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Weekly Teacher Download for March 1, 2021

2021 February 26
by HISD Communications


Virtual COVID-19 Townhall Meeting: Please save the date for Friday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. for a virtual townhall meeting, “Dispelling Vaccine Myths,” being held in partnership with the Houston Health Department. Further details for joining this online event will be provided via email.

The HISD COVID Student Engagement Survey is currently open for all students in grades 4-11. Students may access through a link placed prominently in the HUB and have through March 7 to complete it. The survey is not timed and should take students 5-10 minutes. It should be done in a structured environment—at home or at school—and can be done on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. For more information, see this flyer (note that it still has the old deadline). The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Special Education

Part 3: Antiracism and Designing Instruction

Goalbook, the web-based resource that provides academic and behavior strategies, will host the final session of its three-part webinar series focused on using their resources to create an anti-racist learning environment so that all students succeed. Please contact or call 713-556-6844 with questions.  Click on either date below to register:

Strategy and Innovation
HISD is seeking innovative project proposals from educators 
for HISD By Design, a new program aimed at funding innovative projects and programs from educators that directly impacts student achievement. The application deadline is March 24, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, see this flyer. Please join the HISD By Design information session on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. To learn more about HISD By Design, visit

Social and Emotional Learning
SEL Resources:
 The Let’s Stay Connected Mental Health Hotline provides emotional, social, and psychological supports to students and parents who feel the need for assistance and is available at 713-556-1340 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All callers may remain anonymous. Trained staff from Social and Emotional Learning are available to offer counseling and mental health education, and make referrals in English and Spanish. Please find downloadable resources at the SEL website for webinars and companion handouts. Visit the SEL Google Site for more information on training sessions.


Career and Technical Education

Please explore the CTE March Professional Development Calendar. There are free after-school and online trainings, summer workshops, on-demand OneSource trainings, and other virtual opportunities. For more CTE course information, please email Dr. Stacey Whitmore at Also, please visit HISD Career Readiness for this week’s CTE Bulletin or click here. For flyers regarding March 2021 supplemental courses, workshops, and professional development, see this flyer.

The virtual town hall hiring, Seniors to Success 2.0, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 4, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and student registration is required. A link for the TEAMS meeting will be sent after registering. For more information, email Carolina Cano at or Echos Blevins at

CTE Career Tip Tuesdays: CTE teachers, encourage your students to join CTE career advisors every second and fourth Tuesday during February for sessions led by expert professionals and educators on how to stand out from the crowd and become a competitive job applicant. This month’s topics are Job Search Platforms and Graduate With Top Industry Certifications. See this flyer for more information.

Inform juniors about corporate internships that pay students $10 per hour during their senior year. They need to apply now to Genesys Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teens. Deadline is March 5. More info in this story.

Save the Date: 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.

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