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Weekly Teacher Download for April 25, 2022

2022 April 21
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Summer School Opportunities
HISD invites teachers to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open through May 20, 2022. For details, see this story.

Social and Emotional Learning
STAAR testing season is here, and learners may be exhibiting signs of test anxiety. Efforts to help students build self-confidence must counteract daily academic struggles. According to Safe and Civil Schools, one way to offset this effect is to reinforce the student’s strengths with positive praise. When he or she is working through difficult tasks, ask them easy questions they are certain to get correct. Reinforce this by asking more easy questions to build momentum before asking more challenging questions. This creates a positive learning environment, decreases frustration levels, and allows the learner to build confidence. 

Academic Instructional Technology

Canvas Champion Teacher Leaders: AIT, in partnership with Career Pathways, introduces the Canvas Champion Teacher Leader incentive program for the 2022-2023 school year. The Canvas Champion incentive program will create a cohort of teacher leaders who will help facilitate the adoption of Canvas as the district’s learning management system at their campus. Each Canvas Champion will receive a stipend of up to $4,000. Apply today via the AIM Portal. For more information, visit the Canvas Champion page.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series: The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for Course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It is a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: See the complete WTD linked below for details.

Office of Special Education Services
Issue #14 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood
Early Childhood has partnered with Region 4, Rice School Literacy & Culture, and Scholastic to offer the following targeted professional development for PK and ECSE teachers, as well as teacher assistants, in using new materials provided by the ECH department.

Region 4: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness in the PK Classroom for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will review the components and progression of the phonological awareness skill sequence, learn strategies and activities to support students’ development, and get examples of strategies to implement authentic assessment to measure student progress and inform instruction.

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on April 28, virtual, OneSource Course #1473018
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 2, face-to-face at Sinclair ES, OneSource Course #1473021
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. on May 3, face-to-face at Memorial ES, OneSource Course #1473019

Scholastic: Getting Started with PreK EDGE for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Learn how to implement individualized instruction using engaging, authentic text. During this interactive webinar, participants will learn how EDGE connects striving readers to relevant and essential content needed for future academic success. Register for OneSource Course #1472051. Choose one of the following dates for virtual instruction: 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 25-28 or May 2-5.

Rice SLC: Finishing Strong: Practical Ideas for End-of-Year Pre-K Workstations for PreK and EC Special Education teachers. Participants will experience engaging hands-on activities to promote children’s independence using new materials related to end-of-year themes. Register for OneSource Course #1472093. Choose one of the following dates and locations for face-to-face instruction:

  • April 28 at Laurenzo ECC
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 5 at Farias ECC
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. May 9 at MLK ECC

Elementary Math Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Released Assessment (Year 2021): April 4-22, 2022 
  • Grades 1 and 2 Snapshot 4: April 25-29, 2022 
  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28 – June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022 
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 

Elementary Science
Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade K-5 Science Curriculum Feedback: Reflection and Preview: Join us face to face from 4:30–6:30 p.m. May 31 at Alliant Group Headquarters, 3009 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000, for the next lead teacher collaborative session. Participants will preview modifications to 2022-2023 school year documents to provide feedback, revisit STAAR 2.0 item types, and preview proposed changes to the new science TEKS. Register in OneSource for Course #1473013.

Grade K-5 Building Blocks of Science 3D (BBS3D): District campuses are receiving new resources to support engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Each campus will receive one set of kits per grade level and an accompanying technology package. To utilize the kits and learn the navigation of BBS3D digital resources, access the Get Ready Professional Learning video library.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at Home Symbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance
Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, and the screening/awards will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at Meyerland PVA Middle School. Music for the films should be copyright-free; more information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, April 2022, Volume III. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Attention paraprofessionals: get your teaching degree at WGU Texas while still working

2022 April 18
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by HISD Communications

Houston ISD and WGU Texas have partnered to offer HISD paraprofessionals the opportunity to earn their teaching degree while still working. The $4,000 HISD Paraprofessional Scholarship is available to current and prospective WGU Texas students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in education (it expires on May 22, 2022), adding to the current five-percent tuition reduction HISD employees already receive.

