The Houston Independent School District will hold its
2020 Special Education Fall Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, Dec. 12,
providing parents with the opportunity to meet with Special Education
professionals and attend online learning sessions.
This event serves as an opportunity for HISD to better support families and empowers them to be a partner in their child’s education. The theme of the event is “Supporting Educational Success During a Pandemic” and will address topics such as transition, instruction, compliance, and evaluation.
Houston Independent School District will host its next virtual Parent
University workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
of the third session will be “Digital Citizenship.” The workshop will begin
with a general session followed by virtual breakout sessions that will
include information on district programs, parent engagement, community
resources, and how parents can become active partners in the digital education
of their children.
To guide district decision-making, particularly
moving forward on virtual learning, the HISD Research and Accountability
Department is launching a districtwide Fall 2020 Virtual/Remote
Learning Parent Survey.
The Student Information Verification
application will allow parents the opportunity to verify or update their
information to stay connected to their student’s school, such as home
addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.
HISD campuses may have been closed for months, but the team at Highland Heights Elementary School has been working around the clock to make sure their school community is safe, clothed, fed, and supported.
The Highland Heights Resource Center officially opened its doors on Monday, welcoming new and old Honeybees to the first-of-its-kind center, which offers families much-needed items such as food, clothes, shoes, and toiletries.
Heights Wraparound Resource Specialist Brendella Chavis has worked diligently to
make sure students were supported.
Asusena Gonzales’ 9-year-old son, Brandon Martinez, is deaf and
attends the Region
4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) at HISD’s T.H. Rogers School.
been at Rogers since the age of 3, growing and learning like any other student.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The school closed and went fully remote in
March, and Gonzales worried that virtual school would be a challenge for
her son and that he could fall behind, but Brandon exceeded all expectations.
“He was able to learn multiplication through virtual learning, and
that was shocking to me because I thought he would be delayed but … it has been
really great,” she said. “Actually, we’ve been learning with him, and learning
the signs to assist him, which has been really good.”
The Office of Special
Education Services invites parents to the first virtual
Autism Services Meeting of the school year from 9:30 a.m. to 11
a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
This is an opportunity for
parents to receive information and recommendations on reconnecting safely
and returning strong, as well as to learn strategies on implementing in a
virtual setting for academic success.
The Houston Independent School
District will host its next virtual Parent
University workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The theme of the second session
will be “Family Engagement.” The workshop will
begin with a general
session followed by virtual breakout sessions that will include information on district programs, parent
engagement, community resources, and how parents can become active partners in
the successful education of their children.
and Talented department is offering virtual parent-information sessions on
Gifted and Talented, often referred to as simply G/T, for parents who
would like to learn more about HISD’s G/T programs.
provides two program options for Gifted and Talented (G/T) students Vanguard Magnet and Vanguard Neighborhood programs.
The Vanguard Neighborhood programs are designed to meet the needs of G/T
students at the school to which they are zoned, and the Vanguard Magnet program
provides an environment where G/T students can work with their peers at a
Vanguard Magnet School.
K-12 schools offer programs designed to meet the needs of G/T students.
Both programs provide a differentiated curriculum by modifying the depth,
complexity, and pacing of the general school program.
Houston Independent School District’s Office of Multilingual Education will
hold its annual 4th
Annual Virtual Parent Leadership Conference for parents to learn supports
and strategies that will help students to be successful while
learning from home.
conference will be held virtually from 9 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. The conference is
designed for parents and guardians of HISD students.
year’s conference will feature a variety of workshops on how parents can work
with their children at home. The conference will feature recognized
speakers who will inform and inspire parents of English Learners to become
advocates for their children’s education. Sessions will be offered
in English and Spanish. Translation will be available.