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Weekly Teacher Download for January 11

2021 January 7
by HISD Communications


Special Education: Sign up now for this virtual Specially Designed Instruction Symposium on Orton Gillingham teaching methods and how to apply differentiation to the lesson cycle for reading teachers and interventionists from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2020. Keynote speaker Misty Walker-Ramsey will present “Connecting the 7Gs to Dyslexia Instruction” and attendees will choose from breakout sessions on metacognition, comprehension, phonological awareness, fluency, executive functioning, and tech tools.  There will be giveaways, including gift cards and other classroom items. Please share the SDI symposium and Orton Gillingham in action on social media using the hashtag #OGinHISD. To attend via Microsoft Teams, please register in OneSource for course 1447586. See this flyer for more information or click on

January Goalbook webinars

Starting in January 2021, Goalbook, the web-based resource that provides academic and behavior strategies, will host a three-part webinar series focused on using their resources to create an antiracist learning environment so that all students succeed.  Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions. Additional information will be forthcoming specific to Part 2 and Part 3.  Please contact or call 713-556-6844 if you have questions.

 Part 1: Antiracism and the Universal Design for Learning Framework

Social and Emotional Learning

Welcome Back and Happy New Year! Teachers, @SELHISD will provide Thursday Winter Training Offerings that will focus on strategies and best practices for building relationships with students to help manage classroom behaviors. Please consider joining us for Behavior Intervention, De-escalation, Classroom Management, and Trauma Informed Practices trainings, depending on availability. Please see this document for information on how to register in One Source.  For additional resources, please visit Rethink Ed and the SEL Google Site.

 SEL Campus Spotlight: Bellaire HS
Message from social worker Lara Hulin: “In the spirit of SEL being a process of empowerment for education teams to learn from one another, connect, and collectively create positive school communities, Bellaire High School would like to share the following ideas: Teacher Chats (led by school social worker) and Teacher Book Studies (led by teacher) are informal monthly group meetings in which faculty and staff meet to discuss a topic, book, podcast, Ted Talk or article, specifically focusing on sharing and learning from one another and how we can implement new strategies at Bellaire.”

Group 1 Automotive

HISD has partnered with the Sterling McCall family of dealerships to offer HISD employees an exclusive Vehicle Buying Program with services designed to save you time and money at all Group 1 automotive dealerships. Click here to learn more.

New Teachers
Each month we will spotlight one of the Instructional Practice (IPR) criterion within TADS. This month’s IPR focus criterion is PL-2 collects, tracks, and uses student data to drive instruction.  Join us for a live webinar session during which we will dive into effective practice strategies that will support your ability to ensure you are:

  • accurately determining student progress toward and mastery of objectives and annual student learning goals using multiple methods of assessment
  • using a system to track student assessment data, including individual and class progress toward meeting unit objectives and annual learning goals
  • analyzing student progress data at key points during a unit and during the year
  • using analysis of student progress data to plan differentiated instruction, including intervention and enrichment
  • ensuring students can articulate their performance and progress relative to unit objectives and annual learning goals.

If you are interested in joining our live webinar, click on this link to register for a session:

IPR Spotlight: PL-2 Collects, Tracks, and Uses Student Data to Drive Instruction Live Webinar


Career and Technical Education
Please view our January 2021 CTE Professional Development Calendar for upcoming after school and self-paced training sessions for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. Please register through OneSource Learning to receive credit for courses. There are many supplemental opportunities available for all teachers. Please visit the HUB for HISD Career Readiness resources and announcements, and see courses explained below. Also, visit the HISD Career Readiness website or click on Weekly CTE News Bulletin for the January edition. Before registering for OneSource courses, please reference the CTE audience on the Professional Development Calendar. If you have any OneSource course questions, please contact Dr. Stacey Whitmore at

Additional CTE Information and Opportunities

See the January Region 4 Distance Learning Event Schedule for upcoming events and professional development opportunities. For EverFI Career Exploration Lessons training on Jan. 21, 2021, see this flyer. eDynamic Learning has new courses on robotics, business communications, business law, sport medicine, and more this month; see this flyer for instructions on how to register. Junior Achievement is offering a new course on Strategic Goals for HISD Scholars on Jan. 28; see this flyer for more information. For a course on Culturally and Linguistically Special Populations, see this flyer. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a new distance education program through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program specifically for 6th–12th grade students; for info on their “Healthy Teens, Healthy Future” curriculum, see this flyer. Applied Educational Systems Rep Heather Young will present two trainings;  January 26 is an introduction to Health Center 21 Digital Curriculum and January 27 is about Business and IT Center 21.

Career Tip Tuesday
Teachers, please encourage your students to join CTE career advisors every second and fourth Tuesday of the month for a mini lesson watch party led by expert professionals and educators on how to stand out from the crowd and become competitive job applicants.

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