WGU Texas will hold one final information session to learn more about WGU Texas’s Teachers College and programs, affordable tuition, and exciting scholarship. The district’s WGU representative will be available online during the entire four hours. Click on this link to email Kathy Hietala to register: WGU Scholarship Opportunity.

If you have questions, email Kathy Hietala at WGU Texas at kathy.hietala@wgu.edu.

Summer School 2022 opportunities for teachers and nurses

2022 April 18
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by HISD Communications

All HISD teachers are invited to join the Summer School 2022 team. The dates are June 13–July 7, 2022. The Summer School OPT-IN process for teachers and nurses is open April 11–May 20, 2022.

Click Summer School Opt-In Steps for the OPT-IN instructions. Teachers should also notify their principals of their interest to work Summer School 2022.

If you have questions, please email SummerSchool@houstonisd.org.

Weekly Teacher Download for April 18, 2022

2022 April 14
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Teachers of the Year
Seven educators have been named Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year finalists, and three teachers have been named Beginning Teachers of the Year. At the elementary level, the four Teacher of the Year finalists are:

  • Ana Espinosa from Dogan Elementary School
  • Naomi Ewell from Woodson Elementary School
  • Gina Orzabel from Briargrove Elementary School
  • Maria Soria from Port Houston Elementary School

At the secondary level, the three Teacher of the Year finalists are:

  • Kaylinn McNary from North Forest High School
  • Alejandra Ortiz from Burbank Middle School
  • Sheila Crawford Burley from Barbara Jordan Career Center

The Beginning Teachers of the Year are:

  • Madeline Gonynor from School at St. George Place
  • Brittany Dominguez from Ortiz Middle School
  • Briana Edwards from Wheatley High School

They will be recognized at the annual Educators of the Year event on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Office of Talent
To each of our current teachers, we want you to know that we value you, and we need you. All teachers should declare their intent for next school year by Friday, May 6, through the Office of Talent’s intent to return form online. The purpose of this form is to gather information on each HISD teacher’s intent to continue employment with HISD for SY2022-2023. Any teacher who declares their intent to return for next school year will also have the option to earn an additional incentive if they make a three-year commitment to teaching in HISD. More information is available here. If you have additional questions, please submit them to the Office of Talent here.

Open Transfer Period: The annual Open Transfer Period begins Monday, April 18, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022. Transfer requests must be submitted by the principal and approved by the employee by 5 p.m. on May 13. Transfer requests after this deadline will not be considered. During this period, eligible teachers, counselors, and nurses are free to transfer between HISD campuses (and/or departments) to fill open positions for the 2022-2023 school year. Principals are reminded to complete all required reference checks before making an offer. Please see the Open Transfer Request Form and the Application Guideline and Eligibility Requirements. Contract employees who plan to resign are reminded that the penalty-free resignation deadline is July 8, 2022. Contact your Human Resources business partner with any questions.

Student Enrollment

Open enrollment for new students has begun. Information on how to find a neighborhood school, required documents, and the online application can be found at www.HoustonISD.org/Enroll. Enrollment this year is exclusively online. Parents and caregivers may still visit their neighborhood school for assistance with the online application. For questions, contact your school’s front office, Student Enrollment at 713-556-4826 or Enroll@HoustonISD.org

Social and Emotional Learning

Teachers can decrease student misbehavior with planned breaks to allow learners to move around, change activities or redirect attention to provide mental breaks from challenging activities. Teachers can schedule whole class breaks by breaking a larger activity into smaller activities. Insert breaks in between tasks. Tailor breaks for individual students who struggle with focusing during work time. Present a break card to the learner to request a break or assign the learner a classroom job such as handing out papers or running an errand. Incorporate a quick check-in for each class as an icebreaker to welcome students to your space.

