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Weekly Teacher Download for January 27

2020 January 24
by HISD Communications

HAABE Teacher of the Year Competition: The Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) has invited the district to participate in the annual HAABE Teacher of the Year (TOY) Banquet, which means elementary, middle and high school campuses may select one Bilingual and/or one ESL Teacher of the Year to represent their campus. The HISD TOY Bilingual and ESL representatives will then compete at the Houston-area level for HAABE Bilingual and ESL Teacher of the Year. Each year, HAABE recognizes outstanding bilingual and ESL educators from Houston. For detailed information, please view application packet. Nominations and recommendation letters must be submitted by January 31.


Future Forward Leadership Summit: The Leadership Development Department and Human Resources Leadership Recruitment will host the Future Forward Leadership Summit on Saturday, February 1 at Hattie Mae White (4400 West 18th St., 77092). The purpose of this summit is to provide current and aspiring leaders opportunities to learn what is takes to be a leader in HISD and engage in new learning focused on key leadership skills and behaviors. Participants will enjoy a keynote address from Northwest Area Superintendent Cesar Martinez, and a leadership Panel comprised of effective campus and district leaders, who will provide insight into their personal journey to leadership and other valuable leadership experiences. For descriptions of each session, log-in and register in OneSource, using course #14411015, #14411016, #14411017, #14411018, #14411019, #14411020, #14411021.

Grant Writing Course: If you are interested in learning how to effectively write a grant proposal, you are invited to Grants 102: Fundamentals of Grant Writing workshop on February 19 at HISD Education Learning Center (10725 Mesa Dr., 77078). The course will provide participants with an opportunity to understand the content for completing a competitive grant proposal that highlights the key elements including goals and outcomes. To register, visit OneSource course #1441063.

100th Day of School: The Elementary Curriculum and Development Department is excited to announce the designated 100th Day of School will be held on Friday, February 7. This date takes into account the inclement weather day off due to Hurricane Imelda on Friday, September 20. All campuses are encouraged to celebrate the 100th day of school and share your experiences via Twitter, by tagging @HISD_Curric and @HISD_ElemMath. For additional instructional resources, click here.

Student Assessment Summit: The Student Assessment Department will be hosting a 2020 Spring Student Assessment Summit on February 29 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lawson Middle School (1400 Stancliff St., 77045). Sessions will focus on how to make summative and formative connections to STAAR and will include state accountability, designated supports, TEKS monitoring, data tracking systems, as well as critical reports for teachers and leaders. Register today in OneSource, course #1440130.

Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: The Education Technology team invites students K-12 to work as teams to produce a 60-90 second digital animation and/or video, highlighting important tips about how to be safe online. “Digital Safety Moments” can be produced in any format, including live video, animation or a sequence of narrated images. Click here to view previous submissions and review possible topics. Deadline for submissions is March 29. For more information on the challenge, click here.

Inaugural Arts Integration Summit: The HISD Fine Arts Department is presenting the inaugural Arts Integration Summit at Wharton Dual Language Academy on Saturday, February 8 from 9a.m.-1:00 p.m. The sessions will provide opportunities for elementary and secondary foundation teachers to develop art-focused lesson plans that create opportunities to check for understanding (I-2) and differentiate (I-3) their instruction within a student-centered lesson (I-1). Arts Integration practices build on good teaching strategies and can provide seasoned teachers opportunities to expand their teaching toolkit and growing teachers to work on areas of their craft in a supportive and engaging manner. Teachers that are preregistered and attend the summit will receive arts integration supplies and resources for their classroom. Please encourage your teachers to register in OneSource, course #1440087.

Souper Bowl of Caring: In partnership with Souper Bowl of Caring and the Houston Food Bank, all HISD schools and members of Team HISD are invited to participate in the 2020 Souper Bowl of Caring, a youth-led, national food drive that mobilizes thousands of young people to fight hunger and poverty in their communities. Staff and students are asked to collect food donations until February 10 and/or volunteer at your local food bank or hunger-relief charities. For more information, click here.


National Children’s Dental Health Month Poster Contest: HISD elementary and middle school students are encouraged to participate in the Dental Health Poster Contest recognizing the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) 2020 campaign. This month-long observance brings together dental professionals, health care providers, and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers and teachers. Following campus judging, first, second, and third place winning posters in each grade level category should be brought to Health and Medical Services Department at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Building by Tuesday, February 25. For rules and criteria, click here. For more information, click here.

Elementary Math and Science Summit: The Elementary Curriculum and Development Department is excited to announce the annual Math and Science Summit. This professional development opportunity is intended to support elementary math and science teachers in grades Prekindergarten thru grade 5. The summit will feature a variety of sessions on math and science instruction presented by HISD teachers, Teacher Development Specialists, Curriculum Specialists, and local experts. For more information, click here.


Upcoming CTE Trainings: The CTE department is hosting several professional development opportunities for January 2020.  Automotive teachers are encouraged to register for “WIGU Competition” to discuss a great opportunity for students to compete in April. Teachers are encouraged to register in OneSource, course #1440020. STEM teachers are encouraged to register for a two-day event to enhance their skills in AutoCAD in OneSource, course #1440103.  All teachers are encouraged to attend a one-day training on sheltered instruction and literacy routines for English learners in OneSource, course #1441024.  For more information, click here.

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