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Weekly Teacher Download for August 31

2020 August 28
by HISD Communications


TADS Feedback and Development Tool via AIM Teacher Support

The Appraisal and Incentive Management (AIM) Portal, which currently contains Link and ePortfolio, will now integrate TADS Student Performance/Grow and TADS Feedback & Development, bringing multiple processes to one site. While the changes to the platform should be easily manageable, we want to ensure you have the support you need to access and complete the TADS program forms with ease within the AIM Portal. As a first step, there are two support options available to aid teachers in becoming more familiar with the Feedback & Development section of the AIM Portal.

Teacher Support Option One:

Join us for a live webinar overview of the AIM Portal via the Microsoft Teams application. Use the Microsoft Forms link below to register for a live webinar during teacher pre-service days.

Click here to register for a live webinar overview of the AIM Portal.

Teacher Support Option Two:

Teachers can also access a navigational video recording of the Feedback and Development section of the AIM Portal in the TADS Toolbox. To access the navigational video, simply click on the link below to the TADS Toolbox and then click on the Feedback and Development tool option under Resources.

Click here to access the TADS Toolbox.

Professional Development Enrichment Opportunities: The Career Readiness Department is offering virtual professional development training sessions during enrichment dates, Sept. 1-3. Some of those sessions include “Virtual Engagement Ideas for CTE High School Students” and “Learning How the Discovery Education Experience Supports Flexible Learning Environments.” Click here for more sessions and OneSource course numbers. Click here and here to view the professional development sessions.

Professional Development Enrichment Opportunities: The Career Readiness Professional Development Team has created a 2020-2021 Professional Development Interest Survey and added it to the Professional Development page. Career and Technical Education teachers can select Professional Development (PD) topics that they are interested in pursuing. Topics are related to CTE teaching and learning, as they prepare students for further careers in current or emerging professions. The Professional Development Team has created editable student data and goal trackers for teachers to download on the PD website. Click here to download additional instructional resources.

Call for CTE Teacher-Led Presenters: Do you have any CTE best practices to share, pedagogical approaches, prior instruction-related CTE struggles you have mastered, or simply want to foster CTE teacher-to-teacher professional learning? Then we would love for you to share how you prepare students for skills needed for further education and careers in emerging professions. Click here to submit your request.

2020 SECME Virtual STEM Institute: This isan opportunity for FREE professional development to assist with starting the year virtually.Due to COVID-19, SECME is unable to host its annual in-person summer institute. This year, we are going VIRTUAL! This year’s theme is Moving STEM Beyond the Cloud!There are a limited number of sponsorships available for HISD teachers.This is your opportunity to learn about STEM education content and strategies. There will be sessions geared towards our current reality of starting class virtually, including hands-on STEM in a virtual world, VEX robotics, virtual teaching tips, and more!If you are interested in attending the 2020 SECME Virtual Institute, please register here. Limited spaces remain. Click here and here to learn more about HISD SECME. Watch a video about HISD SECME.

SEL Trauma Sequence for Back to School: The scope and sequence will carry educators through the first four weeks and will provide educators, counselors, etc. with a roadmap to easing students back into school via direct instruction in the areas of Emotions, Stress Management, Support Systems, and Resilience. Educators and counselors will just filter the Emotions/Stress Management/Support Systems/Resilience SEL areas in the program by grade level. Check out the HISD Rethink Communication page. Contact us at for assistance. Visit the SEL Google Site for more information and to register to attend a training.

HISD SEL and Rethink Ed: To prep, the educator/counselor should watch the Educator video on Trauma, located in the My Training area section of the platform. The educator can use the guided lesson plans and activities to situate students in today’s environment and climate. Click here to learn more about pairing RethinkEd and Google Classroom.

HISD SEL Social Story (Wearing a Mask): This social story will be for students who required differentiated instruction in wearing masks for COVID-19.           

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