Academic Instructional Technology

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and the guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focusweeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It was developed as a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008 for instructions for enrollment and navigating the course.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase-out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: HISD is providing high school teachers/students access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students access to the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. For Creative Cloud, visit this link. For Adobe Creative Express, visit this link.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #13 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Getting Started with PreK EDGE: PreK and Early Childhood Special Education teachers are invited to join this course from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on April 18-21, April 25-28, or May 2-5. Participants will learn how to implement individualized instruction using engaging, authentic text, as well as how EDGE connects striving readers to relevant and essential content needed for future academic success. Register for OneSource Course #1472051.

Finishing Strong Practical Ideas for End-of-Year Pre-K Workstations: PreK and Early Childhood Special Education teachers are invited to join us from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on these dates and locations—April 18: Mistral ECC, April 28: Laurenzo ECC, May 5: Farias ECC, and May 9: MLK ECC—to experience engaging hands-on activities to promote children’s independence using their new materials related to end-of-year themes. Register for OneSource Course #1472093.

Elementary Math

See this flyer for Cumulative Review Math sessions. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. 

In-Person Grade K-2 Math DPA Review: Participants will review best practices and engage in activities to prepare students for upcoming District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA).

  • Grade 2: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472007
  • Grade 1: April 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472006
  • Kinder: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472005

Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Released Assessment (Year 2021): April 4-22, 2022 
  • Grades 1 and 2 Snapshot 4: April 25-29, 2022 
  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28–June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022 
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade 5 Spiraled Review Plan: Reflecting on STAAR Data from 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 21: Participants will identify hot spots reflected in outcome data and create a spiraled plan for acceleration. Please have a video camera on and access to HISD resources in the HUB. This event will be held virtually via MS Teams. Register for OneSource #1467041.

Grade 4 Houston Museum of Natural Science Field Experience: In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, HISD has resumed face-to-face field trips for fourth graders during the spring semester. Contact gmarti13@houstonisd.org to schedule your campus.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, 2022, and the screening and awards will be held June 3, 2022, at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School at 6 p.m. Students will receive professional feedback and awards for their dance films. Music for the films should be copyright-free. More information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org.

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, April 2022, Volume II. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

HISD to be closed April 15 for Spring Holiday

2022 April 13
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by HISD Communications

All HISD campuses and offices will be closed Friday, April 15, for the Spring Holiday.

Schools and offices will reopen for normal business on Monday, April 18.

The HISD Police Department will be patrolling district facilities. Emergencies may be reported by calling 713-892-7777.

Open Transfer Period is April 18-May 13 at 5:00 p.m.

2022 April 12
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by HISD Communications

HISD’s annual Open Transfer Period will begin on Monday, April 18, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022. Transfer requests must be submitted by the principal and approved by the employee by 5 p.m. on May 13. Transfer requests after this deadline will not be considered.

During this period, eligible teachers, counselors, and nurses are free to transfer between HISD campuses (and/or departments) to fill open positions for the 2022-2023 school year.

Principals are reminded to complete all required reference checks before making an offer.

The Open Transfer Request Form, application guidelines, and eligibility requirements are posted on MyHISD and accessible via the following link:

Open Transfer Request Form

Application Guideline and Eligibility Requirements

Contract employees who decide to resign from the district are reminded that the penalty-free resignation deadline is July 8, 2022.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Human Resources business partner.

Teachers, please declare your intent for next year

2022 April 11
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All teachers and teacher specialists have received recent reminders of the request to notify the district of their plans for next school year by Friday, May 6, through the Office of Talent’s online Intent to Return form

All teachers and teacher specialists should declare their intent for next school year through this online form. The purpose of this form is to gather information on each HISD teacher’s intent to continue employment with HISD for School Year 2022-2023.

Any teacher who declares their intent to return for next school year will also have the option to earn an additional incentive if they make a three-year commitment to teaching in HISD. Please complete this form ASAP this week if you have not yet done so.

If you have additional questions or feedback, please submit them to the Office of Talent here.

