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Weekly Teacher Download for October 25, 2021

2021 October 22
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

Oct. 25–29 is Bullying Prevention Week, which exists to raise awareness and bring attention to a growing epidemic of bullying and social isolation. Young people who experience bullying may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and/or choose to hurt themselves or others. We encourage campuses to participate virtually and encourage students and parents to join in to help prevent bullying. Please see the attached information on how to engage our students in positive interactive activities each day this week to help keep each other safer inside and outside our academic communities.

SEL Fall Training: We are here to support you. Please check out SEL-dept/crisis-response/need-to-talk for national and local supports. See this flyer for the SEL fall trainings with course numbers and dates of the sessions. Remember to take care of yourself and each other. We can be contacted at 713-967-5235 or you may email hisdsel@houstonisd.org for more information regarding any SEL resources.

Affirmations: Positive affirmations are positive phrases or statements that can be implemented to challenge negative, unhelpful, or intrusive thoughts. They can be used as a tool to motivate, get through a challenging moment, or encourage positive changes in your life. Dr. Shauna Shapiro, a mindfulness researcher, said “what you practice grows stronger.” Through self-affirmation, we form and grow a narrative about ourselves. What narrative are you practicing and growing stronger? If you need a place to start, see this link for suggestions to implement should you encounter a challenging moment this week.

Student Enrollment

HISD is still enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents can visit www.HoustonISD.org/Enroll to get started or stop by their local HISD school for one-on-one assistance. Student enrollment flyers can be downloaded here.

Academic Instructional Technology
AIT Tech Tuesdays
: Join us every Tuesday for a new series of technology learning to enhance instruction. Sessions are for all content areas and grade levels. Check out our monthly October offering by clicking here or search for OneSource #1461032.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Pre-A Guided Reading for Pre-K Teachers and Teacher Assistants Oct. 26: Participants will learn how to utilize the Pre-A Guided Reading strategies and framework during small group instruction. Register in OneSource for #1458019, SO 1825033.

Guided Math for Pre-K Teachers and Assistants on Oct. 28: Participants will learn how to plan and implement an effective math small group using the Guided Math Framework. Register in OneSource for #1458021, SO 1825040

CIRCLE Assessment: The BOY CIRCLE Assessment window has been extended to Oct. 2 to ensure all PK teachers complete the required subtests. Click here to see the list of subtests. Don’t forget to assess the ABC Names and Letter Sounds subtests located on a separate tab inside the CLI Engage platform. If you have any questions regarding the CIRCLE Assessment, reach out to Claudia Azcarate at Claudia.Azcarate@houstonisd.org.

Elementary Math Sessions

Kinder and Grade 1 Let’s Learn Links: To access the HUB Google slide resources for the weeks of Oct. 18 – Nov. 12, see these respective grades:  

·       Kindergarten  

·       Grade 1 

It’s Learning HUB Teacher FYT Course Content: Some teachers may not have received their FYT course content from It’s Learning. If you are missing content from your FYT course, please email the Service Desk at Servicedesk@houstonisd.org. For math, we have submitted content for all K-5 math teachers in English and Spanish.  

Updated October Math Sessions Flyer: The Elementary Math team announces the 2021 October Math sessions. All our sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator led). To view October K-5 math sessions, click here

K-2 Do the Math on Oct. 25: Participants will work collaboratively on a high-impact learning experience to practice aligned, rigorous, and engaging research-based strategies for grade-level standards to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics. Join us for resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register for One Source #1458086. 

3-5 Do the Math on Oct. 27: Participants will work collaboratively on a high-impact learning experience to practice aligned, rigorous and engaging research-based strategies for grade-level standards to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics. Join us for resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register for One Source #1458090. 

Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

HB3 Math Academy 2nd Grade Building Content Capacity: Place Value on Oct. 26: Join us for the virtual Building Content Capacity session. We will dive into research-based place value strategies. Teachers will walk away with ready-to-use activities for upcoming unit 6.Register for OneSource #1460034. For more information, click here

HB3 Math Academy 3rd Grade Building Content Capacity: Problem Solving Multiplication & Division on Oct. 26: Join us for the virtual Building Content Capacity session. We will dive into research-based problem-solving strategies that focuses on multiplication and division. Teachers will walk away with ready-to-use activities for the upcoming unit 6. Register for OneSource #1460035. For more information, click here

Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy

Career and Technical Education (Elementary Schools)

The Career Advising Team has a virtual student opportunity taking place on Oct. 27 at 10:00 a.m. This is part of the Career and Technical Education Walkthrough Wednesday Series hosted by HISD-IT. Join the Teams meeting at Information Technology. For more information, email Rodrick.Pierson@HoustonISD.org.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education

Please view this week’s bulletin, October 2021, Volume IV. Please visit our HISD Career Readiness page here for all Career and Technical Education (CTE) bulletins.

