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Weekly Teacher Download for Jan. 18, 2022

2022 January 13
by HISD Communications


Fine Arts–Dance

Dance Connect “Days of Dance”: Fine Arts is offering professional development for dance teachers and workshops for students in collaboration with prominent Houston dance organizations. “Days of Dance” will provide a variety of live virtual classes that will be streamed into classrooms across the district during instructional time as follows:

  • Jan. 25: 6 virtual classes for early childhood and elementary dance (these classes will be made available to all dance and physical education teachers).
  • Jan. 26: 5 virtual classes for middle school dance programs
  • Jan. 27: 5 virtual classes for high school dance programs

The Arts Connect Houston dance organizations listed on this flyer will offer a variety of dance styles and stream live dance classes. To register, email

2022 Data All Stars Summit, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 5: Another big game day is approaching, and Student Assessment is here to help you shoot the ball into the net and score major points! Leaders and teachers will gear up with data-driven instruction best practices, call the right plays to avoid testing irregularities, block to ensure STAAR readiness, and complete a winning playbook as we countdown to STAAR. These sessions will include state accountability, designated supports, TEKS monitoring, and data-tracking systems, as well as critical reports for teachers and leaders. Lead4ward Rockin’ Review and other partners will count down to STAAR. Don’t miss the vendor expo and door prizes. Register for course #1464042 on Feb. 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, see 2022 Data All Stars Summit and this schedule.

Academic Instructional Technology

Student Assessment

Free access to Adobe Software

HISD is providing high school teachers and their students access to the most popular applications of Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Creative Express, both at school and at home. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students with access to the premium version of Adobe Creative Express, both at school and at home. 

For Creative Cloud, once you’ve logged in, you can choose the apps you’d like to download. Please visit the website at for guides and tutorials. You can use Creative Suite in any browser. To access Creative Express, you can sign in through Clever or from your web browser. Go to On the top right corner of the browser select “sign in.” This will bring up a new page. Select “log in with school account” on the right side of the page and enter your school email and password. For Adobe Creative Express, please visit our website at for guides and tutorials. You can use Adobe Creative Express in any browser, including Chromebooks.

Tech Tuesdays

Learn the basics and more of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on Jan. 25 from 4:15-5:00 p.m. Register for OneSource course #1461032.

Social and Emotional Learning

Please register now for the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) spring professional development courses. These eight courses include De-escalation, Sanford Harmony, Restorative Practices, Crisis Intervention: Trauma-Informed Practices, Mindfulness Adult SEL, Integrating SEL into Academics, SEL Culturally Responsive Classrooms, and Classroom Management: Procedures and Routines for Student Success. Please refer to this flyer for details on how to register in OneSource for classes from January 25 to May 26. Please share this information with colleagues and take care of yourself and each other.

Office of Special Education Services

The Instructional Continuity Team has launched the weekly Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching. The bite-sized lessons are designed to model digital tools and designated supports and accommodations appropriate to identified TEKS. It contains examples of how to support students with disabilities and those who struggle with learning.


Early Childhood

PK Literacy Kits Implementation with School Specialty for PreK and Early Childhood Special Education Teachers: Register for OneSource course 1462011 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. for a walk through the materials in the new PK literacy kits. Explore ways they support specific skills in the language and emergent literacy domains from the Texas PK Guidelines. This session will focus on developmentally appropriate practice to help prepare young learners to become successful readers and writers.

2021-2022 Virtual Early Childhood Conference: Save the date for the conference scheduled for 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. More information to come.

Elementary Math

See this flyer for 2022 January Math sessions and One Source course numbers. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Kindergarten TX-KEA Assessment MOY Window: Jan. 10–Feb. 11, 2022

HISD 100th Day of School: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

Kindergarten and Grade 1 HUB Links: To access HUB Google slide resources for Cycle 4 weeks (Jan. 17-Feb. 25), see link for these grades: Kindergarten copy links and Grade 1 copy links.

Elementary Science

Spring 2022 Elementary Science Sessions: Sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led) after school. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Lead Teacher Collaborative: Join us 4-6 p.m. Jan. 25 or 26 at Alliant Group to learn trends outlined to district and state data, collaborate on best practices for increasing science outcomes, and plan for delivering learning to build campus capacity. Register for OneSource #1464090. 

Grade 5 Elementary Science STAAR 2.0 Item Types: Join us 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Jan. 20 to learn about the new item types, implications for checking for understanding, and practice creating using Google slides. Register in OneSource #1464078 (Team meeting).

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: Students and their families are encouraged to engage in hands-on, minds-on science investigations at home. The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at Home Symbaloo web mix.

Elementary Reading

The TX KEA MOY window (Jan. 10-Feb. 11) is open. All kindergarten students must be tested during this administration window. 

CLI Engage Information

CLI Engage trainings and certificates:

If you have any questions, please email Tasha Howard at


Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Please view this week’s CTE bulletin, January 2022, Volume II. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins. The next Teacher Service Day (no students) for CTE is Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. You may enter:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Event flyers
  • Business partnerships
  • Campus initiatives
  • Professional learning
  • Best practices and more!

Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

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