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Weekly Teacher Download for Dec. 13, 2021

2021 December 9
by HISD Communications


Academic Instructional Technology

Free access to Adobe Software

HISD is providing high school teachers and their students access to the most popular applications of Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Spark, both at school and at home. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students with access to the premium version of Adobe Spark, both at school and at home. 

For Creative Cloud, once you’ve logged in, you can choose the apps you’d like to download. Please visit our website at for guides and tutorials. You can use Creative Suite in any browser. To access Spark, you can sign in through Clever or from your web browser. Go to On the top right corner of the browser select “sign in.” This will bring up a new page. Select “log in with school account” on the right side of the page and enter your school email and password. For Adobe Spark, please visit our website at for guides and tutorials. You can use Adobe Spark in any browser, including Chromebooks.

Social and Emotional Learning

Find a comfortable spot for yourself and treat your mind and soul to one of these great reads:

  • “The Present” by S. Johnson
  • “Dear Teacher” by B. Johnson and H. Bowman
  • “Dare to Lead” by B. Brown
  • “The Garden: A Spiritual Fable About Ways to Overcome Fear, Anxiety, and Stress” by J. Gordon
  • “Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plan for Educator” by T. Boogren
  • “Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience” by L. Baylis and K. Neff
  • “Everyday Self-Care for Educators: Tools and Strategies for Well-Being” by C. Tantillo, C. Philibert, C. Soto, and L. Veon

All of us at SEL wish you a restful winter break!


Elementary Reading

Elementary Reading teachers are invited to attend an “Ask/Answer” meeting provided by Really Great Reading Implementation Specialists Jill Dickerson, Susan Hohertz, and Roxanne Rooney. Please join us by using the links provided below:

For questions, please email Tasha Howard at

Elementary Science

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: Students and their families are encouraged to engage in hands-on, minds-on science investigations over the winter break. The Houston Museum of Natural Science, in partnership with HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction, presents a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in kindergarten through 5th grade. Click here to access these engaging resources. Additionally, Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction has compiled a list of science activities and resources for students and families to explore at home. Click here for the Science at Home Symbaloo webmix.


Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Please view this week’s CTE Bulletin, December 2021, Vol. 1. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins. There will be no Teacher Service Day during December. The next Teacher Service Day for CTE is Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions. You may enter:  

  • Photos  
  • Videos  
  • Event flyers  
  • Business partnerships  
  • Campus initiatives  
  • Professional learning  
  • Best practices and more!  

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