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

The CTE department aims to bring awareness about our district’s programs of study and post-graduation opportunities by showcasing campus events, student work, and more. Campus personnel can share their work by submitting:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Event Flyers
  • Business Partnerships
  • Campus Initiatives
  • Professional Learning
  • Best practices and more!

Submissions will be highlighted on the Career Readiness website and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube). If you have questions, please contact your campus’s designated Senior CTE Program Specialist. Click here to access the HISD CTE Spotlight Form.

Flu Vaccination Reminder

2021 October 20
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by HISD Communications

If you missed one of the many flu shot clinics HISD offered, medical plan members still have a variety of options to receive flu vaccinations.

The two HISD Health and Wellness Centers administer free flu vaccines to members enrolled in the HISD medical plans. Call 281-869-3630 to schedule an appointment.

In-network pharmacies also offer $0 flu shots. Call Express Scripts member services at 855-712-0331 to locate a participating pharmacy. Be sure to use your Express Scripts ID card when you receive services.

Primary Care Physicians and some specialists provide no-cost flu vaccines. Contact your PCP or call Aetna member services at 877-224-6857 to find a participating provider.

Getting back on track with preventive care is essential to your health and HISD Benefits will continue to offer opportunities and tools to get you there.

HISD Onboarding fall professional development

2021 October 18
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by HISD Communications

There are four sessions brought to you by HISD’s Onboarding Dept., which helps prepare and develop employees for success.

Forging a Successful Relationship with your Boss

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Fall Book Club

  • “Atomic Habits” by James Clear
  • Starts Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

Managing Up—Using Your Intuition

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

Fall Administrative Support Professionals Summit

  • Learn how to make your job easier and more fun
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Register at HISDOnBoarding.EventBrite.com

See this flyer for more information and a QR code to register.

Weekly Teacher Download for October 18, 2021

2021 October 15
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Student Enrollment
HISD is still enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents can visit www.HoustonISD.org/Enroll to get started or stop by their local HISD school for one-on-one assistance. Student enrollment flyers can be downloaded here.

Academic Instructional Technology
AIT Tech Tuesdays
: Join us every Tuesday for a new series of technology learning to enhance instruction. Sessions are for all content areas and grade levels. Check out our monthly October offering by clicking here or search for OneSource #1461032.

HISD Abroad global engagement opportunities
All HISD educators are invited to join HISD Abroad, AFS-USA, and educators from around the world in three unique experiences.

  • Educator Meet & Greet with Malaysia: In collaboration with AFS Malaysia, we’re bringing both U.S. and Malaysian educators together for a meet and greet event. Join us on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time to learn about opportunities for virtual exchange and be matched with a teacher with whom you can partner for a virtual exchange or project this year. All grade levels and subject areas are welcome to join. Read more and register here.
  • Greece & England: Earn your global competence certificate with teachers from Greece and England. Learn more about yourself and others while earning professional development hours by enrolling in the Global Competence Certificate Program. Along with a group of Greek and English educators, you’ll explore a variety of topics, including identity, learning styles, dealing with conflict across cultures, navigating polarization, and spiritual diversity. All grade levels and subject areas are welcome. You must be an early career (<8 years) or pre-service teacher to apply. Register now as there’s an-end-of October start date.
  • China: Earn your global competence certificate with teachers from China. Learn more about yourself and others while earning professional development hours by enrolling in the Global Competence Certificate Program. Along with a group of Chinese educators, you’ll explore a variety of topics, including identity, learning styles, dealing with conflict across cultures, navigating polarization, and spiritual diversity. Seats are limited so don’t delay. The deadline to apply is Oct. 22, 2021, for a November start date. Register here.

Social and Emotional Learning

Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) Student Training
Social and Emotional Learning, in partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise Say Something–Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS), is offering student training Oct. 4–29, 2021, for the current school year. Training coordinators should visit www.sandyhookpromiselearning.org/quick_activity_link/195173/29 to select their campus and input the number of grade 6-12 students being trained.  

