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HISD employee discounts year-round

2016 May 2
by HISD Communications

Take advantage of these educator discounts to save money all year long. read more…

Intent to Return survey asks educators about their plans for next school year

2023 January 27
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by HISD Communications

As an HISD educator, you are powerful; you do work that impacts hundreds of thousands of students—and in many cases, changes life trajectories; you unlock the promise and potential of Houston’s children; and, your expertise in the classroom is the strongest driver of student learning and success.

Predicting vacancies early and accurately allows schools to hire high-quality educators. To achieve this goal of earlier hiring, the Office of Talent is administering an Intent to Return survey from Feb. 15 – March 10. Here, district educators will have the ability to name their intentions for the 2023-2024 school year via OneSource Self-Service, selecting one of the following options:

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Principal application schedule for SY 2023-2024

2023 January 25
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by HISD Communications

Aspiring Campus Leader information sessions

2023 January 25
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by HISD Communications

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January TIA updates

2023 January 25
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Two years ago, HISD announced its plan to apply for the Texas’ Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). Since then, we’ve engaged HISD teachers, administrators, and staff in technical and design committees, administered stakeholder surveys, and held feedback groups to inform the details of HISD’s TIA design and implementation. This April, we will submit our TIA Application to begin in Fall 2023. 

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SSLB 2022-2023 Open Enrollment Aug. 1–31, 2022

2022 August 9
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by HISD Communications

Program offers up to 30 additional leave days for catastrophic illness/injury or COVID-19

The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

For the 2022-2023 plan year, COVID-19 illness is also covered by the SSLB. Documentation of a positive PCR test (employee only) will be required. As with other illnesses, extra leave days may be granted from the SSLB only after all available leave banks have been exhausted. Up to five SSLB days may be granted per COVID-19 illness. 

The SSLB membership enrollment instructions will be emailed to eligible employees during the week of Aug. 8, 2022. Please note, current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program. Plan details are also available on the SSLB webpage.

Eligible employees may enroll or terminate membership during the open enrollment period through Aug. 31, 2022. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November for enrollment only.

Contact Leave Administration via email at LeaveAdministration@Houstonisd.org or by phone at 713-556-6590 for additional assistance.

You’re eligible for a scholarship at Grand Canyon University!

2022 July 25
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by HISD Communications

HISD employees are eligible for a scholarship at Grand Canyon University to earn a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree online.

HISD is a participant in Grand Canyon University’s “Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving” program (PLLS), which provides members of our school community the opportunity to earn a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree online and receive a scholarship.

Grants and scholarships amounts for graduates of HISD high schools:

  • 10% scholarship for HISD faculty, staff, and governing board members (when combined with the College of Education scholarship, teachers will receive 25%)
  • 15% scholarship for paraprofessionals and classified staff entering an online bachelor’s program through the College of Education, a Secondary Education Emphasis degree program, or a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management degree program
  • 5% scholarship for spouses of faculty, staff, and governing board members
  • 5% scholarship for students’ parents for degrees related to the field of education 

Dual enrollment opportunities for students:

To learn more, please contact GCU’s local University Development Counselor Carrie May at carrie.may@gcu.edu. You can also call or text 281-245-7657 or inquire online. 

You may also register to attend the GCU webinar on Wednesday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. where you may ask questions on how to become a teacher, administrator or counselor. Learn about how to advance in your education and career with a bachelor, master or doctoral degree online.  Click Here to REGISTER.

Everyone must contact Carrie May (the local counselor) directly to qualify for the HISD scholarship. Call or text 281-245-7657 or inquire online. 

For current GCU students, the scholarship will apply to all future classes as long as you are continuously enrolled in the program. The 15% scholarship for paraprofessionals and classified staff is available to new students only.

More GCU information:

  • 100% online and in-state tuition no matter where you call home
  • may transfer up to nine graduate credits for teachers with alternative certification through iTeach or Texas Teachers
  • No GRE required for graduate admissions
  • Complimentary transfer evaluations provided (email unofficial transcripts to Carrie.May@gcu.edu

To learn more about GCU, please visit www.gcu.edu/houstonisd.

Summer professional development for HISD full-time teachers

2022 July 18
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by HISD Communications

All full-time HISD teachers are invited to attend two districtwide summer professional learning events and receive $100 per day upon completion of session requirements. Payment will be received in October.

  • July 26-28, 2022: Instructional Impact Institute (I3)
  • August 1-3, 2022: Curriculum in the Classroom Camp (C3)

During I3, teachers can build their own schedule for three days of learning facilitated by departments across the district. Hourly lecturers, associate teachers, teacher assistants, and paraprofessionals are welcome to attend but are not eligible for compensation.

This year, I3 is face-to-face and will take place in three locations across the city: the HISD Education Learning Center (HELC) in the northeast, Hines Caldwell ES-Kingdom Builders Center in the southwest, and Milby High School in the east. All sessions will be offered at all three locations.  

