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May TIA updates

2023 May 12
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by HISD Communications

What’s New

HISD is excited to have successfully submitted its application to Texas’ Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) in April 2023. TIA is a program that supports the recruitment, retention, and placement of teachers through performance-based bonuses, particularly in high-needs districts and schools. As announced in Spring 2021, HISD is eager to participate in TIA because it will increase compensation for the district’s teachers and teaching assistants.

In HISD, local designations for TIA will be determined by three components: Formal T-TESS instructional practice ratings, Student Growth Measures (SGMs), and Student Feedback Surveys (SFS). HISD will be notified in August if the district’s application has been approved by the state. This month’s focus will be on the student growth component.

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Open Transfer Period extended for 2023-2024 school year

2023 April 26
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by HISD Communications

The open transfer deadline for the 2023-2024 school year has been extended.

Open transfer provides teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians, and other qualifying educators on a Chapter 21 contract an annual opportunity to switch campuses and accept job offers with other district departments.

The open transfer period has been extended by two weeks and the deadline for open transfers is now Friday, May 12.

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April TIA updates

2023 April 14
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by HISD Communications

TIA Application: Updates & Next Steps

After months of stakeholder engagement aimed at designing HISD’s TIA program, the Talent Office is excited to announce it has submitted HISD’s TIA application to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as part of Cohort F. The district will be notified of provisional approval in August.

If given preliminary approval, SY 2023-2024 will serve as the district’s data capture year and first year of TIA implementation in HISD. Teachers across HISD with select assessments will be eligible to earn designation, to be paid out the following school year if approved by the TEA. In Fall 2024, HISD will submit required performance data to the TEA for approval, with the first round of eligible teachers receiving notice of their designation status by Spring 2025.  The District’s long-term goal is for all teachers to be eligible to earn a TIA designation as additional assessments are phased in.

Looking Ahead: Next Steps for Teachers

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HISD to honor employees with milestone anniversaries in spring ceremony

2023 March 30
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by HISD Communications

HISD’s Office of Talent will host the second HISD Service Milestone Reception on April 27, 2023, at Booker T. Washington High School.

At the event, employees celebrating their 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, and 50th year with the district will be recognized and honored for their continuous service and dedication to the students of HISD.

The Office of Talent is committed to fostering and developing world-class talent by creating an employee experience that continues to invest in its employees. A Service Milestone Reception will be held every semester.

HISD “40 in Four” summer schedule

2023 March 29
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by HISD Communications

The district will once again implement the “40 in Four” work schedule for central office staff and schools this summer.

The “40 in Four” schedule will start the week of Monday, June 5, 2023, and end on Friday, July 28, 2023. The district will return to its regular Monday–Friday hours of operation on Monday, July 31, 2023.

During this time, employees will work 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday, excluding their lunch period. Per your supervisor’s approval, work hours can be flexible and scheduled within the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All employees must participate.

Details on entering time will be sent out by Payroll. For general questions about the “40 in Four” summer schedule, please contact your supervisor or submit a question or request to the Office of Talent at houstonisd.org/hremployeehelp.

March TIA updates

2023 March 23
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by HISD Communications

What’s New: TIA and T-TESS

After months of stakeholder engagement aimed at designing HISD’s TIA program, the Talent Office is partnering with leaders across the district to write the TIA application, which will be submitted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in April as part of Cohort F. In February, the Talent team launched an Implementation Task Force composed of leaders from across departments. This month, that team reviewed a complete draft of the application to ensure that it was aligned to their department’s plans. The task force has been finalizing outstanding details for the application and planning for TIA administration once approved. You can expect more details on HISD’s progress in the coming months.

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Special Education stakeholder survey

2023 March 3
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by HISD Communications

Houston Independent School District is participating in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) monitoring process that is intended to help school districts continuously improve services and facilitate positive student outcomes.

As a stakeholder involved in special education, your feedback is important. Please provide feedback through a 10-20-minute survey by Monday, April 3, 2023.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information and revise support for all districts in Texas.

For more information, please visit the Special Education Department’s webpage.

February TIA updates

2023 February 23
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by HISD Communications

What’s New: TIA and T-TESS

After months of stakeholder engagement aimed at designing HISD’s TIA program, the Office of Talent is now partnering with leaders across the district to write the TIA application, which will be submitted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in April as part of Cohort F. Earlier this month, the Talent team launched an Implementation Task Force composed of leaders from across departments. The Task Force is finalizing outstanding details for the application and planning for TIA administration once approved. You can expect more details on HISD’s progress in the coming months.

The deadline for the second formal observation is Feb. 24. Following formal observations, appraisers will hold post-conferences with teachers to debrief and inform and guide the teacher’s future practices and growth. To date, we have received consistent positive feedback from teachers on the post-conference process and are excited to move forward with the evaluation cycle this semester.

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Leadership series being offered to HISD managers

2023 February 23
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The Office of Talent’s Organizational Development team is offering a New Manager Leadership Series course for frontline managers.

All HISD employees in entry-level managerial or supervisory positions are eligible to participate.

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Conversational Spanish course offered to Nutrition Services employees

2023 February 17
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The Office of Talent’s Organizational Development team has partnered with Nutrition Services to develop a Conversational Spanish for Beginners Series.

Nutrition Services employees can participate in the six-week course that will enhance their ability to conduct meaningful conversations with Spanish-speaking students and parents.

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