Technology Systems to Support Continuity of Learning


    Office 365

    HISD teachers and students have access to Office 365 for Education. It is an online, cloud-based suite that offers communication and productivity tools such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive.

    Use: Office 365 applications can be used for accessing email through Outlook and using the online versions of Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote & OneDrive). You can also access Microsoft Teams online for online meetings and classes.


    Microsoft Teams

    Microsoft Teams is a digital platform that offers virtual communication and collaboration between students and teachers. Students can be provided with continued support and enhanced learning experience through conversations, video and audio meetings, and live events.

    Use: Microsoft Teams will be used as the District’s platform for student communication. By Microsoft Teams, teachers will be able to provide virtual instruction, continued student support, and other communicative needs of students.


    The HUB (it’sLearning)

    The HUB, also known as itslearning, is the district’s learning management system. The platform provides access to multiple digital resources to personalize instruction through digital lesson plans created by teachers and the curriculum department. Teachers can use the platform to create and grade assignments and share resources with colleagues and students.

    Use: The HUB allows students 24-7 access to instructional material, coursework, and digital textbooks from any device and demonstrates mastery of a subject. Students can submit their assignments and projects, collaborate, and communicate with their classmates, and create blogs, discussion boards, and ePortfolios.



    GSuite is a cloud-based application that makes learning accessible anywhere with internet access. All HISD personnel and students have Google accounts that are managed by Houston ISD and accessed by using their district credentials and network password. Teachers and students have the GSuite for education which gives them access to Google Slides, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Sites, Chrome Sync, Google Drive, and Google Drawings.

    Use: G-Suite can be used to collaborate, create, and edit files in real-time. It provides students with collaborative workspaces and access to an online storage system that can be shared and accessed across multiple devices.


    Digital Resources Page

    HISD provides a variety of educational resources for students to access. The collection of resources is district approved tools and applications that include textbooks, content-specific applications, online reading libraries, and formative and summative assessment tools. Refer to Appendix A for digital resources available.

    Use: Students and teachers can gain access to the education material needed for their specific class. Students can also access assessment tools such as Ontrack and Renaissance as well as check out books from MackinVia and MyOn.




    HISD Connect Parent Portal

    HISD Connect Parent Portal is an online service that allows registered users (i.e., parents and students) to log in to access a variety of student information, see class assignments and school calendars, and even communicate electronically with teachers.

    Use: Users can also choose to have an e-mail or text message sent if a child's grades drop below a selected average or is absent or tardy to class.

    Information that HISD Connect Parent Portal provides access to includes:

    • Period and Daily Attendance
    • Class Schedules and Assignments
    • Progress Reports
    • Report Cards


    Parent and Student Resources

    Where to get support:    HISD Technology Service Desk

    Phone: 713-892-7378

    Email: servicedesk@houstonisd.org


    Content Delivery

    Asynchronous Instructional Model

    During the time that schools are closed, the District will make every effort to ensure that student education continues uninterrupted. Houston ISD has fully adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards as the foundation for curriculum and instruction and will be implementing an asynchronous instructional model. Although the asynchronous model is the preeminent form of instruction to be delivered to students, short time increments of synchronous instruction will happen regularly as a part of the asynchronous plan.


    • Students engage in daily, recorded flipped lessons created by the teacher.
    • Students attend short, live guided practice on Microsoft Teams with the teacher and classmates.
    • Students can get additional support by attending small group instruction.
    • Students complete independent assigned learning activities on a daily basis.
    • Students will engage in the instructional model, correlating with our regular two-day blocked bell schedule, and turn in assignments daily to serve not only as a measure of mastery, but also to be awarded attendance credit.


    Design of Instructional Materials and Content

    Teachers will deliver asynchronous instruction via the district adopted LMS, the HUB, while using Microsoft Teams to facilitate short synchronous, direct and small group instruction via Teams. Instructional materials will be designed and adapted for asynchronous instruction through various modalities of the LMS. To ensure instructional materials and content are coherent and logically sequenced to reinforce continuity of learning remotely, TEKS- aligned HUB courses will be organized in a logical format using the built-in Plans tool to allow students ease of navigation to support self-guidance of course materials. In addition, instructional materials will consistently reinforce concepts to ensure retention of knowledge for an asynchronous learning experience. Therefore, instructional materials and assignments will be broken up into weekly plans containing daily student expectations.