To sign up, select your location in OneSource #1480140. Then review the sessions and pick your location. You must pick one location and attend all sessions at that same location to be compensated.

More than 100 choice sessions will be available from the following strands: College & Career Readiness, Communication/Customer Service, Data-Driven Instruction, Effective Instructional Practices, Family Engagement, HISD Curriculum, HR/New Employee Sessions, Instructional Technology, Productivity-Information Technology, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education Services, Special Populations, and Student Support Services (Wraparound Services).

When you register in OneSource you will be provided a link to Sched, our conference app, which goes live on Thursday, July 21. Once you download the app, you may select your sessions. Bookmarking sessions in Sched does not guarantee you a seat in the session. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and capacity is based on room size.

Lunch will also be provided all three days, which is why you must select one location and attend all days at the same location. Your OneSource registration is your “lunch ticket”. You will only be compensated if you attend the location you selected in OneSource. Make sure you scan in and out each day with your HISD badge for attendance credit and be sure to complete the survey at the end of each session for OneSource credit.

You must have your HISD Employee ID to register. Be sure to bring your HISD ID badge and wear it so that it is visible. You will be scanned in and out each day for attendance purposes. Buildings can be cool, so bring a sweater or light jacket. Masks for indoor gatherings are encouraged but not required. Be sure to bring your mobile device. Printed handouts will not be distributed, and all materials will be accessible via Sched or Canvas.

To inform our planning, please take a few minutes to complete this survey to express your interest in participating and share your thoughts about how the district can improve your professional learning experience.

For more information, email newteachersupport@houstonisd.org.

*The following conditions must be met for stipend payment to be processed for a teacher:

  • Must attend the entire day (four 90-minute sessions); stipends will not be prorated
  • Must meet the attendance specifications for the stipend
  • Must be a full-time teacher of record when stipend payment is processed (by October 2022)
  • Must be active in the HISD system when the training stipend is processed

COVID Paid Sick Leave Update

2022 July 11
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by HISD Communications

The COVID-19 paid sick leave was originally part of a federal mandate that expired in December 2020. Supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave was important in the early days of the pandemic when we were still learning about the coronavirus, and vaccinations were not available. HISD elected to extend COVID-19 paid sick leave through the 2021-2022 school year by providing up to 10 days for approved COVID-19 paid sick leave.

Effective August 1, 2022, HISD will no longer offer COVID-19 paid sick leave. New applications will not be accepted on or after this date. 

All employees incurring absences on or after August 1, 2022, will be required to submit their absences in OneSource per the district’s absence-reporting procedures. Employees must use available leave time for these absences. Employees should not report to work when ill and should follow all current HISD protocols.

Family Medical Leave or Temporary Disability Leave coverage may also be available for absences that meet eligibility requirements. Please contact Leave Administration with any questions pertaining to an extended leave at LeaveAdministration@houstonisd.org or 713-556-6590.

Want to be a teacher? HISD can help.

2022 July 7
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by HISD Communications

Changing careers and becoming a teacher is getting easier at HISD.

Candidates can apply now to become a teacher for HISD through the Alternative Certification Program. It is a one-year program dedicated to recruiting individuals from diverse educational and career backgrounds who are passionate about students, teaching, and learning.

The program is free for candidates who accept teaching positions with HISD.

“HISD’s strategic plan places world-class talent at the center of our work, and the vision of the strategic plan is attracting interest from many new and veteran educators,” said Chief Talent Officer Jeremy Grant-Skinner.

HISD is implementing one of the most competitive salary compensation packages of any Houston area school district. A new teacher’s annual salary begins at $61,500. The school district offers up to $5,000 stipends for teachers in critical shortage areas.

Weekly virtual information sessions are every Tuesday beginning July 12, 2022.

For more information or to apply, visit houstonisd.org/acp.

Tycoon Comedy Music Fest with 50 Cent coming to Houston August 25

2022 June 17
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by HISD Communications

The G-Unity Foundation presents “Tycoon Houston,” a comedy music fest on Thursday, August 25.

HISD staff and family members may purchase tickets at 25 percent off through Tuesday, June 21. All proceeds benefit the G-Unity Business Lab and G-Unity Foundation with HISD.

Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. You will need a code to receive the discount.

The code is GUNITBIZLAB.

The fest will take place at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street. It is presented by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s G-Unity Foundation. 50 Cent has curated a must-see lineup of sought-after comedians, including B-Simone, Karlous Miller, Michael Blackson, Bill Bellamy, DC Young Fly, Gary Owen, Lil Duval, and D’Lai, as well as a few yet-to-be-announced major musical performances. This jam-packed night of entertainment will be capped off by a performance by 50 Cent and some surprise guest friends.