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Ex-Houston ISD superintendent Millard House II lands similar job in Washington D.C. area
Posted on · House served as HISD's superintendent from 2021 until last week, when he was replaced by Mike Miles as part of a long-planned takeover of the district by the Texas Education Agency.
UH Moment: Examining Loneliness and Problem Drinking in the Hispanic Community
Posted on · "This research holds the potential to generate valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms linking loneliness and problem drinking"
University of Houston to install balcony screens, re-open Agnes Arnold Hall in fall after two student suicides
Posted on · The university has allocated $38 million for a three-phase project that includes screening in the upper-level balconies of Agnes Arnold Hall while enhancing security protocols and beautifying the building.
UH Moment: Mixed Reality Raising the Bar for Space Architecture on the Moon and Mars
Posted on · "The realism of the simulation is quite overwhelming. It felt great and it felt real"
HISD Superintendent Mike Miles on his vision for improving the school district
Posted on · The newly-appointed leader of the largest school district in Texas shares his plans and ideas for enacting systemic change.
Humble ISD accused of discrimination after Spanish National Honor Society graduates prevented from wearing specialized sashes
Posted on · A school district spokesperson says the 20 impacted students should have been allowed to wear their colorful stoles at Saturday's graduation ceremony, but added that the snafu "had nothing to do with race or culture."
How educators are helping immigrant children adapt to a new country while still learning
Posted on · Jessica Lander talks about her book "Making Americans," which illustrates how educators are helping students navigate their education as an immigrant. We also talk with a Houston educator whose work is featured in the book.
UH Moment: Alumnus Reflects on Guggenheim Fellowship
Posted on · Houston Artist Jamal Cyrus Highlights Black American History
Galveston ISD accelerates hiring process for new superintendent, naming Matthew Neighbors as lone finalist
Posted on · Some community members and a trustee said during Wednesday's special school board meeting that the district was rushing the process to replace Jerry Gibson, who resigned earlier this month amidst scrutiny from board members and the public.
Friendswood ISD allows outdoor activities to resume, saying ‘individual of concern’ contained
Posted on · The Houston-area school district, which serves about 6,100 students across six campuses, canceled recess, athletic practices and other outdoor events for about 24 hours this week because of a safety concern related to a domestic dispute within the community.
UH Moment: Andy and Barbara Gessner Gift $20 Million to University of Houston College of Nursing
Posted on · Gift Helps Address Nursing Labor Shortage; College is Renamed the Andy and Barbara Gessner College of Nursing
Aldine ISD cites safety concerns while banning middle school students from using backpacks
Posted on · The Houston school district joins a growing list of schools across Texas and the United States to prohibit the use of backpacks among its students.
A Texas House committee is considering another school vouchers bill — how is it different?
Posted on · The public education committee is hearing testimony today about a House version of Senate Bill 8, which would let families enroll their children in a state-funded “educational savings program.”
$4 million bail for Houston-area teen accused of shooting schoolchildren with pellet gun
Posted on · Jordan Constantine Balderas, 17, is accused of shooting three fellow teenagers and a 12-year-old from the backyard of his Cypress home while the victims were walking home from nearby schools.
UH Moment: UH Ranked Among ‘Best Value Colleges’ by The Princeton Review
Posted on · "This recognition speaks volumes about our mission to provide students with a premier education"
Galveston ISD parting with superintendent Jerry Gibson after his controversial comments about women
Posted on · Gibson and the school district reached a resignation agreement that keeps him employed through June 30 and gives him a $70,000 severance package, according to Galveston ISD school board president Tony Brown.
How a private university in Houston seeks to meld liberal arts education and Catholicism
Posted on · University of St. Thomas President RIchard Ludwick shares his views on education.
Arts & Culture
Marsh Arabs Project, bringing traditional Iraqi mudhif to Houston, kicks off slate of events this week
Posted on · A months-long initiative involving Rice University, Archeology Now and the Arab-American Educational Foundation, among others, aims to shed light on an ancient and dwindling civilization in the marshes of Iraq.
Spring Branch and “The Giant Peach”: The Reaction to the Cancelled Field Trip Over Cross-Gender Casting
Posted on · Experts weigh in on this decision and how these decisions get made in today’s landscape.
Galveston ISD superintendent criticized for gender-related comments during groundbreaking ceremony
Posted on · Trustees for the school district are reportedly planning to hold a special meeting to discuss the remarks made by Jerry Gibson, who also has come under fire for seeking other jobs.