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Weekly Teacher Download for October 2

2017 September 29
by HISD Communications

Please take this survey:  All teachers who have not already done so are encouraged to take part in a confidential survey to capture information on policies and practices that influence teaching and learning for students with disabilities and students identified as at-risk. The employee survey, conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), was released a few days before Hurricane Harvey, and because of a low response rate it is being re-released.  Please click here to take the confidential survey.

Classroom Management Training: The Department of Social and Emotional Learning is hosting Classroom Management training for all classroom teachers. CHAMPS is tailored to K-8 teachers while Discipline in Secondary Classrooms (DSC) is tailored to 9-12 grade teachers. The trainings are designed to help teachers manage student behavior more positively, with the end result of engaging students in the learning process. This one-day training will be offered several times this fall.  See below for dates. All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CHAMPS TRAINING Discipline in Secondary Classrooms (DSC)
Dates: Oct. 3, Oct. 24, Nov. 8, Dec. 6 Dates: Oct. 4, Oct. 25, Nov. 9, Dec. 7
OneSource Course #136001 OneSource Course #118001

TADS Adjusted Deadlines: As a result of Hurricane Harvey, teacher appraisal deadlines for the 2017-2018 school year have been adjusted. Teachers must have submitted Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) to their appraiser by Sept. 29. Once the IPDP has been completed, appraisers can begin conducting Goal-Setting Conferences. Goal Setting Conferences must be completed by Nov. 10.  Student Performance measures must have been submitted to teachers by Sept. 29, and teachers must acknowledge the measures by Oct. 6. For more information, see the 2017-2018 TADS Student Performance Guidebook.

October PD Catalog: Click here to review professional development opportunities for K-5 teachers.

Fall Literacy Summit Oct. 21: The conference-style event on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Kingdom Builders’ Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Kelly Gallagher, author and literacy expert. Sessions will be facilitated by teacher development specialists, classroom practitioners, and district vendors. This year’s summit will feature sessions designed to support the five components of HISD’s balance literacy block. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, expand their learning, and visit the Barnes and Noble Pop-Up Shop. Sign up on OneSource using course #715001

Professional Development Catalog: Click here to review professional development opportunities for secondary teachers.

Changes to Advanced Placement Teacher Support: HISD has made the decision to forgo the five early-release days to help impacted campuses recoup lost instructional time. Included below is an overview of the new supports available to AP teachers in the place of the previously used PLC model. More information regarding meeting times and locations will be shared with AP coordinators in the coming weeks.

  • A weekly content-specific email for AP teachers
  • Four chances to observe an AP master teacher, followed by an afternoon debrief/planning session
  • Access to 45-minute digital office-hours session with an AP master teacher once every six weeks
  • Support in planning and scoring AP mock exams
  • Updated curriculum and planning documents and support via the HUB community for selected course(s)


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