Houston A+ Challenge

Houston A+ Challenge Our role in Houston-area education is singular and crucial. No other organization exists to seek out the best ideas in education and put them into practice.
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Founded in 1997 as part of the nationwide Annenberg Challenge, Houston A+ Challenge is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that has supported public school improvement in the Houston area for nearly 20 years. Since our founding, A+ has: • Trained more than 13,000 teachers and school leaders • Impacted more than 1,000,000 students across the 62 Houston-area school districts • Helped launch dozens of innovative initiatives, including Houston’s first early college high school, public international school, and mobile middle school. • Built a reputation as a connector of education stakeholders and a clearinghouse for best practices We act as both a convener of stakeholders and as an incubator of ideas. We bring people together to discuss public education’s most pressing challenges, today and in the future, and then we launch, test and accelerate solutions to these challenges. When these incubated solutions show signs of strong success, we work to ensure they become fully integrated practices in K-12 public education throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

Founded in 1997 as part of the nationwide Annenberg Challenge, Houston A+ Challenge is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that has supported public school improvement in the Houston area for nearly 20 years. Since our founding, A+ has: • Trained more than 13,000 teachers and school leaders • Impacted more than 1,000,000 students across the 62 Houston-area school districts • Helped launch dozens of innovative initiatives, including Houston’s first early college high school, public international school, and mobile middle school. • Built a reputation as a connector of education stakeholders and a clearinghouse for best practices We act as both a convener of stakeholders and as an incubator of ideas. We bring people together to discuss public education’s most pressing challenges, today and in the future, and then we launch, test and accelerate solutions to these challenges. When these incubated solutions show signs of strong success, we work to ensure they become fully integrated practices in K-12 public education throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

Mission: Our mission is to be a catalyst for change and a model for innovation in public education in the Houston area and beyond to ensure that every student is prepared for post-secondary success.

Operating as usual

🗣🗣🗣Calling ALL teachers!!! Let's engage in some learning to get students talking and writing in all content areas! Conta...
10/16/2020

🗣🗣🗣Calling ALL teachers!!! Let's engage in some learning to get students talking and writing in all content areas! Contact us today to learn more about this learning module.

Check out our latest blog post at www.houstonaplus.org/news and subscribe today for future updates!
10/14/2020
Six Lessons from Six Months of Leading Virtual Professional Learning

Check out our latest blog post at www.houstonaplus.org/news and subscribe today for future updates!

Houston A+ Challenge shifted its professional learning supports to a virtual space as our partner schools transitioned to online learning. After more than six months of working with teachers online, we have learned many lessons about how to best respond to teachers' demands amid a global pandemic. W...

Small yet powerful. Meet the team. Top row (left to right): James Dirden (Math Coach), Erica Milson (ELA Coach/Marketing...
10/06/2020

Small yet powerful. Meet the team.
Top row (left to right): James Dirden (Math Coach), Erica Milson (ELA Coach/Marketing Manager), Jen Mascheck (Math Coach), Tom Monaghan (Executive Director/Leadership Coach), Imelda Cardoza (Volunteer Admin.)
Bottom row (left to right): Donna O’Neil (Business Manager), Susanna Fontenot (Director of Development/ELA Coach), and Susannah Young (ELA Coach/Tech Specialist) #smarterandstronger #lifelonglearner #studentgrowth #mathematician #realreaders #writerscommunity

"Finally! Aligned resources to the standards where the answer choices tell me abut the student thinking!" ~Mathematics t...
09/29/2020

"Finally! Aligned resources to the standards where the answer choices tell me abut the student thinking!" ~Mathematics teacher in Aldine ISD.

Have you checked out the sample math assessments? Click on the link below, scroll down to free resources, and print a sample math assessment today.

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THANK YOU!! Yesterday wrapped our #apluswriting10for10 Challenge, and we appreciate all who joined us on the journey. Pl...
09/26/2020

THANK YOU!! Yesterday wrapped our #apluswriting10for10 Challenge, and we appreciate all who joined us on the journey. Please see these slides for resources and daily share spaces from the last ten days. #writerscommunity

09/25/2020

We can't say it enough, but that doesn't mean we won't try! Thank you to all our donors and supporters. You make possible change and innovation in Houston area public schools. #donorlove #thankfulfridays

Finish strong today! It's day ten of our #apluswriting10for10. Thank you for writing, sharing and growing with us! #amwr...
09/25/2020

Finish strong today! It's day ten of our #apluswriting10for10. Thank you for writing, sharing and growing with us! #amwriting #writerscommunity

Some wonder what we do when we’re not on campuses...We gather in the think tank and learn! Today’s topic: building your ...
09/24/2020

Some wonder what we do when we’re not on campuses...We gather in the think tank and learn! Today’s topic: building your brand. Not only do we grow educators in learning and implementing best practices, we also grow them in becoming influencers of learning.

What’s your brand? Contact us today to find out how we can coach you in becoming an influencer...like us!

