BISD Professional Learning

We are very excited to have the opportunity to offer comp time this year in BISD. Comp time allows teachers to attend professional learning sessions based on individual needs, T TESS goals, and student data. Take a few minutes to watch the video to answer any questions that you may have and read the information carefully regarding the process and procedures for comp time.

Frequently Asked Questions Video

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Haley's Guide for Teachers

Pre-Approved Sessions

5 Ways to Get Students Engaged with Tech

Presenter: Haley Turner

Date: June 5, 2017

Time: 9:00 am-noon (3 hours)

Location: BISD new PLL/Auditorium

Description: Explore some cool tech tools that will energize your classroom. Learning doesn't have to be boring. Perk up your lessons with these websites, Web 2.0 applications, and mobile apps. (Please bring laptop/Chromebook/iPad if able-We will have extras if necessary)

Getting Techy with the 4 Domains of T-TESS

Presenter: Haley Turner

Date: June 6, 2017

Time: 9:00 am-noon (3 hours)

Location: BISD new PLL/Auditorium

Description: Using technology just for the sake of “using it” equates to a huge waste of instructional time that could be dedicated to deep, meaningful learning. In this session we will create lessons and explore examples of tech tools you can use that ALIGN to what you are teaching. (Please bring laptop/Chromebook/iPad if able-We will have extras if necessary)


Presenter: Dr. Hansen

Date: June 20, 2017


Session 1: 8:00 am-noon (4 hours)

Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (3 hours)

Location: BISD new PLL/Auditorium

Description: Need help moving students to the next reading level? Want to make literacy stations more engaging and incorporate science? These sessions are for you! In Session 1 Dr. Hansen will focus on analyzing individual running records and using them to move readers to the next reading level. In Session 2, attendees will leave with ready-to-use, science activities to use in Lit Stations.

GT Update:

Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert

Dates: July 17, 2017

Time: 8:30 am-3:30 pm (6 hours)

Location: BISD new PLL/Auditorium

Description: Get your 6 hours of GT update credit right here in BISD! This training will focus on using creativity and brain based approaches as differentiation tools for gifted learners.

Region 10 Revolutionizing Learning

Date: July 25-26, 2017

Time: 8:00 am-4:00 pm (Bus will leave BISD Admin parking lot at 6:15 am)

Location: Royse City High School

Cost $49.00 (Includes 1 year of membership to TCEA)/$10 registration if you are already a member of TCEA

Register and on BISD Google Form

Description Revolutionizing Learning is a two day learning festival. This conference has something for every teacher with over 125 sessions! Come to learn, collaborate, and have fun! Eric Sheninger will be one of the keynote speakers!

Bilingual/ELL Summer Institute (Session # 048823)

Date: August 1-2, 2017

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm (6 hours)

Location: Region VII

Register: session #048823

Description: The 2017 Bilingual/ELL Summer Institute will provide teachers & administrators working with English Language Learners cutting-edge information & strategies to help districts meet the needs of their ELLs. Session topics are designed to improve the educational outcome for the growing population of ELLs.

Ed Camp Innovate

Presenters: Teachers from BISD and surrounding districts

Date: August 3, 2017

Time: 8:30 am-3:30 pm (6 hours)

Location: Brownsboro Intermediate School

To learn what an EdCamp is watch this short video:

BISD Compliance Training (Must be completed by all BISD staff)

Complete your required compliance training courses in Moodle by August 5th and earn 6 hours of comp time. Log on to the Moodle link on the BISD webpage under the “Employee” section. Compliance training for 2017-2018 will be available on June 1st for employee access.

Sister Campus/Department Team Planning

Collaborative planning or vertical planning with your sister campus grade level team (Elementary and Intermediate) or department (Secondary). Items to be discussed must include aligning the YAG, evaluating assessments, discussing lesson planning, instructional resources and strategies, incorporating formative assessment and integrating writing in all content areas. Agenda, sign in sheet and notes from the meeting must be turned in to the principal to receive up to 12 hours credit and planning must take place at a BISD campus with principal approval. Majority of team members from both sisters schools/department must be able to meet at the designated time.

Engaging Students with Poverty In Mind by Eric Jensen Book Study

Renowned educator and learning expert Eric Jensen digs deeper into engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students. This is an easy read with practical strategies to implement in the classroom and great information on how poverty impacts learning and how quality teaching and engaged students can overcome the obstacles of poverty. It is the expectation that to receive comp day credit, participants will read the book and participate in professional learning through Google Classroom.

If you are interested in participating, please email Dr. Hampton. She will order you a copy of the book and enroll you in the Google Classroom site.

WOW Wednesday (Working on the Work)

Tentative Dates: September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, January 10, February 7,

March 7, April 4, May 2

Time: 3:45-4:45 pm

Location: BISD new PLL/Auditorium

Description: WOW Wednesdays are one hour focused learning on one topic facilitated by district teachers on topics such as literacy stations, higher level questioning, classroom management ideas, writing across the curriculum and so much more. This is a collaborative approach to learning and you will gain ideas that you can use in your classroom the very next day. 1 hour comp time earned for each session you attend. 3 hours of comp time for each session that you facilitate.

Graduate School

If you are enrolled in graduate school this summer or during the fall you can receive one comp time hour for every graduate course hour according to the university course catalog (up to 6 hours total). Final grading report with a grade of C or above for the class will serve as documentation of completion of the course to gain comp day credit.

Region VII Workshops

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Additional Comp Time Information

The following does not count towards comp time hours:

The following are not acceptable for the purpose of earning credit for BISD Staff Development comp day credit:

  • Teaching summer school
  • Coaching School
  • Bus Certification and Recertification
  • CPI or CPR Certification and Recertification
  • Workshops or training during normal contract hours
  • Individual classroom time
  • Attending any training if a stipend is paid to the teacher; and/or
  • Vacation travel or trips during the summer.

District Professional Development Norms

Norms are the standards or expectations by which individuals have agreed to operate while working together. Norms help to maximize the productivity and effectiveness in a positive setting and ensure that individuals are respected. They place responsibility on individuals for expected behavior helping to build community in the group and, at the same time allow for risk taking (TSDS, 2006).

The following are district norms to guide our professional learning activities:

  • Be on time
  • Prepare technology for learning
  • Engage in learning through listening, discussing and participating
  • Exhibit professional behaviors by collaborating with others and respecting diverse opinions
  • Commit to utilize new learning to benefit the students and staff we serve