Toolkit

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Hidalgo City Profile

Welcome to Hidalgo! Familiarize yourself with the people and history of the south Texas city that is home to the nation's first early college district.

Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Mission and Vision Statements HISD strives to "educate all students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens." Read each school’s mission and vision statement to see how each aspires to create an exemplary learning community. Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Partner Profiles

Hidalgo's success is due in large part to its strong partnerships within the community and throughout the state. Read these profiles of the educational and charitable organizations with which HISD has partnered in order to provide all students with the benefits of early college.

Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Hidalgo ISD Viewbook

Hidalgo ISD lives by three key principles: "Total Team Effort," "No Excuses," and "One Student at a Time." This 2008-09 HISD publication shares the vision the district’s leaders have implemented to ensure academic excellence among students.

Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Striving for Academic Excellence This report profiling Hidalgo and six other economically disadvantaged school districts details characteristics such as student and teacher demographics, graduation rates, class sizes, and state test passing rates. Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Student Performance This 2011 report describes key student outcomes at Hidalgo Early College High School, such as performance in college courses and on college entrance exams. The report was compiled by Jobs for the Future's Student Information System, which collects and analyzes data from early colleges nationwide. Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
Student Speeches "Without a doubt, the Early College initiative has brought out the best in all students... It has demanded a high level of independence, a tremendous amount of perseverance, and a lot of responsibility." In these excerpts, Hidalgo students speak about their experiences as early college students. Introduction to the Hidalgo Independent School District
South Texas College Fact Sheet South Texas College now serves as Hidalgo ISD's primary postsecondary partner. This fact sheet provides basic information on the various degree programs, the current leadership, and key statistics on the demographic and educational attainment characteristics of the student population. Building Strong College Partnerships
Partner College Profiles The University of Texas-Pan American and Texas State Technical College were instrumental in helping Hidalgo launch early college opportunities for all students. Building Strong College Partnerships
STC MOU Hidalgo ISD and South Texas developed this memorandum of understanding in 2011 to strengthen their relationship and ensure sustainability. Added benefits for Hidalgo include reduced textbook costs and access to additional course-taking options. Building Strong College Partnerships
STC Dual Enrollment Manual This manual, produced by South Texas College, outlines the procedures and guidelines of the dual enrollment program between the college and local school districts, including specific terms of agreement for admissions, student eligibility, the granting of college credit, and the process for teachers to become adjunct instructors. Building Strong College Partnerships
Qualifying Test Scores To qualify to enroll in specific courses at South Texas College, high school students must reach these qualifying test scores on the TAKS and THEA. University Personnel for High School Partnerships. Building Strong College Partnerships
STC Organizational Chart This chart shows the reporting structure and positions of the team at South Texas College that oversees High School Programs and Services. Building Strong College Partnerships
Job Description: STC Associate Dean of High School Programs and Services At South Texas College, the Associate Dean of High School Programs and Services provides leadership and direction for all dual enrollment programs and services for high school students. Building Strong College Partnerships
Job Description: TSTC Director of Dual Enrollment At Texas State Technical College, the Director of Dual Enrollment oversees all aspects of the program and serves as the liaison between the college and school district. Building Strong College Partnerships
STC Instructor Evaluation Form Students at South Texas College use this form to rate the performance of their instructors on a scale ranging from “Almost Always” to “Almost Never” against numerous criteria of effective instruction. Building Strong College Partnerships
STC Faculty Evaluation Plan To help improve teacher effectiveness, the plan looks closely at the process used to assess and rate the performance of all faculty members. Building Strong College Partnerships
Hidalgo ISD Budget Summary View a summary of how the district allocates resources to instruction and other areas. Operating and Financing an Early College District
Early College Designation Application Hidalgo ISD’s 2011-12 application for early college designation, which must be renewed each year, shows what conditions the district and high school put in place to be granted early college status from the state. Operating and Financing an Early College District
Junior High Early College Expansion Grant Hidalgo ISD received a three-grant from the Texas Education Agency to strengthen curriculum at its middle school and improve course alignment between middle and high school. Operating and Financing an Early College District
Hidalgo ISD Organization Chart The 2010-11 chart illustrates the district’s reporting structure. Operating and Financing an Early College District
Hidalgo ECHS Master Schedule This schedule from 2010-11 shows how Hidalgo ECHS balances college courses, high school courses, and extracurricular opportunities within the school day. Operating and Financing an Early College District