Today is all about that draft! Day nine of #apluswriting10for10 slides are attached here. #amwriting #writerscommunity
09/24/2020

Today is all about that draft! Day nine of #apluswriting10for10 slides are attached here. #amwriting #writerscommunity

Any educator looking for online professional development, visit https://www.houstonaplus.org/shop to see all learning mo...
09/23/2020

Any educator looking for online professional development, visit https://www.houstonaplus.org/shop to see all learning modules we are currently offering.

Modules can be completed wherever, whenever. You can start and stop and you will receive feedback from a Houston A+ coach over your final product.

Titles consists of but are not limited to Delving into Data, Ratio Tables, Digital Writing Conferences, and many more. If you are an administrator, contact us to receive information on tailored learning modules for your campus.

Day eight and we're making progress! #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity
09/23/2020

Day eight and we're making progress! #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity

Day seven and things are moving along in our #apluswriting10for10! Today is all about writing long. Keep going! #amwriti...
09/22/2020

Day seven and things are moving along in our #apluswriting10for10! Today is all about writing long. Keep going! #amwriting #writerscommunity

It's Monday and that means it's the start of week two in #apluswriting10for10! See the slides for day six attached to th...
09/21/2020

It's Monday and that means it's the start of week two in #apluswriting10for10! See the slides for day six attached to this post. #amwriting #writerscommunity

Day Five! We're half-way through our #apluswriting10for10 Challenge. What will you share today? #amwriting #writerscommu...
09/20/2020

Day Five! We're half-way through our #apluswriting10for10 Challenge. What will you share today? #amwriting #writerscommunity

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thank you!
09/19/2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thank you!

It's the weekend, but our #apluswriting10for10 is still going! Click on the slides for Day Four! #amwriting #writerscomm...
09/19/2020

It's the weekend, but our #apluswriting10for10 is still going! Click on the slides for Day Four! #amwriting #writerscommunity

Our math coach Jennifer Holcomb Mascheck taught us about quadrants, x&y axis, etc today. She designed a lesson that was ...
09/18/2020

Our math coach Jennifer Holcomb Mascheck taught us about quadrants, x&y axis, etc today. She designed a lesson that was accessible for the ELA coaches as they learned about the “cross thingy”. 😂

If you’re interested in learning more about how we design lessons to meet the needs of all learners, contact us today. Happy Friday!

Day three is here! #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity
09/18/2020

Day three is here! #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity

Quite sure there are a lot of educators feeling this way today. Please remember to show grace and support to all of our ...
09/17/2020

Quite sure there are a lot of educators feeling this way today.

Please remember to show grace and support to all of our teachers and kiddos.

Happy Thursday! ❤️

Time for day two of #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity
09/17/2020

Time for day two of #apluswriting10for10 #amwriting #writerscommunity

Photos from Houston A+ Challenge's post
09/16/2020

Photos from Houston A+ Challenge's post

Here's some info to get you prepped to join us tomorrow when we begin #apluswriting10for10 Writing Challenge! #amwriting...
09/15/2020

Here's some info to get you prepped to join us tomorrow when we begin #apluswriting10for10 Writing Challenge! #amwriting #writerscommunity

Our first ever Writing Challenge starts Wednesday! Plan to join us!
09/14/2020

Our first ever Writing Challenge starts Wednesday! Plan to join us!

Address

2700 Southwest Fwy, Ste B
Houston, TX
77098-4607

General information

Houston A+ Challenge is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that has supported public school improvement in the Houston area since 1997.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(832) 519-9590

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Since 1997, Houston A+ Challenge has developed the vision, expertise, and networks required to strengthen our local public schools, test innovative educational practices and connect educators to the public and each other. Our menu of programs evolves annually to meet the needs of Houston’s public school students, but within a framework defined by two strategies: • Strengthen: Advancing next practices through advising, coaching and professional development - We work with public schools to strengthen instruction and leadership through consulting, on-campus coaching, leadership academies, professional development workshops, and more. Rooted in research, guided by best practices and led by a team of in-house subject matter experts, we help today’s schools and practitioners meet the diverse needs of Houston area students. Houston A+ Challenge consultants and coaches disseminate the knowledge gained by the organization through nearly 20 years of practice in the city’s schools, and we adjust our solutions to meet the needs of each school, educator and student. Our ultimate goal is for Houston-area schools to graduate students who are authentic readers, writers and problem solvers with the character skills to achieve their dreams. • Connect: Convening people around ideas - We convene educators and thought leaders to learn from peers and experts through a wide array of publications and events, fostering critical conversations about public education’s needs, goals, trends and achievements. Programs such as our Chevron Speaker Series, panel discussions and networking events, as well as our engagement in policy development and interpretation, are among the ways we call together city leaders, philanthropists, researchers, policy-makers, school and district leaders, educators and parents to discuss and solve the most pressing issues we face in educating Houston’s 1,252,660 students.

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