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Weekly Teacher Download for September 16

2019 September 13
by HISD Communications

Academic Day Survey: Are you a teacher that attended the Academic Day trainings held in August? Please take a moment to complete a six-question survey to help Academic Support Services learn more about your learning experience.


Student Performance Guidebook: The 2019-2020 Student Performance Guidebook is now available on the TADS Toolbox. As you set student performance goals, the appendices in this document provide suggested starting points and goals for Student Progress Measures.

Additions to A4E Teacher Dashboard: This summer, a new A4E Teacher Dashboard report and A4E Vimeo Channel was been added. The Teacher Student Performance Analyzer (Teacher SPA) enables teachers to run a report for either one or all of their classes that includes comprehensive information about their students. To access the new report, visit the A4E Teacher Dashboard quick links, where the report will open directly in Excel. You may also view a set of videos for the A4E Teacher Dashboard on the A4E Vimeo page here.

Innovation Fund Program: The HISD Foundation is now accepting applications for its Innovation Fund program until September 20, which provides funds for teachers and schools to develop innovative projects that lead to increased student success. In addition, individual schools can apply for a $10,000 – $20,000 grant to innovate learning in their classrooms, and two or more schools in the same feeder pattern can apply for a School Feeder Grant of $10,000 – $20,000. To apply for the grant, teachers and schools can click here. Teacher and school applications will be awarded based on their alignment to district initiatives and impact on student success. For more information about the fund program, click here.

2019-2020 SPED Cohorts: The Office of Special Education Services (OSES) is currently seeking Special Education (SPED) teachers and other instructional professionals with Special Education certification to apply for Aspiring Program Specialist and Aspiring Department Chair Cohorts, also known as A.S.C.E.L by September 30. Those interested are also invited to attend either information sessions to be held at Hattie Mae White (4400 West 18th St., 77096) from 4:30-5:30 p.m., on September 18 (Room 2E26), September 24 (Room 2C16), and September 26 (Room 2E26). For more information, click here.

Energy Day: Teachers are encouraged to invite their students and families to Energy Day on October 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. As Houston’s largest annual free family festival showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Energy Day has nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits that teach students and their families about the various forms of energy through STEM fields, along with efficiency, conservation, and other related STEM industries. For more information, click here. Teachers can also apply for a grant to pay for buses to bring you and your students to Energy Day. For consideration, please fill out this form before September 19.

BASF Competition: BASF and CEEF are excited to offer elementary or middle school students the opportunity to participate in the BASF: A World Without Waste” design contest for a chance to win $1,000 for your school or program. If you’re interested, please fill out the form before September 19. The contest is limited to 12 teams of up to five elementary or middle School students, so please submit your entry form as soon as possible. Due to the limited number of teams, submission of this application form does not guarantee entry into the contest. Please click here for more information.

Free Flu Shots: HISD’s Benefits Department will be offering all employees an opportunity to receive a free flu shot at all campuses beginning September 16. Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the country every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu, but people working in schools or other closed environments are more exposed than others and therefore more likely to get infectious diseases. For a complete schedule, click here.


Rider 78 Requirements: For compliance purposes, pre-k and PALS teachers should make sure to select one of the teacher qualification options before October 11. This information was discussed at our first lead teacher meeting and communication was sent on September 9. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your campus lead teacher.


Upcoming CTE Trainings: The CTE department is hosting a variety of learning workshops including Jasper Active, Building a Positive Learning Environment, Bulb Digital Portfolios for Education, Gulf States Toyota, and Solid Works.  Click here to see a full description of location, dates, and times. If interested, register today as space is limited.

CTE Training: The CTE department is hosting a variety of learning sessions during early dismissal on September 27, 2019.  Come learn strategies for building a positive classroom environment at the “Build a Positive Learning Environment” workshop at Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Room 310 (1906 Cleburne St.,77004) . If interested, register in OneSource, course #1438354.  Participants can also learn best practices for integrating SolidWorks and achieving CSWA status at Waltrip High School (1900 W. 34th St., 77018), Room 1106. Register in OneSource, course #1439002.

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