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Weekly Teacher Download for February 17

2020 February 14
by HISD Communications

Gifted and Talented Survey: Principals and G/T coordinators are asking all teachers who currently provide instruction to G/T students to complete the district’s Gifted and Talented program teacher survey. The survey is designed to collect formative data on the implementation of G/T services on the campus, campus program design, and perceptions of the G/T program and impact on the students. As an incentive for teacher participation, teachers can enter a drawing to win one $500 incentive that can be used for professional development.


National History Day: The HISD Innovation & Postsecondary Programming Department is excited to coordinate HISD’s National History Day (NHD) competition for grades K -12 on February 23, 2019 at Hattie Mae White. HISD Social Studies teachers and students are encouraged to incorporate NHD components into their teaching. NHD expectations strongly align with HISD disciplinary practices. As a reminder, registration for the district’s event will close on February 10. For additional details, please click here.

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.

HISD Self-Care Initiative: Have you ever experienced burnout? The Social and Emotional Learning Department will host a self-care series on February 26, where SEL trainers will hold one-hour yoga, mindfulness and other self-care sessions for teachers and district staff. This initiative is targeted to help teachers and staff avoid burnout, improve mental wellness and staff morale. Participants may register for the course in One Source, #1441062. For more information, click here. Principals can request to host a session for their campus teams by contacting Nicole Batiste at

Sheltered Instruction PD: The Multilingual Programs will offer Sheltered Instruction and Instructional Strategies Professional Development on February 22 from 8-11 a.m. for teachers who serve English Learners.  The goal is to equip all teachers who serve the needs of English Learners, Newcomers, and SIFE students with the best research-based practices. Participants will leave equipped with simple and flexible strategies for daily use to engage all students across content areas in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking in every classroom.For more information on how to register and OneSource course numbers, click here.

Info Session-Early Reading Specialist: The Elementary Curriculum and Development team will host an informational session for any qualified teacher interested in becoming an Early Literacy Reading Specialist on February 17 and February 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Hattie Mae White Board Auditorium (4400 West 18th St., 77092). During the 86th legislative session, new reading requirements were included in House Bill 3, which states kindergarten through third-grade teachers are required to participate in professional development known as Reading Academies that focus on teaching core reading and writing skills. To learn more about the cohort and requirements, click here.

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.

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.

SECONDARY Training: The Rice University School Mathematics Project (Rice USMP) Professional Learning Program is offering summer professional development to new as well as experienced teachers. The program is geared towards providing opportunities for teachers with diverse teaching backgrounds to engage with curricular materials, CS content, and pedagogy. The program provides ongoing support for teachers as they prepare to teach either Computer Science Discoveries, an introductory computer science course for middle and high school students, and Computer Science Principles, a higher-level introductory course for high school students. Teachers are encouraged to attend an information session on February 22 at Garden Oaks Montessori (901 Sue Barnett Dr.,77018). To RSVP, click here. For more information on the program courses, click here.

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