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Weekly Teacher Download for October 5

2020 October 2
by HISD Communications


Leadership Summit: HISD will host this virtual fall mini-conference on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Leadership Summit will be centered around the districtwide Professional Learning Communities that support our continuous innovation and improvement for campus success. Leaders will hear from others in our community through a combination of live speaker series, professional development learning sessions, and live modeling of the virtual and traditional learning best practices. Blended learning is here to stay, and we are capitalizing on the opportunity to highlight the great leaders and collaborative partners within our midst! Register to attend via Microsoft Teams.

HISD Connect: If you have not received training for the new gradebook system, register today using OneSource. If you have already received training, find additional resources in the HISD Solution Center, including Grade Book Solutions, the Teacher Quick Access Guide, Creating Assignments, Traditional Grade Calculations, Entering Grades/Scoring, and Modifying Grades. View additional information, including PD Plus (recommended courses from PowerSchool). Online recordings of the training sessions are located in OneSource and available 24/7 (Elementary-1443649, Secondary-1443411).

Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP): New teachers, as the deadline for completing and submitting your IPDP in TADS quickly approaches, you will meet with your appraiser to develop a goal-setting plan for the school year. All teachers participate in a Goal-Setting Conference with their appraiser during October. Join us for a live webinar session on how to prepare for your first conference with your appraiser and learn more about what to expect. If you are interested in joining one of our live webinar sessions via Microsoft Teams, please click on the Preparing for the Goal Setting Conference in TADS link to register. There will be two sessions to choose from: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5-6 p.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5-6 p.m.

Social Emotional Learning Department: Please visit our Social Emotional Learning Department website for resources such as pre-recorded webinars, teacher resources, behavior resources, and parent resources. Webinar topics include Engagement Strategies for the Virtual Classroom, Managing COVID Stress for Teachers, Coping Strategies, and Incorporating SEL at Home. These resources may also be shared with your parents. Click here to access the Rethink Ed self-care series and lesson plans. Visit the Rethink Ed HISD page and the SEL Google site for more resources.


CTE Professional Development Opportunity: CTE is offering a session on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.: “Exploring Livestock Production, Human Nutrition, and Health with Texas 4-H.” Participants will experience the award-winning “Quality Counts” curriculum. This learning experience takes students through the livestock production process and fosters the ethical raising of youth livestock projects, building connections between animal agriculture and a healthy lifestyle. Participants will discover resources and lessons within the Texas 4-H Food and Nutrition Explore Guides. This is for CTE instructors teaching Ag Animal Science, (Livestock Production), Character Development, Ag (Food Science and Technology), Health Science (Exercise Science and Wellness), Hospitality (Culinary Arts), and Human Services (Health & Wellness); Family and Community Services.

CTE Welding Instructor Opportunity: The Career Readiness department is offering a Cengage Learning session for welding instructors, “Mind Tap for Welding.” This will be a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams on Oct. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is for high school welding instructors only.

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 in acknowledgment of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The contest entry form is available here, under Bring Security Home, to help guide your efforts.

Career and Technical Education (CTE): CTE instructors who certify students in MOS have biweekly access to Keith German, CCI Learning. He will be available for CTE teachers biweekly via Microsoft Teams for those who have Jasperactive questions, concerns, etc. CTE teachers are added to the calendar as optional, and it will be recurring. Contact Keith German at To “book” a separate call session, generally 5-20 minutes, visit his online calendar page. To create a technical support ticket, visit the Jasperactive Support page and select Submit a Ticket (preferred), email, or call 888-882-8635.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Minecraft Cohort: The Career Readiness department is hosting a two-day cohort, “Minecraft: Education Edition Cohort,” led by Program Manager James Wigfall. This cohort is for teachers who are new to the Minecraft: Education Edition or need a refresher on the basics. This will be held Oct. 8-9. Both sessions will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. You must register through OneSource Learning. The virtual course number is 1442193.

Career and Technical Education (CTE): Please view our upcoming Career and Technical Education Professional Development Calendar for October 2020 learning opportunities. These sessions are all virtual and planned for Career and Technical Education instructors. You must register through OneSource to receive credit. The Microsoft Teams links to join the sessions are on the calendar. Should you have any training questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Stacey Whitmore, CTE Manager at

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