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Old 04-22-2010, 03:17 PM
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I'm a 28 year old with a business admin degree and my girlfriend is a 24 year old with a music teaching degree, and a year and a half of experience. We are thinking about relocating to the Houston outter suburbs or possibly anywhere in Texas and we were wondering how the state is doing financially for teachers... she is a music teacher, specifically vocal and is looking for a position that is full time.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:40 PM
Location: Clear Lake Area
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Of course there are... Houston has been experiencing a large population growth in recent years... new schools are going up everywhere. I can't help you with districts looking specifically for music teachers, but I'm sure they are not hard to find.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:47 PM
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I would start here:
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http://hspva.org/images/art.jpg (broken link)http://hspva.org/images/dance.jpg (broken link)http://hspva.org/images/instrumental.jpg (broken link)http://hspva.org/images/theatre.jpg (broken link)http://hspva.org/images/vocal.jpg (broken link)


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Old 04-22-2010, 03:48 PM
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Supposedly, there aren't as many positions as there used to be, what with budget cuts and all, but it is still possible to find a teaching job.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:55 PM
Location: Pearland
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Many districts are in a hriing freeze right now. I suggest contacting districts first and asking if they are in a freeze or not. Shouldnt be hard to get a list of Houston area districts. Might sound obvious, but the least desireable districts are more likely to be hiring, and to pay more.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:59 PM
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These are the only anticpated positions listed for HISD 2010-2011

Human Resources Home
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Welcome to the Recruitment Services homepage! Recruitment Services is a part of HISD’s Human Resources department. In the past year recruitment has been reorganized and is working in alignment with our new superintendent’s vision. My team and I are here to answer any questions you may have as you begin to explore your interest in HISD. Our primary method of communication is our e-mail address: recruiter@houstonisd.org. Our district’s goal is to recruit, select, and retain top talent for our students. Effective for the 2010-2011 hiring season, we have centralized our selection efforts. Whereas in the past you have applied to teaching positions at individual campuses, for the 2010-2011 teaching positions you will apply to the district-wide postings in the area(s) of interest. All applications will be reviewed, and all applicants will receive e-mail confirmation of application submission. We will prioritize the review of applications in critical shortage areas (Math, Science, Bilingual, SPED). The strongest applicants from each area will move on to the next step in our selection process. We look forward to engaging with you in this process, and we are excited about finding the top talent for the students in HISD’s classrooms! Remember to follow us on Twitter, and if you would like to jump start your application, check out our video submissions link.

Carmen R. Rowan,
Recruitment Team Lead

Note: HISD will not host any public job fairs this year. Please check our Recruitment Services Schedule (Index to the right) to see what other events we may attend.

Many Priorities,
One Focus.


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Selection Process 2010-2011

The Recruitment Services division of HR handles the screening and hiring of teachers, nurses, and other specialized campus staff members. However, because of the large number of applicants for each open position, its procedures have changed.


This year, HISD is implementing a four-phase screening process. All teachers who are hired for the 2010-2011 school year must successfully pass through all four phases.
There are two ways you can get yourself noticed by HISD recruiters and start the screening process:
  1. Apply online to a district-wide position, successfully pass the initial screening phase, and receive an invitation to participate in a sample teach session. HISD will screen the resumes of all candidates who apply for one of the district-wide positions. If you meet the standards we’re looking for, you’ll be contacted to continue in the screening process.
  2. Jump-start the process by mailing us a sample teach video. You’ll eventually need to create an online application, but the sooner you can show us your talent, the better. If your video meets the standards, you’ll continue to the formal interview phase of our process.
Descriptions of the Phases

Phase One: The Online Application

HISD Human Resources will screen the resume of every candidate who applies for one of the district-wide positions. If you meet the standards we’re looking for, you’ll be contacted to continue in the screening process. If you don’t, you’ll receive a message letting you know that you are no longer in consideration for this school year.
Tips for Phase One:
  • Carefully create and proofread your online application, and make sure the following information is included in order to be considered for employment:
    • A cover letter that gives us additional information about you and expresses why you want to teach in Houston ISD.
    • Accurate and complete information about your certifications and work history. If you are in an Alternative Certification Program, please list your certification as a probationary certificate for the length of one school year.
  • Include contact information for all former supervisors. The principals of all schools where you have worked must be listed in your references.
  • Take the Gallup Teacher Insight assessment if you haven’t already.
Phase Two: The Sample Teach

