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Weekly Teacher Download for April 26, 2021

2021 April 22
by HISD Communications


Teacher Incentive Allotment program
Next spring, HISD will be participating in the TEA’s Teacher Incentive Allotment, a program that aims to help districts boost student success while also recruiting and retaining high-quality educators. HISD is eager to be a part of this program because it will help increase salaries for the district’s highest performing teachers while also ensuring students have equitable access to the most effective teachers. HISD is seeking stakeholder feedback, so please take a few minutes to complete the Teacher Incentive Allotment Stakeholder Engagement Survey. Responses will be submitted anonymously, and all information collected is confidential. Visit to learn more about the program.

Leadership Development: Apply now for the Campus Leadership Internship Program.
HISD is seeking qualified internship candidates who would like to become campus leaders in the district next school year. The 2020-2021 HISD Campus Leadership Internship is a one-year paid residency that includes a $15,000 scholarship to the University of Houston for a master’s degree. For more information, see this story.

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, at by April 26, 2021. For more information, see this flyer.

Social and Emotional Learning
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 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 713-556-1340. 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.

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
Please view the Weekly CTE Bulletin, April 2021 Vol. IV, regarding how to submit your CTE Teacher of the Month entry, CTE student highlights, professional learning opportunities, upcoming workshops, conferences, job opportunities for youth, and other teacher-related resources. Please review the HISD Grant Development Newsletter, V. 4. High school principals and CTE administrators, join us for open labs to discuss Industry-Based Certification Entries for the 2020-2021 school year. Also, please see the April Professional Development Calendar. All OneSource courses are self-paced for CTE teachers; register through OneSource to receive credit. Visit the HUB for Career Readiness updates, resources, and announcements, including Career and Military Signing Day on May 20. In other news, Eagle’s Trace Retirement Community is now hiring student servers, and the Out 2 Learn website offers information on a variety of out-of-school programs for children and youth ages 5 to 18.

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


Early Childhood

Pre-K Adoption Information: There are three Savvas learning videos on the Early Childhood HUB to give insight into the instructional materials you will be receiving this summer at your campus. You will also find a digital brochure with a description of their print and digital components.

Imagine Math Benchmark Assessment: Every student starts with the first benchmark test, which is automatically assigned. Because the third benchmark is not mandatory, although we highly recommended it, the benchmark needs to be assigned by the classroom teacher. Watch this short video to learn how to enable the Benchmark Assessment by May 3: Benchmark Enablement: Imagine Math.  After you have enabled Benchmark tests, review the video on Reading and Interpreting Benchmark Reports.

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