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Want to be a counselor? Come to ACP info. session Nov. 6

2013 October 31
by HISD Communications

HISD’s Alternative Certification Program will be offering teachers an opportunity to obtain their school counseling certification through a two-year, State-approved, cohort-based program.

“In light of recent legislation, there is a demand for highly effective school counselors, and the HISD Counselor ACP aims to recruit, train, and certify individuals who are ready to work as school counselors in a large urban setting,” said Natalie Rubio, director of HISD’s Alternative Certification Program.

Teachers with a completed master’s degree who earned at least a 2.75 GPA and have a valid teaching certificate and two or three years of successful teaching experience are eligible to participate in the program.

Interested candidates can find out more information about the HISD ACP Counseling Certification Program by viewing the webinar posted here and/or by attending the next information session on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 2C05 of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092).

Info session about online degree programs Nov. 5

A number of universities now offer fully online degree and certification programs through Academic Partnerships, including five within the State of Texas.

To learn more about each one’s offerings, as well as which programs may qualify for up to $8,000 in TEACH grant funds, please visit the websites noted above.

Lamar University will also be hosting an information session at the Chimney Rock Service Center (5827 Chimney Rock, Suite 2200, Conf. Room A, 77081) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Masters programs available include: Educational Administration, Educational Technology Leadership, School Counseling, Teacher Leadership (four concentration areas), and Special Ed (two concentration areas). Certificate programs focus on LPC Counseling, GT, Autism and Special Ed. The bachelors program is for Applied Arts and Sciences and General Studies.

An info session on the masters programs and certifications will start at 4 p.m., while the session on bachelor degrees will begin at 4:30.

To RSVP to this session, please send an email to

Visit this site for additional information or to apply online.

First HISD Night Out at the Rockets Nov. 1

HISD’s longtime community partner, the Houston Rockets, will be hosting HISD Nights for district employees on Fri., Nov. 1, and Sat., Nov. 9, and Sat., Nov. 23, 2013.

Employees can get tickets to all three of these games at a discount, and everyone who purchases tickets through this special offer will get to shoot a free throw on the Rockets’ home court immediately after the game.

For details, please see this flyer (pdf).

Nominate Someone for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award

All public school districts and state-certified, full-time public school teachers and principals currently within the H-E-B service area are eligible for nomination. Check out this page for details on award categories available, and this page to nominate someone.

Deadline is midnight on Dec. 8, 2013.

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