Candidates who successfully pass the resume screening phase will be invited to present a sample teach, either in person or by submitting a video. You also have the option to send in your video now, before your resume is reviewed. The sample teach is a five-minute opportunity for you to showcase your talents as a teacher. If your sample teach meets our standards, you’ll be invited to continue to Phase Three of the screening process.
Generalist candidates in grades EC-8 will also be required to take a brief math assessment. Poor performance on this math assessment will eliminate an EC-8 candidate from the candidate pool.
Tips for Phase Two:
  • Select a lesson that features your strengths as a teacher. The more comfortable you are with the lesson you’re teaching, the better you’ll perform.
  • Practice.
  • If you’re submitting a video, enlist the help of tech-savvy friends to make it as high-quality as possible.
  • If you’re submitting a video, view it before mailing it in—would YOU want to hire yourself as a teacher based on that five-minute sample?

Phase Three: The Formal Interview

Candidates who successfully pass the sample teach phase will be invited to participate in a formal, standardized interview. We’ve already evaluated your skill set through the sample teach, and this 30-minute interview will assess whether you have the mindset we’re looking for.
Tips for Phase Three:
  • Be yourself. In this particular interview protocol, “telling us what we want to hear” isn’t usually an effective strategy.
  • Answer the question that’s asked. Since this interview is assessing mindset, not previous accomplishments, sidebars about your achievements won’t improve your score.

Phase Four: Final Review

Candidates who have completed the first three phases successfully will be forwarded to Final Review, where their entire file will be considered. The Final Review committee will determine whether the candidate is qualified to be a part of HISD’s recruit pool for 2010-2011. The committee will consider all of the following:
  • Performance in previous phases of the screening process
  • References of all former supervisors
  • Academic and professional background
  • Criminal background check
  • Teacher evaluations, for example PDAS
  • The Gallup Teacher Insight score
  • Any additional information that is available
Candidates who are deemed qualified by the Final Review committee will be included in the 2010-2011 recruit pool. Recruits will be invited to exclusive placement events to interview with principals.
Candidates who do not meet the standard to enter the recruit pool will not be included in recruitment events and will not be recommended for interview with principals for the 2010-2011 school year. Candidates are eligible to enter the process again in spring 2011.


  1. Due to staffing limitations, we regret that walk-in applicants can no longer be processed.
  2. All inquiries should be sent by e-mail to recruiter@houstonisd.org. This is the quickest way to reach someone. Since applicants are not assigned to any particular recruiter, any one of them should be able to respond to any applicant’s question or concern.
  3. All candidates for instructional positions must complete a TeacherInsight Assessment as a part of their application

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Anticipated Openings 2010-2011

April 08, 2010
Since HISD has moved to a centralized selection model for 2010-2011 teaching positions, this page showcases the anticipated vacancies that campuses will have next year. You may be aware that in the past, schools listed their individual job openings on the HISD Jobs site. Since that format is no longer available, we wanted to make this information available to you as it becomes available to us, so that you may target your schools of interest (through your cover letter). Please remember that to express interest (for consideration of employment) means to apply online through the HISD Jobs system.

Thank you,
Recruitment Services

  • K-3 Bilingual (May be 1st, 2nd or 3rd opening)
  • 4th Grade (2)
Ninfa Laurenzo ECC
  • None
  • PreKindergarten ESL
  • 3rd Math/Science (ESL Required)
  • 3rd ELA (ESL Required)
  • 4th Self-Contained (ESL Required)
Piney Point
  • Kindergarten (Reg)
  • 1st - Bilingual
  • 2nd - Bilingual
  • 5th - Regular
  • Special Ed - Resource
  • 4th Grade (2)
  • 5th Grade
  • Computer Literacy

  • ESL Reading 6-8
  • Social Studies 6-8
  • Math 6-8
  • Science 6-8
  • Spanish 6-8

  • Math
  • Science
  • ESL
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA)
  • Math
  • Composite Science
  • French
International High School
  • English
  • ESL English
  • Social Studies Composite
  • Art
  • PE
  • Math
  • Science Composite
Jones HS (STEM Magnet)
  • Health Science
  • Tech Ed Engineer Teacher
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