearning website. For any questions on courses, email the department course contact or

Campus administrators and teachers may choose from the following three options for staff professional development:

  • District pre-approved staff development
  • Campus or other staff development approved by their area superintendent
  • Comp day for teachers or campus administrators who have accumulated the required number of staff development hours as approved by their manager. Refer to for an optional form that teachers can use to submit staff development hours for COMP requests.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” Research shows that SEL competencies are important for success in school and life. Please refer to the updated CASEL Framework. Visit the Rethink Ed HISD page, the SEL Google site, and the SEL Blog for more resources.

Career and Technical Education (CTE): MS-ISAC has launched the 2020-2021 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest! Each year, K-12 students from across the country submit pieces of artwork that cover topics such as being safe online, online security practices, cyberbullying, and how to be a good digital citizen. Public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12 are all invited to participate! The contest will run from September 25, 2020 – January 22, 2021. The winners of the contest will be recognized nationally for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The contest entry form is available here, under Bring Security Home.

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