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Weekly Teacher Download for April 19, 2021

2021 April 15
by HISD Communications


Office of the Chief of Staff
HISD is seeking input for the development of the Local Designation System as part of the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). The aggregate information will be shared with various committees to help guide the design process of the Local Designation System. All information is completely anonymous and confidential. To find out more about TIA and HISD, visit our website at Click here to complete the survey

Recruitment and Selection
Attention paraprofessionals! Are you interested in becoming a full-time teacher but want to finish your degree while still working as a paraprofessional? Apply for the Community Teacher Equity Development Program, which is a partnership between the University of Houston College of Education and HISD, by April 26, 2021. Join a Zoom informational session at 4:30 p.m. on April 22, 2021, by clicking on Apply for the program at by April 26, 2021. For more information, see this flyer.

Greentown Houston on April 22
This Earth Day, the City of Houston is opening Greentown Houston, the city’s first-ever climate-tech startup incubator. On Earth Day 2020, the City of Houston announced its Climate Action Plan, and one year later they are presenting a celebration of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and innovation that will power Houston’s climate leadership. Located in the city’s Innovation District, Greentown Houston will provide more than 40,000 sq. ft. of prototyping labs, offices, and community spaces for about 50 climate tech startups totaling 200-300 employees. At the Grand Opening on April 22, which will be livestreamed, they will introduce the startups and corporations helping drive climate action in Houston and beyond. Visit to join the livestream event.

Social and Emotional Learning
SEL is continuing to serve students throughout April by focusing on helping them cope with test-taking anxiety. Students may log into Microsoft TEAMS for a 30-minute, activity-based, interactive session. During these sessions, students will learn skills to use before, during, and after the STAAR exam to combat anxiety. Sessions for both elementary and secondary are Fridays beginning at 9 a.m., with two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. Sessions are 30 minutes and classrooms can join based on their availability at Live Student SEL Sessions Teams Link. See this flyer for more information.

Save the date! The third annual multilingual symposium, “The Blueprint: Engineering Foundations that Build Academic Language,” via Teams is set for June 25-26, 2021. The deadline to register is June 24, 2021. See this story for more information.


Career and Technical Education
Attention all middle and high school CTE teachers, as well as CTE administrators: Please view the April 2021 Vol. III Weekly CTE Bulletin, where you will find an opportunity to nominate a CTE Teacher of the Month, submit CTE student highlights, view upcoming workshops, explore job opportunities for youth, and other resources. Please see the April 2021 Professional Development Calendar for self-paced OneSource courses for CTE high school teachers. High school counselors and CTE administrators are welcome to take these courses, too. Please register through OneSource Learning to receive proper credit. Visit the HUB for weekly for Career Readiness updates, resources, and announcements. For those who teach in the Law and Public Safety Program of Study, you have access to free weekly webinars in addition to ongoing news/articles about the world of justice.


EMERGE is now recruiting current 10th graders, and we need your help identifying competitive applicants. The EMERGE-HISD Class of 2023 application is live with a deadline of May 31, 2021. Students can apply at EMERGE recruitment sessions will be held twice a week virtually through Sat., May 29. Students can sign up at See this flyer and this brochure for more information. For questions or more information on EMERGE, please visit or contact EMERGE Student Recruiter Bethany Okezie at

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