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Weekly Teacher Download for September 10

2018 September 7
by HISD Communications


Changes to TADS: There are new updates to the Teacher Appraisal Development System. Comparative growth is now an optional measure for teachers. When Principals determine the measures in which to evaluate a teacher, Comparative Growth will be selected, however it can be deselected and another measure can be chosen. The other major changes are the addition of RL360/Screener as a Student Progress Measure in grades 1 and 2 and the Appraiser Approved Assessment/Performance Tasks for all courses. Look forward to more information being shared in the future.

HUB Updates: The HUB 2018 Back to School Updates are now available. These updates offer new functionality for teachers, including an improved Google integration, personalized learning pathways, and peer assessments. Click here for more detailed information or watch videos on the updates.

CTE Instructors Training: Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers are invited to attend an AutoCad 2D and 3D training on September 21 from 1-4 p.m. at South Early High School. Participants will learn the basic computer-aided drafting and techniques.  They will be introduced to 2D drawing and 3D printing.  Additionally, participants will learn setting up drawings and models form printing, plus classroom applications. Register in OneSource, course #1564009.

Houston Public Library Resources: The Houston Public Library (HPL) and HISD Library Services are ready to help you and your students kick off another school year with all the resources you need.  Every HISD student and staff member is automatically registered for an HPL Learning Link library card.  The card gives staff and students access to a variety of online resources (from databases to e-books) through the HPL icon on the HUB, as well as print materials that are fine free for students to check out from any HPL location. For elementary resources, click here. For middle school resources, click here. For high school resources, click here.


Lead4ward Math Training: The district and Lead4Ward are collaborating in a district-wide professional development opportunity for first grade through fifth grade math teachers titled, “Number Sense”. This first session for elementary math is on Tuesday, September 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Kingdom Builder’s Center. Sessions are specifically designated for self-contained or departmentalized math teachers.  Instructional coordinators and math content area leads are also encouraged to attend. Register in OneSource using course number, #1174001.


PowerUp Super Saturdays: Join PowerUp for Super Saturdays as they explore different strategies, tools and resources PowerUp has to offer. This weekend series is designed as a way for teachers to meet like-minded peers and take instructional strategies that help students become Global Graduates. New sessions are offered at each event. Examples of choice sessions include: HUB-basics, digital learning design, google basics, literacy empowered, etc. For more details on Super Saturdays, click here.

Pop-Up PD: ​The HISD EdTech team is offering two sessions of PopUp PowerUp on September 26 and October 24 to any PowerUp teachers who would like to brush up on their skills. Choice topics will include advanced tips in Microsoft Office 365, Google Basics, and other fun tools and apps to use with students in the classroom. Interested teachers can register in OneSource, course #1134001.

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