Weekly Teacher Download for April 11, 2022

2022 April 7
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Office of Talent

Incentives for Teachers: All teachers should have received a direct email message from Superintendent House on Tuesday, April 5, asking about their plans for next school year and inviting them to stay. To each of our current teachers, we want you to know that we value you and we need you. All teachers should declare their intent for next school year by Friday, May 6, through the Office of Talent’s intent to return form online. The purpose of this form is to gather information on each HISD teacher’s intent to continue employment with HISD for School Year 2022-2023. Any teacher who declares their intent to return for next school year will also have the option to earn an additional incentive if they make a three-year commitment to teaching in HISD. Any teacher who declares by April 15 that they intend to resign or retire at the end of this school year will be eligible for an Early Notification Program incentive. More information is available here. If you have additional questions or feedback, please submit them to the Office of Talent here

Student Enrollment

Open enrollment for students new to HISD begins April 4, 2022. Information on how to find a neighborhood school, required documents, and the online application can be found at www.HoustonISD.org/Enroll. Enrollment this year is exclusively online. Parents and caregivers may still visit their neighborhood school for assistance with the online application. For questions, contact your school’s front office or Student Enrollment at 713-556-4826 or Enroll@HoustonISD.org

Social and Emotional Learning

Please be aware of your wellness and needs, especially as we enter testing season. Make time to take stock in YOU through this guided reflective exercise and visit the Social and Emotional Teacher Resource site for more information. Please share this mindful activity with all your friends/colleagues and complete it in partnership or as a group. Consider incorporating this mindful activity into your weekly self-care routine individually as well.

Academic Instructional Technology

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and the guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focus weeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It was developed as a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008 for instructions for enrollment and navigating the course.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: HISD is providing high school teachers/students access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students access to the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. For Creative Cloud, visit this link. For Adobe Creative Express, visit this link.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #12 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Elementary Math

See this flyer for Cumulative Review Math sessions. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. 

In-Person Grade K-2 Math DPA Review: Participants will review best practices and engage in activities to prepare students for upcoming District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA).

  • Grade 2: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472007
  • Grade 1: April 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472006
  • Kinder: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472005

Upcoming Assessments Windows

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Released Assessment (Year 2021): April 4-22, 2022 
  • Grades 1 and 2 Snapshot 4: April 25-29, 2022 
  • Kindergarten TX-KEA EOY: April 28–June 1, 2022 
  • Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA): May 2-27, 2022 
  • State of Texas Grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR Assessment: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade 5 Spiraled Review Plan: Reflecting on STAAR Data from 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 21: Participants will identify hot spots reflected in outcome data and create a spiraled plan for acceleration. Please have a video camera on and access to HISD resources in the HUB. This event will be held virtually via MS Teams. Register for OneSource #1467041.

Grade 4 Houston Museum of Natural Science Field Experience: In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, HISD has resumed face-to-face field trips for fourth graders during the spring semester. Contact gmarti13@houstonisd.org to schedule your campus.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

Elementary Reading

April Coordinators Meeting 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 14: Click here to join the meeting. If you need assistance, contact RGR Implementation Specialist Jill Dickerson at jill@reallygreatreading.com.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Fine Arts—Dance

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Dance Connect Film Fest 2022 from Frame Dance Productions. The deadline to submit dance films is May 20, 2022.  The screening and awards will be held June 3, 2022, at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School at 6 p.m. Students will receive professional feedback and awards for their dance films. Music for the films should be copyright-free. More information and a list of copyright-free music can be found at Dance Connect Film Fest. For questions, contact Frame Dance Productions or HISD Dance Curriculum Specialist Sanja Korman at skorman@houstonisd.org

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, April 2022, Volume I. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Weekly Teacher Download for April 4, 2022

2022 March 31
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Student Enrollment

Open enrollment for students new to HISD begins April 4, 2022. Information on how to find a neighborhood school, required documents, and the online application can be found at www.HoustonISD.org/Enroll. Enrollment this year is exclusively online. Parents and caregivers may still visit their neighborhood school for assistance with the online application. For questions, contact your school’s front office or Student Enrollment at 713-556-4826 or Enroll@HoustonISD.org

Social and Emotional Learning

Please be aware of your wellness and needs, especially as we enter testing season. Make time to take stock in YOU through this guided reflective exercise and visit the Social and Emotional Teacher Resource site for more information. Please share this mindful activity with all your friends/colleagues and complete it in partnership or as a group. Consider incorporating this mindful activity into your weekly self-care routine individually as well.

