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Weekly Teacher Download for May 20

2019 May 17
by HISD Communications


Free Laying the Foundation Training: The Innovation and Postsecondary Programming Department is partnering with Laying the Foundation through the National Math and Science Initiative to host a series of trainings on Tuesday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 8:30 a.m.-Noon on Friday, August 3, at Waltrip High School (1900 W. 34th St., 77018). Content-focused trainings will be available for all math, science, and English teachers for third through fifth grade, middle, and high school. Those interested can register for the opportunity here and use promo code: LTFi3Houston20F.

Region 4 Summer PD Opportunities: The HISD Academics Department will be summer training opportunities through the Region 4 Education Service Center. If you are interested in a training, please register through OneSource by May 24 to reserve a spot using the OneSource course numbers that can be found here. Space and funding are limited and supported through the Region 4 School Support grant. If you have any questions, please contact Tho Mei via email at

Schlumberger Coding / Robotics Club Grant: The district is calling all Science teachers to apply for the Schlumberger Coding / Robotics Club Grant for a chance to receive $3,000 for their coding and/or robotics club. Schlumberger aims to increase student awareness and education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields by inspiring the future coders and innovators of tomorrow. The grant will be given to 20 HISD school coding clubs for the 2019-2020 school year. For guidelines and to apply, click here. All applications must be submitted by May 31 to Tarah Davis at

Region 4 STEAM Conference: Instructional Technology is inviting teachers, who wish to attend the Region 4 STEAM Conference on June 17 to register in OneSource, using course #1435042. Teachers that register in OneSource will have the conference registration fee covered by Instructional Technology. However, please note space is limited and paid registration seats will be awarded on a first come basis. Participants will explore the power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) as it applies to real-world connections, creativity through collaboration, and innovation through art and engineering. This one-day conference incorporates workshop-style sessions organized by grade bands and identified by STEAM strands, allowing you to personalize your conference experience. For more information, click here.

STEM Summer Camps: HISD will host a two-week STEM Summer Camp for elementary, middle and high school students at seven campuses across the district on June 10-13 and June 17-21. The HISD STEM Summer Camp was created to provide STEM-based curriculum activities, project-based learning immersion, and field experiences for students. The two-week program emphasizes enriching students’ knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology, while introducing them to the world of coding and robotics. The camp will be provided at no cost to students and will be led by HISD Certified Teachers. To be eligible, students need to be in good academic standing and follow the application process here. All requested documents are due by May 21.


Summer Math Academy Trainings: The Elementary Mathematics Curriculum & Development Department is excited to announce that HISD will host the Texas Education Agency (TEA) math academies during summer 2019 for kindergarten through third-grade teachers. The achievement academies will address effective and systematic instructional practices in mathematics, including problem solving, the place value system, whole number operations, and fractions. To participate, teachers must have an account with Region IV and register here. Please remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also a $350 stipend for eligible teachers. For complete details on the academy trainings, click here.


Summer 2019 Training Opportunities: The Secondary Curriculum and Development Department is inviting all secondary teachers to review the summer learning catalog for professional development opportunities that will be held throughout the summer.  The main summer learning event—“R3: Reflect, Refocus, Renew” is currently scheduled for July 24 and July 31 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at HISD Educational Learning Center (10725 Mesa Dr., 77078) and Westbury High School (11911 Chimney Rock Rd., 77035). For the save the date, click here.

Multilingual Symposium: The Multilingual Programs Department will be hosting the Inaugural Multilingual Symposium on June 26-27 at Kingdom Builders Center (6011 W. Orem Dr., 77085) from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a keynote session and up to four additional sessions of their choice on each day. There will be more than 25 different sessions available focused on content specific sheltered instruction sessions provided by Seidlitz Education, foundation courses for teachers of English Learners (ELs) provided by Multilingual Programs, an overview of the new elementary reading adoption, and a dive into the Learning A-Z online resources available to bilingual and dual language teachers. For more information on the event and to view sessions, click here.

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