The value of journaling: When we think of journaling, we think back to being young and keeping a “diary,” which over time we stop doing. Journaling allows us to reflect and process what’s happening in our lives in a non-judgmental space. Journaling affords us the opportunity to plan, set goals, reflect on behavior patterns, and growth over time. You don’t have to be Shakespeare or write for endless hours. Journal for five to ten minutes before bed to process your day. Re-acquaint yourself with this mindful practice and see this link for journaling prompts to begin your new journaling.—Joanna Subias, SEL Licensed School and Animal Assisted Counselor

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and Oct. 25–29, 2021, is Bullying Prevention Week. It exists to raise awareness and bring attention to a growing epidemic of bullying and social isolation. Young people who experience bullying may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and/or choose to hurt themselves or others. We encourage campuses to participate virtually and encourage students and parents to join in to help prevent bullying. See the following websites for resources, programs, and activities to prevent bullying.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Elementary Math Sessions
The Elementary Math team announces October Math sessions. All sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led). To view October K-5 math sessions, click here. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

K-5 Math Power Hour
Join us on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, to delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and the teaching of mathematics. Strengthen content knowledge and delivery by exploring TEKS specific models for upcoming mathematics concepts. Walk away with resources and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Register in One Source.

  • K-1: 1443826
  • 2-3: 1443830
  • 4-5: 1443843

3-5 Using Supplemental Aids to Support Math Students
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, to explore scaffolding strategies and best practices to answer the question, “How do we use supplemental aides to support math students?” Walk away with resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register in One Source #1448122. 

K-2 Do the Math
Join us on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, to work collaboratively in a high-impact learning experience to practice aligned, rigorous, and engaging research-based strategies for grade-level standards to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics. Walk away with resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register in One Source #1458086. 

3-5 Do the Math
Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, to work collaboratively in a high-impact learning experience to practice aligned, rigorous, and engaging research-based strategies for grade-level standards to increase student achievement in elementary mathematics. Walk away with resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register in One Source #1458090. 

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

CTE Student Showcase: Each month CTE showcases the work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers and to bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel may submit videos, pictures, and or student work to CTE. The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. Please contact Melanie Martinez at MMARTI96@houstonisd.org to receive a link for submissions. 

College, Career, and Military Readiness Month: CCRM aims to bring a fun, creative, and informative way to engage students and parents while introducing them to various post-secondary pathways and much more. We are building on our theme of “Build Today. Connect Tomorrow. Future Forward.” Please encourage your campus to participate as we host virtual events for both students and parents throughout October. Please see flyer here and our CTE Bulletin, Vol. III. Links for individual virtual sessions will be distributed as events occur. As your campuses post on social media during the month of October related to any of these activities, please include the hashtag #HISDCCMR.

Virtual Job Shadow: This career exploration and preparation platform just made it easier for teachers and students to engage with the platform. All you have to do is login (instructions here), and an introductory pre-assigned lesson is waiting for you. If you have questions or need help getting started, contact Marcus Compton at mcompton@houstonisd.org. Happy career exploring!

Weekly Teacher Download for October 11, 2021

2021 October 7
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and Oct. 25–29, 2021, is Bullying Prevention Week. They exist to raise awareness and bring attention to a growing epidemic of bullying and social isolation. Young people who experience bullying may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and/or choose to hurt themselves or others. We encourage campuses to participate virtually and encourage students and parents to join in to help prevent bullying. See the following websites for resources, programs, and activities to help prevent bullying in your classroom and on campus.

Rethink Ed: We have compiled resources to assist you as you plan for the next few weeks of the fall semester. The following links will help teachers and counselors address student concerns regarding getting along with other students. See the HISD Rethink Communication page. Find the Rethink Ed icon located on the Clever login page. For assistance, visit the SEL Google Site for additional resources or contact us at SEL@HoustonISD.org

Educator Wellness: Educators can reduce burnout and stress by using SEL professional development modules. Rethink Ed research shows that educators who completed the modules rated higher in well-being, school connectedness, and job satisfaction. We are here to help teachers focus on self-care to promoting engagement, connectedness, passion, and productivity. An SEL culture creates a school climate that keeps teachers and students engaged, learning, and making progress. Please visit the Clever login page and see the Rethink Ed training series modules for more information.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Team is providing a series of professional development sessions for the month of October on the UDL Planning Guide (UPG) for Reading, Language Arts, and Math, grades 3-5. The UDL Planning Guide is to be used in conjunction with the UPG and has been created to assist teachers in planning holistically for all students with an intense focus on closing learning gaps with student special populations. Click here for instructions to access the UDL Guides. Click on this link for sessions and times. We are offering UDL Open Lab sessions for participants who attend the PD sessions. All sessions will be offered virtually. Register today.