Academic Instructional Technology

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, multiple one-hour live virtual workshops that include modeling and the guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focus weeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource for course #1470019, and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It was developed as a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register for OneSource #1471008 for instructions for enrollment and navigating the course.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: HISD is providing high school teachers/students access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students access to the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. For Creative Cloud, visit this link. For Adobe Creative Express, visit this link.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #11 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Elementary Math

See this flyer for Cumulative Review Math sessions. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. 

In-Person Grade 3-5 Math Cumulative STAAR Review: Participants will gain a better understanding of the STAAR assessment and how to leverage HISD’s Cumulative Review Unit. Join us to engage in highly tested TEKS review, reteach and maintenance best practices, research-based content strategies practice, and leveraging of recommended free resources. 

  • Grade 4: April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472003
  • Grade 3: April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472002

In-Person Grade K-2 Math DPA Review: Participants will review best practices and engage in activities to prepare students for upcoming District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA).

  • Grade 2: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472007
  • Grade 1: April 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472006
  • Kinder: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource #1472005

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

Grade 5 Science Instructional Planning: Reporting Categories 1-4 STAAR Review from 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 7: Participants will leverage teacher-facing and student-facing resources to plan for upcoming units of instruction and practice difficult concepts that are noted within data. Please have a video camera on and access to HISD resources in the HUB. This event will be held virtually via MS Teams. Register for OneSource #1461117.

Grade 5 Spiraled Review Plan: Reflecting on STAAR Data from 3:30-5:00 p.m. April 21: Participants will identify hot spots reflected in outcome data and create a spiraled plan for acceleration. Please have a video camera on and access to HISD resources in the HUB. This event will be held virtually via MS Teams. Register for OneSource #1467041.

Grade 4 Houston Museum of Natural Science Field Experience: In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, HISD has resumed face-to-face field trips for fourth graders during the spring semester. Contact gmarti13@houstonisd.org to schedule your campus.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

Elementary Reading

Really Great Reading “Ask/Answer” sessions every Tuesday and Thursday:

April Coordinators Meeting 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 14: Click here to join the meeting. If you need assistance, contact RGR Implementation Specialist Jill Dickerson at jill@reallygreatreading.com.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, March 2022, Volume IV. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.

Weekly Teacher Download for March 29, 2022

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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

Self-care is a mindful practice that may include shorter or longer intervals of time. While these periods of time can be pre-planned, we often find ourselves in just the right moment to make a deposit into our well-being bank. These rich moments may be minutes, hours, or an entire weekend! Regardless, please remember to take care of yourself. To help you plan your moments of self-care, please see the SEL Self-Care Calendar, which can serve as a guide to your self-care practices.

Academic Instructional Technology

Tech Tuesdays: The March 29 sessions include “Mastering the Lead-Up to STAAR with Book Creator” and “Making Learning Accessible Using Pear Deck.” Register here and in OneSource for course #1461032.

Introduction to Canvas Learning Series
The AIT team is facilitating the Introduction to Canvas Learning Series, one-hour, live, virtual workshops that include modeling and the guided practice of foundational skills to help you start strong with Canvas. Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May (excluding Focus weeks). Begin with Canvas 101: Getting Around by registering via OneSource #1470019 and visit the Canvas info website for details and updates.

Growing with Canvas is another training option for teachers and leaders interested in getting a jump start learning the Canvas Learning Management System. It was developed as a series of self-paced modules that leads participants through foundational and advanced skills in Canvas. Once the coursework is complete, participants will receive six hours of OneSource credit, as well as badges we received through Canvas. Register in OneSource #1471008 for instructions for enrollment and navigating the course.

