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Weekly Teacher Download for the week of Sept. 12, 2016

2016 September 9
by HISD Communications



  • TADS Talk Saturdays: Have questions about the Teacher Appraisal and Development System?
  • Come to Chavez High School on Saturday, Sept. 17, for the first TADS Talk Saturday. You may arrive for one of three concurrent 90-minute sessions that start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. The sessions will address policy, professional communication, questions, and how to take a leading role in the TADS processes. For more information regarding TADS or TADS Talk Saturdays, email


  • FREE STEM Curriculum and Training Available to K-8 Teachers
  • Want to bring project-based learning to your K-8 math and science classes but not sure where to find resources? Check out HISD’s STEM design challenges in the K-8 math and science HUB resource folders. These challenges align to math/science TEKS, ELPS, and CCRS standards, and offer you a new approach to teaching important content. Uncertain about how to get started with these resources? You’re in luck! The Advanced Academics department is hosting training sessions utilizing these K-8 STEM design challenges. Training sessions are from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in September, November, and January. Training for the Cycle 1 design challenge is this week, so come and join us. Walk-ins are welcome. You will leave with a fresh approach to your teaching and the knowledge of how to use the STEM resources available to you on the HUB.

    • Elementary design challenge trainings targeting cycle 1 standards: Sept. 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Course #57002 in OneSource Learning
    • Middle school design challenge trainings targeting cycle 1 standards – Sept. 14  from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Course #57001 in OneSource Learning


  • Cultivating Authentic Inquiry-Driven Instruction for Basic and Proficient Learning
  • Sign up today for Independent Investigation Method training. The course satisfies the G/T 6-hour course-credit update. All participants will leave with IIM Teacher Manual, CD, and PowerPoint. Teachers will have one hour for lunch each day.


    OneSource ID



    Independent Investigation Method K-5


    8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
    Oct. 13 and Oct. 20

    Ryan Professional Building

    Independent Investigation Method K-5


    8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
    Oct. 18 and Oct. 25

    Ryan Professional Building

    Independent Investigation Method K-5


    8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
    Oct. 27 and Nov. 10

    Ryan Professional Building

    Independent Investigation Method 6-12


    8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
    Oct. 19 and Oct. 26

    Ryan Professional Building

    Independent Investigation Method K-12


    8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
    Oct. 13 and Oct. 20

    Ryan Professional Building



  • Attend New Teacher Saturday on Sept. 17 at Chavez High School
  • Teaching is a balancing act. Learn how to save, manage, and maximize time at the Fall New Teacher Saturday: Managing Time on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chavez High School. Participants will select from more than 15 sessions, including Universal Design Learning, TADS Talk, classroom management quick techniques, saving time through technology integration, and much more. Register in OneSource using Course #54005. For more information, contact



  • MyON and Single-Sign-On Using the HUB
  • Thanks to single sign-on through the HISD HUB, gaining access to myON is much simpler than before. MyON, a digital book platform offering thousands of books in both English and Spanish, is available on all elementary, ECC, and K-8 campuses in the district. Teachers and students no longer need to remember usernames and passwords. Just login to the HISD HUB, click the More tab, click Digital Resources, and click the myON icon, and the class roster will appear. Teacher training on myON is available through the Elementary Curriculum and Development Literacy Team. For more information or to schedule a training, contact Cynthia Gonzalez at


  • New Format for K-5 Science Planning Guides
  • Not sure which activities support which components of 5E? Not to worry. Elementary Curriculum and Development is pleased to announce a new feature embedded within the K-5 science planning guides. The 5E’s represent five stages of sequence for teaching and learning science content: engage, explore, explain, extend (or elaborate), and evaluate. Each of the activities suggested in the planning guides are explicitly labeled as a component of the 5E instructional model. This new format will support teachers in planning for effective science lessons and student learning.


  • Required State of Texas Compliance Coursework for Teaching Identified G/T students. Participants will obtain the 30-hour course-credit requirement and will be introduced to the Scholar and Knowledge framework. The course will include the five G/T core knowledge and competencies: nature and needs, identification and assessment, social and emotional needs, creativity, and differentiation. Teachers will have 30 minutes for lunch each day. Register in OneSource using Course #AP_GT30.
    Course Date and Locations
    Sept. 13 – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ryan Professional Learning Center (PL8) 
    Sept. 20 – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ryan Professional Learning Center (PL8) 
    Sept. 27 – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ryan Professional Learning Center (PL8) 



  • All secondary math teachers are invited to join math training on September 17.  Choice topics include calculator training and instructional resource training.  Interested teachers should sign up using this link: For more information contact Alyssa Howell at


  • Social Studies Active Classroom Super Saturday on Sept. 24  at Hattie Mae White from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This training opportunity will support teachers as they navigate the Active Classroom resources in order to plan instruction for the fall. Register in OneSource. For more information, contact Montra Rogers at


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