Elementary Math Sessions

The Elementary Math team announces October Math sessions. All sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led). To view October K-5 math sessions, click here.

Guided Math: Table and Anecdotal Notes

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, for resources, tools, and best practices for implementation of first-time instruction via the Small Group Table and capturing student learning using Anecdotal Notes. This session is open to K-5 Math teachers. Register for One Source course #1458057. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

Accelerated Learning Using Math Mini Lessons

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, to gain a deeper understanding of the mini lessons designed to accelerate student learning by front loading prior learning, skills, and concepts aligned to the TEKS lesson of the day. Please bring a fully charged laptop to this training. Register in One Source for course #1460026. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

K-5 Math Power Hour

Join us on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, to delve deeper into grade-level specific concepts by exploring strategies that build conceptual thinking and the teaching of mathematics. Strengthen content knowledge and delivery by exploring TEKS specific models for upcoming mathematics concepts. Walk away with resources and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Register in One Source.

  • K-1: 1443826
  • 2-3: 1443830
  • 4-5: 1443843

3-5 Using Supplemental Aids to Support Math Students

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, to explore scaffolding strategies and best practices to answer the question, “How do we use supplemental aides to support math students?” Walk away with resources and best practices to use in classrooms and during math assessments. Register in One Source #1448122. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

CTE Student Showcase: Each month CTE showcases the work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers and to bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel may submit videos, pictures, and or student work to CTE. The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. Please contact Melanie Martinez at MMARTI96@houstonisd.org to receive a link for submissions. 

College, Career, and Military Readiness Month: CCRM aims to bring a fun, creative, and informative way to engage students and parents while introducing them to various post-secondary pathways and much more. We are building on our theme of “Build Today. Connect Tomorrow. Future Forward.” Please encourage your campus to participate as we host virtual events for both students and parents throughout October. Please see flyer here and in our CTE Bulletin, Vol. II. Links for individual virtual sessions will be distributed as events occur. As your campuses post on social media during the month of October related to any of these activities, please include the hashtag #HISDCCMR.

Virtual Job Shadow: This career exploration and preparation platform just made it easier for teachers and students to engage with the platform. All you have to do is login (instructions here), and an introductory pre-assigned lesson is waiting for you. If you have questions or need help getting started, contact Marcus Compton at mcompton@houstonisd.org. Happy career exploring!

HISD employees eligible for COVID-19 vaccination stipend

2021 October 6
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by HISD Communications

Participation is voluntary, and proof of vaccination or exemption must be uploaded to OneSource

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has approved HISD’s request to pay a one-time stipend of $500 to district employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have been provided a medical or religious exemption.

Participation in the vaccine stipend is entirely voluntary. Employees who choose to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination stipend will need to upload proof of vaccination or medical exemption issued by a U.S. physician to OneSource.

Religious exemptions must be submitted to ADA@houstonisd.org and will be reviewed by HISD’s religious accommodation committee. If approved, the employee will submit the approval notification in Employee Self Service as described above. If you have questions, please email HealthMS@houstonisd.org or call Employee Services at 713-556-7400.

All employees who have been vaccinated must scan the front and back of their vaccination card and save it as a JPEG or PDF file. Employees can then log into Employee Self Service in OneSource, click on the COVID vaccine form link under the Contracts and Forms section, select and upload file, complete the form, select “check” for errors, and finally select “send.” Employees will receive a notification that their request has been submitted and an additional notification once their request has been approved or rejected. For step-by-step instructions, see this document (English, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Employees must submit their proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or granted religious exemption documentation by Nov. 19, 2021, and payment of the $500 Vaccination Stipend will be made on Dec. 22, 2021.

The one-time $500 stipend is being paid through the district’s ESSER funds.

Information on available vaccination locations, assistance, and more can be found at HoustonEmergency.org/covid-19-vaccines and ReadyHarris.org.

Empleados de HISD elegibles para un pago por vacunación contra COVID-19

2021 October 6
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by HISD Communications

La participación es voluntaria y se requiere de un comprobante de vacunación o exención.

La Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) ha aprobado una solicitud presentada por HISD para ofrecer un pago único de $500 a los empleados del distrito que estén completamente vacunados contra COVID-19 o hayan presentado una exención médica o religiosa.

La participación en este incentivo por vacunación contra COVID-19 es voluntaria. Los empleados que decidan participar deberán subir a OneSource la prueba de haber recibido la vacuna o una exención médica expedida por un médico de EE. UU.

La solicitud de exención religiosa debe ser enviada a ADA@houstonisd.org donde será evaluada por el comité de adaptaciones religiosas de HISD. Si es aprobada, el empleado deberá enviar la notificación de aprobación usando el proceso descrito arriba. Quienes tengan preguntas pueden enviar un email a HealthMS@houstonisd.org o llamar a Servicios para Empleados al 713-556-7400.

Todos los empleados vacunados deben escanear ambos lados de su tarjeta de vacunación y crear un archivo JPEG o PDF. Luego, en OneSource, deberán hacer clic en el formulario de la vacuna que se encuentra bajo Contratos y Formularios, seleccionar y subir su archivo, completar el formulario, seleccionar “check” para detectar posibles errores y, por último, enviar la solicitud. Una vez recibida la solicitud del empleado, este recibirá una notificación e información adicional. Cuando la solicitud haya sido aprobada, o rechazada, se le enviará otra notificación. En este documento pueden ver las instrucciones paso a paso.

El comprobante de vacunación, la exención médica, o la documentación de su exención religiosa concedida deben ser entregadas a más tardar el 19 de noviembre de 2021. El pago de $500 se efectuará el 22 de diciembre de 2021.

Este pago es financiado con fondos de ESSER del distrito.

La información sobre sitios de vacunación, asistencia y más se encuentra en ReadyHarris.org y en HoustonEmergency.org/covid-19-vaccines.

Weekly Teacher Download for October 4, 2021

2021 September 30
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

October is National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month, and at HISD we all are honored to celebrate our district principals in many ways. We are encouraging students, parents, staff, and community members to honor and thank district principals by printing one of our custom e-cards, which are downloadable here. You can include a message to give to your school leader, display in your classroom, and post on your school’s social media. And, starting today, every campus will take part in a “Spirit Week,” which is detailed here, to honor our principals. Please be sure to tag @HoustonISD on social media.

Social and Emotional Learning

Please see this flyer for the Social Emotional Learning Department Fall Professional Development Training schedule. All trainings will be virtual and include Classroom Management, Trauma-Informed Practices, Adult SEL, Integrating SEL into the Classroom, De-escalation, Restorative Practices, Sanford Harmony, and SEL/Culturally Responsive Classrooms. Teachers may log into OneSource to sign up for these trainings. Please consider sharing this information with your colleagues. Have a great week!

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

Calling all early childhood educators! The Children’s Museum Houston invites you to apply for the Marian and Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize and a free membership to the museum. See this flyer for details

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Team will be providing a series of professional development sessions for the month of October on the UDL Planning Guide (UPG) for Reading, Language Arts, and Math, grades 3-5. The guide has been created to assist teachers in planning holistically for all students with an intense focus on closing learning gaps with student special populations. Click on this link for sessions and times. We are offering UDL open lab sessions for participants who attend the PD sessions. Register today!

Elementary Math Sessions

The Elementary Math team announces October Math sessions. All sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator-led). To view October K-5 math sessions, click here.

Teacher Service Day

Asynchronous courses will be offered on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. To view a list of courses, click here. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Guided Math: Table and Anecdotal Notes

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, for resources, tools, and best practices for implementation of first-time instruction via the Small Group Table and capturing student learning using Anecdotal Notes. This session is open to K-5 Math teachers. Register for One Source course #1458057. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

Accelerated Learning Using Math Mini Lessons

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, to gain a deeper understanding of the mini lessons designed to accelerate student learning by front loading prior learning, skills, and concepts aligned to the TEKS lesson of the day. Please bring a fully charged laptop to this training. Register in One Source for course #1460026. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

Please view this week’s CTE Bulletin, October 2021, Volume I. Visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins. Join NSBE this fall for STEM-related experiences and case studies and engage with STEM Professionals. Please view the upcoming Career and Technical Education (CTE) professional learning opportunities on October 4, 2021, below. Many sessions are synchronous, while some are asynchronous, which can be taken at any time. For instructions on how to enroll any HISD courses in OneSource, please click here. To see CTE PD sessions in October, see this flyer.

