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Information session for aspiring principals scheduled for Dec. 5

2012 November 29
by HISD Communications

One-year master’s degree program being offered through new University of Houston partnership

Do you have what it takes to lead an HISD school?

If so, and you are an HISD educator with at least three years of teaching experience, you should consider attending an information session being held at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092).

There, you can learn more about the new partnership between HISD and the University of Houston (.pdf flyer here), which was created to offer aspiring leaders the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in education with a focus on turnaround leadership.

Graduates of this one-year program will have the business, education, and management skills needed for leading successful urban schools—as well as for obtaining principal certification in the State of Texas.

Classes for the inaugural cohort start in the summer of 2013 and will be led by instructors from UH, HISD, and other experts in education.

The Dec. 5 information session will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the HMWESC cafeteria. Interested employees are asked to fill out this brief online form.

For more information, please contact Alejandro Morúa at 713-742-4925 or

 Two-day training for teachers

Professional Support & Development will be hosting on January 3-4, 2013, a teacher training opportunity entitled,Just-in-Time Curriculum Training: Getting Ahead and Starting 2013 Strong!” 

During this two-day training, participating teachers will get a jump start on planning and preparing for the 3rd 9 weeks/4th 6 weeks of instruction. The training will include “Looking Back” and “Planning for the Spring” components.

Specifically, teachers will review and analyze the November District-Level Trend Assessment data, learn and practice recommended intervention strategies, and plan interventions for low performing student expectations.  Teachers will also preview the 3rd 9 weeks/4th 6 weeks HISD Curriculum Unit Planning Guides, break down hard-to-learn standards using the Lead4Ward Field Guides, plan assessments, and develop specific lesson plans for the 3rd 9 weeks/4th 6 weeks.

The targeted grade level and content areas include:

  • Grade 3 Math
  • Grade 4 ELA
  • Grade 6 Reading
  • Grade 7 Math
  • English I
  • English II
  • Algebra I

The training will take place from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Ryan Professional Development Center (4001 Hardy, 77009).  In addition to eTrain professional development credit, teachers will be compensated $100 per day ($200 total).

Teachers are to register for this voluntary two-day training using the following link by 5:00pm on Friday, December 7, 2012:

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