    Daily Schedule

    Students will have the opportunity to work with the teacher, with classmates and independently within the daily learning schedule.  Students who may need more flexibility may arrange that in advance with their neighborhood Assistant Principal.

                         Daily Class Schedule

    8:30 - 10:03

    1st and 5th Period

    10:10 – 11:45

    2nd and 6th Period

    11:45 – 12:15


    12:15 – 12:48

    Tutorials/Club Meetings/Neighborhood Meetings

    12:55 – 2:28

    3rd and 7th Period

    2:35 – 4:10

    4th and 8th Period


    90-Minute Instructional Cycle


    Flipped Lesson - Recorded Direct Instruction Prior to Class Period posted on the HUB

    20 Minutes/class

    <= 80 minutes per day

    Live Synchronous Instruction

    Guided Inquiry/Guided Practice Instruction live with teacher and classmates on Microsoft Teams

    30 minutes at the beginning of each class period 

    180 minutes per day 

    Teacher Support

    Small group instruction and tutorials on Microsoft Teams

    Additional 30 minutes after live, synchronous instruction during each designated class period 

    180 minutes per day designated

    Asynchronous Instruction

    Independent practice with mastery measure for each class period submitted through HUB, On-track, or Turnitin.com, etc.

    Last 30 minutes of each designated class period  

     180 minutes per day


    Social Emotional Learning

    Communities in Schools, Lamar Student Support Center, Aida Tello – atello@houstonisd.org

    Social Emotional Learning Department promotes the process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches social competencies and interpersonal skills we need to be successful citizens, have positive relationships, and function effectively in society. These skills are designed to foster positive student academic outcomes and to help adults understand, develop, and model SEL skills such as:


    • recognizing and managing our emotions
    • developing caring and concern for others
    • establishing positive relationships
    • making responsible decisions, and
    • managing challenging situations constructively and ethically.


    Students, Parents and Guardians

    At home:

    • Establish routines to help the student be more successful.
    • Monitor use of social media platforms and limit viewing of news broadcasts.
    • Students may develop symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Understand the role
    • mental health plays in the development of the whole child in physical health, school performance, and behavior.
    • For counseling, mental health education, and to obtain mental health referrals contact 24/7 Mental Health Let’s Stay Connected Hotline @ 713-556-1340
    • Submit secure and anonymous safety concerns using the Sandy Hook Hotline 1(844)572-9669 http://www.saysomething.net/
    • Utilize resources and tools via https://www.houstonisd.org/sel#


    SEL supports include resources and trainings on various topics such as:

    • Weekly Webinars based on current SEL and Mental Health topics
    • How to effectively utilize SEL resources at home to provide hands on tools to support scholars
    • Understanding the reasons that may cause a scholar to display challenging behaviors, adjustment problems,
    • and offer various options and solutions to effectively respond to the behavior
    • Mindfulness – relaxation techniques, calmly accepting feelings, noticing your reactions, feelings in the body, and helpful versus harmful thoughts


    Effective parenting for scholars experiencing trauma:

    • Identifying patterns of behavior and reactions that do not seem to “fit” the situation (triggers)
    • What distracts your scholar, makes him or her anxious, or results in negative behavior?
    • Help your scholar avoid situations that trigger trauma
    • COVID19 may be a shared (collective) trauma for scholars and parents
    • Visit https://www.houstonisd.org/sel# for SEL parent resources