Weekly Teacher Download for September 27, 2021

2021 September 23
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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning

The SEL Thinkery is a therapeutic, supportive calming space that assists students in self-calming efforts by offering them an opportunity to relax and reset. In the Thinkery, students can participate in silent reflection, yoga, journaling, meditation, physical movement, and sensory activities. These spaces vary by grade level. Please click here to visit the SEL Virtual Thinkery to start creating your SEL Thinkery space today. Email Meagan.Young@houstonisd.org to schedule an in-person tour of the SEL Thinkery.  

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood team has prepared a variety of professional development sessions that cover the PK domains for the fall semester. Principals, Tier II Leaders, PK lead teachers, and PK teachers are welcome to register for our training sessions, which are listed here. This week, these include Dual Language Instructional Strategies in PreK, Part I, on Sept. 28; Building a Positive Teaching Collaboration for Teacher Assistants on Sept. 30; and BOY Daily News in PreK on Sept. 30.

Early Childhood

Rice University SLC Fall Summit for Early Childhood Educators: Join School Literacy & Culture (SLC) virtually for the Fifth Annual Fall Early Literacy Summit. During this half-day conference, early childhood professionals will learn about the unique challenges facing students this academic year. Highlights include a keynote address given by SLC Founding Director Dr. Patricia Cooper, author of “When Stories Come to School and the Classrooms All Young Children Need.” There will be an interactive breakout session with others teaching children of similar age levels. Click here to register. The summit takes place 8:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Participants will receive four hours of professional development.

HB3 Reading Academy Virtual PLC
From Sept. 27-Oct. 1, the Reading Academy will facilitate Virtual PLC #1 (Literacy Community). We want to foster a relationship with participants by meeting, talking, and exchanging reading/writing ideas. We are going to share strategies that will help develop a literacy community in your classroom and tips for creating explicit instruction lessons. Participants will receive their campus PLC date/time in their Canvas and Outlook emails.

Elementary Math Sessions

Grade 1-5 Snapshot Review on Sept. 27: Join this math session to gain a better understanding of the snapshot assessment for grades 1-5. We will explore how to use the snapshot outline and unit assessments to backwards plan. Get a sneak peek at some of our new assessment items. Click on the PD Catalog to access OneSource numbers and times. Share your experiences via twitter and tag@HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters. 

 Building Culture Using Daily Routines on Sept. 30: Join our session on building a culture using daily routines and gain a deeper understanding of math daily routines and explore a variety of strategies that encourage numeracy, fluency, and productive struggle. Register via OneSource #1458085. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Elementary Math Teacher Service Day on Oct. 4: We will be offering only asynchronous courses on this day. View a list of our available courses by clicking here. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

HB3 Math Academy Grades 2-3 Math Fluency Pt. 1 on Sept. 28: Join us for the first virtual math fluency session this fall. We will dive into number talks and a fluency plan to create numerical fluency in the classroom.There are two opportunities on Sept. 2: 1:00-2:30 p.m. or 3:30-5:00 p.m. For more information, click here. Share your experiences via twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #HB3MathAcademy.

Elementary Career and Technical Education
The Career Ready Wagon (CRW) is already doing virtual visits that bring a highly engaging, interactive, and informative career experience to PreK-Grade 5 students. Last year, CRW virtual visits engaged with over 5,000 elementary scholars in HISD. Volunteers read a short story about a career (book provided) and engage in a Q&A with students about their own profession. Sign up for the book you would like to read and complete the HISD VIPS onboarding. More information on Story Time is here.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

EF Education First Global Symposium (virtually or in-person)
EF Education First is hosting its annual Global Education Symposium in November to gather virtually with educators from across North America to discuss the impact and importance of “The Power of Human Connection: Building a Global Community.” Visit the HISD Abroad and EF website here and click on the Global Education Symposium link to complete the application. The virtual deadline is Oct. 15, and the in-person deadline has passed. Contact HISD Abroad Senior Manager Kian Zare with questions at kzare@houstonisd.org

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

Each month, CTE will showcase the excellent work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers. This will also bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel can submit videos, pictures, and/or student work to CTE via https://bit.ly/2X76UKV.  The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. For more info, see this flyer. Please view the September 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume III. Visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins. Find a repository of professional development opportunities and view our 2021-2022 Career Cluster Calendar. See this flyer for CTE supplemental learning opportunities.

