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HISD names new director for its Family and Community Engagement Department 

Dr. Michelle Burke

Dr. Michelle Burke has been selected as the new director for HISD’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department.

Dr. Burke will report directly to Chief Student Support Officer Mark Smith. She will continue working on assisting schools, families, and community stakeholders with the tools, guidance, and resources needed to support student academic achievement. She will take an active role in empowering families and the community at large to make the best decisions for their child’s academic success.

“I am so honored to have the privilege to lead our family and community engagement efforts,” Dr. Burke said. “I look forward to sharing my passion and service to the community and will continue building solid partnerships with our schools, families, and the community to impact the success of our students.” Continue reading

HIPPY program empowering parents to become their child’s first teacher

This school year, nearly 600 families across the Houston area began receiving free lessons in their homes to prepare their children to succeed in HISD schools, before they ever set foot in a classroom.

Parents began participating in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, which models simple educational activities for parents to practice with their three-, four-, and five-year-old children.

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HISD home visiting program to help hundreds of families prepare children for preschool

The Houston Independent School District this week will begin offering in-home lessons to hundreds of new families from across the district in an effort to help parents better prepare their children for preschool.

The lessons are part of the district’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters — or HIPPY program. As part of the program, HIPPY home instructors models simple educational activities for parents to practice with their 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds.

The one-hour, weekly lessons span 30 weeks and cover early literacy skills, mathematics, science, fine and gross motor skills, and language development. Research shows that HISD kindergarten students whose parents have participated in the HIPPY program significantly outperform their peers in reading and math. Continue reading

Hispanic Parent Summit connects families with the resources they need most

“My child wants to be the president of the Unites States of America. How can I help her?”

That was just one of the many questions asked this past Saturday at the Hispanic Parent Summit held at Anderson Elementary School. The summit connected parents from schools all over District IX to representatives from HISD’s Literacy, College and Career Readiness, and Multilingual departments, as well as Houston Community College, University of Houston, Catholic Charities, Houston Public Library, and many more.

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Hispanic Parent Summit to offer free workshops and resources for families

HISD District IX Board Trustee Wanda Adams has partnered with the Family Learning Academy to host the District IX Hispanic Parent Summit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Anderson Elementary School (5727 Ludington 77035). The free event will connect families with resources that support student success.

The event will feature panels, workshops, and a community resource fair with information for parents on topics such as helping English as a Second Language (ESL) students at home, developing young children’s literacy, getting involved in the school community, and paying for college. Raul Peimbert, Emmy award-winning Univision news anchor, will provide the keynote address, and HISD Trustee Juliet Stipeche will facilitate a panel on HISD resources. Continue reading

Preschool families treated to a children’s museum visit

Almost 500 HISD families participated in interactive learning activities with their preschool children at the Children’s Museum of Houston on Thursday, Dec. 11. The free visit to the museum was funded and organized by the HISD office of Family and Community Engagement as part of its Home Instruction for the Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program.

Self-assessment identifies strengths, weaknesses in HISD’s community engagement efforts

Analysis of district’s effectiveness at communicating with stakeholders is part of new HB5 requirement

One of the requirements House Bill 5 now makes of public school districts is an annual assessment of their efforts to reach out to parents, students, employees, faith-based leaders, corporate partners, taxpayers, and any other group of community stakeholders who might have an interest in their students’ success.

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“Literacy By 3” built on common goal: All students reading by Grade 3

HISD’s chief academic officer unveils comprehensive literacy plan, to be implemented starting in 2014-2015

HISD’s Chief Academic Officer Daniel Gohl presented a comprehensive literacy plan to the Board of Education on Thursday. The plan, Literacy By 3, engages students, teachers, parents, and community members around a common goal: having every student reading with proficiency by Grade 3.

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Campus meetings put families in-the-know about upcoming changes in high school

Reagan, Washington HB 5 sessions show what’s in store for next year’s ninth-graders

High school is changing in a big way for next year’s ninth-grade students, and dozens of HISD families got a jump on finding out how at two community meetings Monday night at Reagan and Washington high schools.

The changes are coming as a result of state legislation known as House Bill 5 – and HISD has rebranded the process for its students and their families as “Plan Your Path.”

“Plan Your Path” is all about guiding students to “dream big,” explained Alejandro Morua, HISD’s general manager of Family and Community Engagement, by combining career awareness and selection with a rigorous academic curriculum from pre-K through graduation.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

Students across Houston are headed back to the classroom this week, and there’s no better time than the start of a new school year to set positive routines to help your children succeed. We know that HISD parents will do whatever it takes to support their child in and outside of the classroom, so here are a few simple yet effective ways to make sure your child has a great year.

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