    Wraparound Services

    • The Wraparound Services Department connects students and their families with community-resources that address the non-academic challenges that students face which ultimately impact their ability to learn.
    • For the 2020-2021 school year, the Wraparound Resource Specialist role will be added to 70 additional campuses; meaning that this position will exist full-time at 210 of the district’s 280 campuses. By the 2021- 2022 school year, every HISD campus should have a full-time Wraparound Specialist.
    • Wraparound Resource Specialists will use a data-based approach to identify students in need, and to connect them to the appropriate non-academic supports that address critical issues such as mental health and physical needs, food insecurity, lack of stable housing, violence, incarceration of a parent, legal and crisis support and many other challenges that can have adverse effects on a student’s readiness and ability to learn.
    • Wraparound Resource Specialists will build partnerships between their campuses and resources available in their local communities, helping to leverage partnerships to meet the unique needs of HISD campuses.
    • Wraparound Resources Specialists will work collaboratively with school leadership, counselors, nurses and teachers to ensure that students and families with the greatest needs are being properly connected to resources that will enhance their academic outcomes.
    • Wraparound specialists will also assist students and families that campuses are having difficulty locating
    • Wraparound specialists will collaborate with the Student Assistance department (homeless/foster care/residential) to provide additional layered support to such student groups.
    • Wraparound specialists will work closely with the Strategic Partnerships department to ensure that additional community resources are made available.
    • Additional information and a directory of all wraparound specialist can be found athoustonisd.org/wraparound


    Academic & College/Career Counseling

    Lamar College Corner, Maggie Trendell – mtrendel@houstonisd.org

    • Virtual webinars on various topics related to academic and college/career counseling will be offered throughout the year. Dates and information will be accessible at houstonisd.org/collegereadiness
    • College & Career counselors will continue to reach out directly to students and families to assist them through postsecondary plans, including financial aid and postsecondary transition.
    • Virtual college tours will take place to provide students with exposure to postsecondary options.
    • For questions or additional support please contact djohnsto@houstonisd.org



    Athletic Coordinator, Michael Lindsey – Philip.Lindsey@houstonisd.org


    Remote Learning Guidelines for Athletes:

    • Houston Independent School District (HISD) Athletes will be allowed to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Athletics and Activities if they decide to participate in remote learning for the Fall 2020 semester.


    Students Expectations

    • Must have a 2020 physical examination
    • Payment of HISD Insurance or completed Insurance Waiver Form
    • Parent Approval and Medical Authorization Form
    • UIL Acknowledgement of Rules Form
    • Concussion Acknowledgement Parent Signature Form
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form
    • Media Release Form
    • Must have a Previous Athletic Participation Form (PAPF) – for incoming 9th graders or students new to an athletic program only
    • Meet all TEA/UIL Eligibility Requirements
    • Must attend practices set by the coach of their sport or activity
    • Parent Expectations
    • To ensure all required paperwork is completed and turned in for their student athlete(s)
    • Ensure student athletes are eligible to compete in UIL athletics and/or activities
    • Parents will be required to transport student athlete(s) to and from practices



    Grading Policy


    Students enrolled in remote instruction follow the same grading guidelines as in-person instruction. Teachers receive support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grading guidelines are followed in both instructional models. At Lamar there are three grading categories – Preparation (25%), Formative Assessment (50%) and Summative Assessment (25%).


    All daily assignments must be turned in on the day they are assigned.  Class time is set aside for independent work, and students should turn in assignments before the end of the class period, or no later than 11:59 p.m.  No late work can be accepted. 


    Grades will be taken during each grading cycle of the 2020-2021 school year. All cycle grades will be used in the calculation of the final average for any class. Final exams will be administered for all high school credit courses.



    Students who engage in learning activities via the HUB, participate in a Teams meeting with teachers, and submit assignments via the HUB are considered “present” and will not be marked absent. State law TEC §25.092 and Houston ISD Policy still require students to attend at least 90% of their classes to earn credit for the course.  Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus (face-to-face) attendance in satisfying this requirement.


    Students can engage with their teacher though the following:

    • Daily participation in the HUB, the HISD Learning Management System (LMS), completion of flipped assignments before class, independent reading and work assignments, use of assigned digital tools, and/or group interactions.
    • Interaction with teacher via Teams as part of daily guided practice and small group instruction.
    • Students submit assignments via the HUB for each scheduled class. When unable to submit via the HUB students can submit assignments via emails, photos, phone conferences or other forms of documentation.


    Parents and students will receive absence notifications via School Messenger after 6:00 p.m each day.  This absence notification is for Average Daily Attendance purposes and does not resolved individual absences from classes.  High School students are required to be in attendance for synchronous, live classes on Teams for every period.  Students who have extraordinary situations should work with their Assistant Principal to determine whether a modified learning plan is necessary. 

Last Modified on August 20, 2020