New ‘Caught in the Act’ video series to showcase great instruction

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HISD is kicking off a new video campaign to recognize highly effective teachers delivering great instruction.

It’s called “Caught in the Act” (CIA), and its goal is to demonstrate what high-quality teaching looks like by spotlighting instructors from across the district. Every month, the HISD video team, along with Chief Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Officer Lance Menster and Chief Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Annie Wolfe, will be dropping in on classrooms to observe and point out examples of great instruction.

“This a great way to recognize great teachers at HISD,” said Menster. “We hope these videos will inspire others and build excitement, awareness, and understanding around effective instructional practices.”

The first teacher to be highlighted is Unika Harrell at Elrod Elementary School. She is a kindergarten English as a Second Language teacher, and this is only her second year of teaching.

Teachers can be nominated for the video series by schools offices, chiefs, principals, or teacher development specialists. To nominate someone, please send an email to

We’d like every member of Team HISD to act as a “Caught in the Act” or CIA agent. So when you see great instruction going on, take a picture and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #HISDcia.

2 thoughts on “New ‘Caught in the Act’ video series to showcase great instruction

  1. Leopold V Medley

    Great video. The editing, sound and camera work felt really professional, especially the voice over narration which, as a filmmaker, I know isn’t easy! It’s great to see this teacher working hard, it looks like these students really are learning! Keep up the great work HISD!

  2. Barbara Clemente

    This is a great way to showcase amazing teachers like Ms. Unika Harrell! She is a Bright Spot teacher in our district and I wish her many more years of effective practices !

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