District Improvement Plan Hidalgo ISD has set priorities and established long-range goals for improvement. Operating and Financing an Early College District
Hidalgo Early College High School Campus Improvement Plan HECHS’s priorities for improvement include improving college entrance placement test results, using technology to deliver instruction, and strengthening parent involvement. Operating and Financing an Early College District
College Busing Schedule One logistical challenge Hidalgo overcame in launching early college for all was providing transportation for students to take courses at three partner colleges. Operating and Financing an Early College District
School Board Recognition The American School Board Journal awarded the Hidalgo School Board a 2009 Magna Award in recognition of “highly innovative thinking” as demonstrated by its efforts to build local partnerships and extend early college to all students. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Leadership Academy Agendas These agendas display the diverse topics and speakers at the HISD Principals’ Leadership Academy, designed to bring district principals together to discuss issues relevant to all schools. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
High-Yield Instructional Strategies Implementation Process Based on professional development provided to HISD faculty and administrators by Jobs for the Future, HISD asked each campus to focus on one or two instructional strategies and to create an implementation plan for how it would employ those strategies. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Summer School Employee Handbook Hidalgo’s summer school aims to provide students with opportunities for college course-taking and acceleration and to give assistant principals and teachers opportunities to take on key leadership roles. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Summer Educator Internship Program The Academic Leadership Alliance has designed a presentation to attract teachers to the Summer Educator Internship Program, which helps teachers tie their curricula to workforce opportunities for students. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Benefits Package HISD employees can receive specific compensation and benefits packages, including health insurance and performance-based incentives. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Performance Pay - Secondary Campuses To be eligible for performance pay, HISD teachers must submit a proposed plan of action for making a significant contribution toward student achievement and receive approval from the principal. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Performance Pay - Elementary Campuses This template lays out the performance pay proposal requirements for teachers at elementary campuses. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Example Performance Pay Plan This example of an approved performance pay plan describes the activities the teacher proposes to undertake to promote college and career readiness. Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
College and Career Readiness for All Texas High School Graduates How can Texas endorse a curriculum that prepares students to be college-and career-ready without creating a two-tiered diploma system that sets different expectations for different students? Jobs for the Future, in a paper for the Communities Foundation of Texas, identifies Hidalgo ISD as a model for how to wed the goals of college readiness with career education. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Curriculum Bulletin This curriculum bulletin describes the high school and college courses Hidalgo students can take, lists prerequisites, and explains how credit toward the high school diploma and Associate’s degree can be earned. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Career Pathways Guide Using guiding questions, the 2009-10 Hidalgo ECHS career pathways guide helps each student identify a career path of interest and map out courses accordingly. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Hidalgo ECHS Educational Plan This guide helps students map out their courses and track their progress toward completing a high school degree. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Ninth-Grade Preregistration Form Students entering Hidalgo ECHS use this form to request courses for the ninth grade and to report any completed courses for which they can receive high school credit. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Career and Technology Registration Form Hidalgo ECHS students use this form to sign up for a range of career and technology education offerings, including college classes for credit. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Summer Program Brochure The brochure explains the range of summer course offerings for Hidalgo ECHS students entering the ninth through twelfth grades. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
College Tech Prep Texas Scholar Brochure The brochure explains the course plan a student must follow to meet the graduation requirements of the Tech Prep program; a key component is one college-level course in technology or a career field. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Certificate Program Profiles Read about two certificate programs offered through Hidalgo ECHS: Oracle Academy and 911 Emergency Communications. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
College Success Course Syllabus The syllabus from fall 2009 describes the course and its objective, explains the grading systems, and outlines the class session topics and assignments for the semester. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
College Algebra Syllabus This syllabus describes a South Texas College course taught by an adjunct instructor teaching at Hidalgo ECHS. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
College Physics II Syllabus This syllabus describes a South Texas College course taught by an adjunct instructor teaching at Hidalgo ECHS. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
United States History I Syllabus This syllabus describes a South Texas College course taught by an adjunct instructor teaching at Hidalgo ECHS.

Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
United States History II Syllabus This syllabus describes a South Texas College course taught by an adjunct instructor teaching at Hidalgo ECHS. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Composition II - Rhetoric Syllabus This syllabus describes a South Texas College course taught by an adjunct instructor teaching at Hidalgo ECHS. Aligning Courses and Career Pathways for College Success
Best Practices Summary Hidalgo was recognized by the Texas Education Agency in 2008-09 for best practices in creating early college and career awareness and in integrating a rigorous college-level curriculum with a robust career and technical education program. Creating a College-Going Culture
Freshman Orientation Schedule At Hidalgo ECHS, freshman orientation is an opportunity to reinvigorate students and teachers alike and to build excitement for the year ahead. Diverse faculty and staff take part in welcoming the entering freshmen. Creating a College-Going Culture
Ida Diaz Junior High Early College Expansion Plan This presentation explains how Hidalgo ISD transformed Ida Diaz into an early college middle school, building college culture and rigor for students at the middle level. Creating a College-Going Culture
Ida Diaz Junior High Professional Learning Communities The junior high organizes students into smaller learning communities, each named after a college or university. Creating a College-Going Culture
Hidalgo ECHS Class of 2010 Graduation Program This booklet lists the names of honors students, scholarship recipients, and recipients of additional certifications. Creating a College-Going Culture
Hidalgo ECHS Class of 2010 Commencement Exercises The program for the HECHS Class of 2010 commencement exercises lists the names, photos, and honors of the graduating seniors. Creating a College-Going Culture
College Decisions HISD seniors graduating in 2011 are headed to colleges and universities across Texas and beyond. Creating a College-Going Culture
Student Reflections In the salutatorian speech and other graduation day addresses, students reflect on their experiences at Hidalgo ECHS and how the school supported them to excellent achievement. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Sample Student Portfolio This record, designed to inform teachers of student progress, shows the course schedule of a student at Ida Diaz Junior High as well as his history of achievement on state and local assessments. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Sixth-Grade Tutoring Schedule The schedule lays out regularly offered sessions throughout the academic year and notes benchmarks and state testing dates. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
High School Saturday Tutoring Schedule HECHS uses Saturdays to accelerate student learning and give students intensive support in their college coursework. Teachers receive extra pay for their Saturday work. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Guide to College Admissions This guide, part of an information packet sent to all Hidalgo ECHS students and parents, explains the college admissions process including costs, sample essay questions, and important deadlines. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Guide to Financial Aid This guide familiarizes families with the Federal Application for Free Student Aid, as well as other aid opportunities such as Pell Grants. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Guide to the SAT, ACT, and THEA This guide contains information on tests for college admissions and placement into credit-bearing courses. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Guide to College Scholarships This guide makes Hidalgo ECHS students aware of opportunities such as the Horatio Alger State Scholarship, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the College Assistance Migrant Program. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Senior Year Planner Each month of the senior year contains important milestones and deadlines for college admissions, such as registering for the SAT, requesting teacher recommendations, and ensuring parents have their financial information ready. Developing Comprehensive Student Supports
Parent Involvement Report The report describes the parental liaison program and presents data on the number of parent volunteers per school as well as the number of parents who attended meetings on topics such as “coping with sibling rivalry” and “gangs in school.” Engaging Family and Community
Parent Meeting Agendas These agendas show how Hidalgo ISD engages parents through informational meetings on topics such as health, personal finance, and drug abuse. Sample calendars show the range of district activities that involve parents, from GED classes to holiday luncheons. Engaging Family and Community
Parent Profiles Parents are central to the HISD community. Read about how two parents furthered their own educations through Hidalgo’s Parent Academies. Engaging Family and Community
STC Student and Parent Contract To ensure that students and parents are aware of the key differences between Hidalgo ECHS and traditional public high schools, the school and its partner universities require each student and his/her parent to sign off on this information acknowledgment form. Engaging Family and Community
The Parents’ Guide to Tech Prep This guide helps parents understand how their sons and daughters could benefit from the Tech Prep program and explains how the Tech Prep course plan differs from a traditional college preparatory track. Engaging Family and Community
Senior Contract This contract, sent at the beginning of the school year to families of high school seniors who have not yet passed the state’s graduation exit exams, sets forth expectations for the student, parent, and school to support the student to graduation. Engaging Family and Community
Notice of Mandatory Parent Meeting This notice informs middle school parents when their child is not performing up to standard on benchmark assessments and leads to a mandatory parent meeting at which Hidalgo ECHS teachers and staff outline the availability of tutoring. Engaging Family and Community
Tutoring Notice This notice informs middle school parents of their child’s required attendance at Saturday and after-school tutoring. Engaging Family and Community

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