Weekly Teacher Download for September 20, 2021

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by HISD Communications

ALL TEACHERS

Social and Emotional Learning: Join the Sandy Hook Promise for national “Start With Hello Week” Sept. 20–24, 2021, which raises awareness about social isolation and educates students on how to prevent it through training, activities, student contests, and more. Here are some sample activities to inspire students to Start With Hello. Download the free and easy Start With Hello guide for activities your class can do virtually during the week. Click here to register and join thousands of schools doing this amazing work together. Contact Kevin Jackson at kevin.jackson@houstonisd.org for more information.

International Exchange Program: Join AFS-USA and HISD Abroad this week for an information session on how you can host an international exchange student this fall and beyond. There are two sessions to choose from. About 25 students around the world still need to be matched with a host family in the next two weeks before they can enroll in HISD this fall. Register here to learn more about how you can become part of a growing global family.

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Early Childhood: The Early Childhood team has prepared a variety of professional development sessions that cover the PK domains for the fall semester. Principals, Tier II Leaders, PK lead teachers, and PK teachers are welcome to register for training sessions this week, which are listed here.   

HB3 Reading Academy Virtual PLC: From Sept. 27-Oct. 1, the Reading Academy will facilitate Virtual PLC #1 (Literacy Community). We want to foster a relationship with participants by meeting, talking, and exchanging reading/writing ideas. We are going to share strategies that will help develop a literacy community in your classroom and tips for creating explicit instruction lessons. Participants will receive their campus’ PLC date/time in their Canvas and Outlook emails.

Elementary Math Sessions: September math sessions will be offered synchronously (facilitator led). To access the sessions, see this flyer. Join the Do the Math sessions for K–Grade 2 on Sept. 20 and Grade 3–5 on Sept. 22. Collaborate in a high-impact learning experience and practice engaging research-based strategies to increase student achievement. Register via OneSource for Do the Math K-2 course #1458086 and Do the Math 3-5 course #1458090. Share your experiences via Twitter and tag @HISD_ElemMath #MathMatters.

Elementary Science Sessions: Campus lead teachers, Tier II leaders, expert teachers, and those new to grade level and/or content are encouraged to register and attend the fall professional development opportunities. For a complete list of offerings, click here.

Elementary Career and Technical Education: The Career Ready Wagon (CRW) is gearing up for virtual visits that will bring a highly engaging, interactive, and informative career experience to Pre-K-Grade 5 students. During the 2020-2021 school year, the CRW virtual visits engaged with over 5,000 elementary scholars across our six regions. Volunteers read a short story about a career (book provided) and engagd in a Q&A with students about their own profession. Sign up for the book you would like to read and complete the HISD VIPS onboarding. More information on Story Time is here.

SECONDARY TEACHERS

EF Education First Global Symposium (virtually or in-person)
EF Education First is hosting its annual Global Education Symposium in November as a way to gather virtually with educators from across North America to discuss the impact and importance of “The Power of Human Connection: Building a Global Community.” Through its relationship with EF, HISD is pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity to HISD secondary educators. Visit the HISD Abroad and EF website here and click on the Global Education Symposium link to complete the application. The virtual deadline is Oct. 15, and the in-person deadline is Sept. 22. Contact HISD Abroad Senior Manager Kian Zare with questions at kzare@houstonisd.org

Career and Technical Education (Secondary Schools)

Each month, CTE will showcase the excellent work of CTE students, teachers, and campuses to inform students, parents, and stakeholders about the programs of study the district offers. This will also bring awareness to post-graduation opportunities in the workforce. Campus instructors and personnel can submit videos, pictures, and/or student work to CTE via https://bit.ly/2X76UKV.  The work will be showcased on the CTE website and social media platforms. For more info, see this flyer.

Please view the September 2021 CTE Bulletin, Volume III. Visit our Career Readiness page here for all weekly bulletins. Find a repository of professional development opportunities and view our 2021-2022 Career Cluster Calendar. See this flyer for CTE supplemental learning opportunities. Greater Houston Job Leads and Resources from Disability Solutions offers great job opportunities for talent with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities at our employer partners. Please share these opportunities with jobseekers, colleagues, and external partners. If you have any questions or applicants, email Director of Partnership Development Kevin McCloskey at kevin.mccloskey@disabilitytalent.org.