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Weekly Teacher Download for April 12, 2021

2021 April 8
by HISD Communications


Leadership Development: Apply now for the Campus Leadership Internship Program
HISD is seeking qualified internship candidates who would like to become campus leaders in the district next school year. The 2020-2021 HISD Campus Leadership Internship is a one-year paid residency that includes a $15,000 scholarship to the University of Houston for a master’s degree. For more information, see this story.

Office of Special Populations – Interventions Office
“Momentum:  Getting Back on Track,” the first annual Interventions Office Conference, will be on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. This virtual event is designed to empower and engage HISD employees, families, community members, and other partners to drive strategies that focus on four learning strands that guide our work and help us plan the future. Teachers, administrators, and instructional personnel at all levels are invited to participate. Click on this link to register and view the conference schedule.

Special Education
Big Ideas In SPED: The Office of Special Education Services has developed several sessions that examine specific strategies to support SWD and ways to instruct them to ensure you are addressing their skill deficits, as well as teaching grade level standards. For OneSource Course Numbers and information on sessions, see this flyer.

Social and Emotional Learning
According to Safe & Civil Schools, teachers can decrease student misbehavior with planned breaks to allow learners to move around, change activities, or redirect attention to provide mental breaks from challenging activities. Teachers can schedule whole class breaks by breaking a larger activity into smaller activities. Also, insert breaks in between tasks. Tailor breaks for individual students who struggle with focusing during work time. Present a break card to the learner to request a break or assign the learner a classroom job, such as handing out papers or running an errand.

Career Readiness
When I Grow Up, the ninth annual career expo for HISD students in grades K-12, is going to be virtual this year. Set for 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, it features hands-on career exploration, summer job opportunities, raffles, prizes, and entertainment. See this flyer for more information.

Save the date! The third annual multilingual symposium, “The Blueprint: Engineering Foundations that Build Academic Language,” via Teams is set for June 25-26, 2021. The deadline to register is June 24, 2021. See this story for more information.


Fine Arts
Dance teachers, there is an open call for dance film choreographies for an HISD dance film festival on April 24. This is an opportunity for your middle and high school dance students to screen their dance films and receive professional feedback. Register here. For more information, contact Sanja Korman at

Career and Technical Education
Attention all middle and high school CTE teachers, as well as CTE administrators: Please view the April 2021 Vol. II Weekly CTE Bulletin, where you will find an opportunity to nominate a CTE Teacher of the Month, submit CTE student highlights, enter the Best of CTE Pathways Video Competition, and take advantage of professional learning opportunities, a Youth Talent Showcase, the launch of Amazon Fulfillment Center Virtual Tours, upcoming workshops, conferences, job opportunities for youth, and other CTE teacher resources.

Please see the April 2021 Professional Development Calendar for self-paced OneSource courses for CTE high school teachers. High school counselors and CTE administrators are welcome to take these courses, too. Please register through OneSource Learning to receive proper credit. Visit the HUB for weekly for Career Readiness updates, resources, and announcements. For those who teach in the Law and Public Safety Program of Study, you have access to free weekly webinars in addition to ongoing news/articles about the world of justice.

Attention all HISD Strategy & Innovation Team Members! EMERGE is now recruiting current 10th graders, and we need your help identifying competitive applicants. The EMERGE-HISD Class of 2023 application is live with a deadline of May 31, 2021. Students can apply at EMERGE recruitment sessions will be held twice a week virtually Wed., April 14, through Sat., May 29. Students can sign up at See this flyer and this brochure for more information.

EMERGE prepares and empowers high-performing students from underserved communities to apply, attend, and graduate from top colleges and universities across the nation. These institutions offer substantial financial aid packages and boast highly supportive communities with graduation rates at or above 75%. To qualify, you must:

  • Be economically disadvantaged and generally the first in your family to attend a four-year college or university
  • have a strong academic profile that includes getting good grades in rigorous courses
  • Have academic vitality + achievement, perseverance, and open mindedness. 

For questions or more information on EMERGE, please visit or contact EMERGE Student Recruiter Bethany Okezie at

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