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Weekly Teacher Download for Feb. 18

2019 February 15
by HISD Communications

MackinVIA Library: Nearly 1,500 free books are available online for both you and your students. Just download the free MackinVIA app and get started. MackinVIA is an award-winning digital library that puts the newest and hottest eBooks and audiobooks at your fingertips. With your HISD login, you can explore various genres, check out material to use without the internet, and provide feedback on the books you read. MackinVIA also works on students’ PowerUp laptops and their mobile devices. Click here for mobile-friendly instructions. For questions, ask your library educator or email

Digital Literacy Moments: Be a Teknowlegest…Be CyberWise! CyberSafe! Teaching students 21st-century skills include using technology safely, responsibly and effectively in their studies, daily lives and future careers. Teachers interested in promoting digital literacy are encouraged to have their students produce 60- to 90-second digital animations and videos, highlighting critical digital issues. For more information about this program, go to central office Ed Tech team is available to help interested teachers February 11, 2019, through March 22, 2019. Digital Literacy Moments can be produced in any format, such as live video, animation or a sequence of narrated frames. Participants are encouraged to submit as many products as they would like, on multiple topics. Submissions accepted through March 29, 2019, at 5 p.m. To submit projects, use the following link to tell us who you are and provide a link to your video: Video Submissions. Click here to REGISTER!

Digital Learning Day: The seventh annual Digital Learning Day is Friday, Feb. 22. Digital Learning Day was launched to share innovative practices and ensure that all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities. We are asking that all campuses highlight how teachers and students effectively integrate technology in the classroom to engage & enhance their learning. We will capture these stories via Twitter by tagging their tweets with #DLDay #GlobalGraduates @HoustonISD. Please capture and share all the amazing ways campuses are using technology to mold students into Global Graduates. For more information, including sample lessons, click here.

Literacy Refresher Training: The Elementary and Secondary Curriculum and Development Departments is offering leadership refresher courses in the month of February at the Houston Education Learning Center (10725 Mesa Dr., 77078). For more information on dates, location and OneSource course numbers, click here.


Just in Time PD: The Elementary Curriculum & Development Department is committed to providing teachers with high-quality professional development. A series of Just-in-Time 4th Grade Writing PD will be offered at various elementary schools across the district. Sessions will focus on instructional practices aligned to highly assessed standards and presented by curriculum and teacher development specialists. For more information, click here.


HCC College Readiness: Do you know a high school senior who has not met college readiness standards? The district has partnered with Houston Community College to provide college preparation courses in Mathematics and English Language Arts for high school seniors on Friday, Feb.22, from 8 a.m.-noon at Houston Community College West Loop Campus. The partnership also offers professional learning pertaining to the courses for principals, teachers and faculty. Students and teachers can register for the summit here.

CTE Job Fair: Do you have graduating seniors who might be interested in a career in construction? C3 – Construction Career Collaborative is hosting a Construction Career Fair for graduating seniors on April 4, 2019 at Wheeler Field House (16325 Lexington Blvd., 77479). Students will have the opportunity to network with 24 companies and associations to hire and help students get training beyond graduation. Students and teachers can register here.

2019 AP Summer Institute: Teachers planning to teach an AP class for the 2019-2020 school year will have the opportunity to attend an AP Summer Institute (APSI). Thanks to the HISD Innovation & Postsecondary Programming, the department will cover the cost of teacher registration and fees for those who meet the requirements. AP teachers need to have a broad range of instructional strategies and deep content knowledge in order to build student mastery in the subject and increase the likelihood of future success at college. Click here for the requirements. If you meet the criteria, complete the APSI registration survey by Friday, May 31.

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