HUB Phase Out Support: HUB access will end in July 2022. The AIT team has created a series of videos and how-to guides as HUB phase out resources, and Educational Technology Specialists will also be hosting weekly open labs each Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to assist with saving content before access to the HUB ends in July. Register for any of the HUB Phase Out open labs in OneSource using course #1468031.

Free access to Adobe software: HISD is providing high school teachers/students access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. HISD is providing elementary and middle school teachers access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications and their students access to the premium version of Adobe Creative Express. For Creative Cloud, visit this link. For Adobe Creative Express, visit this link.

Office of Special Education Services

Issue #10 of the Instructional Digital Download, which supports teachers, leaders, and staff with timely, relevant research-based instructional strategies, mini-model lessons, resources, and coaching, is now available.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Making Effective and Purposeful Workstations in Pre-K 4:00-5:30 p.m. March 31: PreK and Early Childhood Special Education teachers are invited to learn how to use effective and purposeful workstations. Participants will learn how to implement literacy, math, and other content related opportunities to develop activities based on skills and knowledge and learn ways to differentiate them. Register for OneSource #1464107.

Elementary Math

See this flyer for Cumulative Review Math sessions. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. 

In-person Grade 3-5 Math Cumulative STAAR Review: Participants will gain a better understanding of the STAAR assessment and how to leverage HISD’s Cumulative Review Unit. Join us to engage in highly tested TEKS review, reteach and maintenance best practices, research-based content strategies practice, and leveraging of recommended free resources. 

  • Grade 5: March 31, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472004
  • Grade 4: April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472003
  • Grade 3: April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472002

In-Person Grade K-2 Math DPA Review: Participants will review best practices and engage in activities to prepare students for upcoming District Pre-Approved Assessments (DPA).

  • Grade 2: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472007
  • Grade 1: April 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472006
  • Kinder: April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., OneSource 1472005

Elementary Science

Sessions will be offered synchronously after school. To view spring science sessions, see this link. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemSci.

2022 Elementary Science Teacher Award Finalists

We are pleased to announce the six finalists for the 2022 Elementary Science Teacher Award (ESTA) sponsored by Alliant Group. The finalists and honorable mention recipients will be recognized at an upcoming luncheon sponsored by Alliant group where the grand prize winner will be announced. In addition, Culture Map Houston will profile and highlight the finalists inspiring work in the classroom. Congratulations again to these outstanding science teachers! 

  • Lynell Dillard, C. Martinez ES, representing A180 Elementary School Office
  • Ruth Giles, Cornelius ES, representing Elementary School Office 3
  • Melanie Jenkins, Smith ES, representing Elementary School Office 2
  • Mimi Munoz, Seguin ES, representing A180 Elementary School Office
  • Gerjuan O’Neal, Twain ES, representing Elementary School Office 1
  • Leticia Sifuentes, Bonner ES, representing Elementary School Office 3

Honorable Mentions: Eddie Clemons, Burres ES; Sonia Guevara, Bonner ES; John Jefferies, Benavidez ES; Helman Ledesma, Rodriguez ES; and Namrata Singh, T.H. Rogers ES

Grade 4 Houston Museum of Natural Science Field Experience: In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, HISD has resumed face-to-face field trips for fourth graders during the Spring 2022 semester. Contact @gmarti13@houstonisd.org to schedule your campus.

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Students and Families: The Houston Museum of Natural Science and HISD Elementary Science Curriculum & Instruction present a series of videos and activities aligned to tough-to-teach standards in grades K-5. Click here to access these resources. Click here for the Science at HomeSymbaloo web mix.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education: See this week’s CTE bulletin, March 2022, Volume III. Visit the HISD Career Readiness page here for all CTE bulletins.

Spotlight on CTE: To bring awareness to the district’s CTE programs of study and post-graduation opportunities, campus personnel are invited to showcase campus events, student work, and more. Please submit using the CTE Spotlight Form. Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Contact your campus’s designated senior CTE program specialist with any questions.