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.

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.

Operating as usual

We teach our kids to read. We teach our kids about numbers. We teach our kids to value education and we teach our kids t...
04/20/2021

We teach our kids to read. We teach our kids about numbers. We teach our kids to value education and we teach our kids to love all.

Today we teach our kids history. History that shows justice and to value all mankind. We will continue to stand for equity in education for all kids and we will continue to stand for justice for all.

We stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family and all victims and families who have experienced inequality. #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAll #goodtrouble

We teach our kids to read. We teach our kids about numbers. We teach our kids to value education and we teach our kids to love all.

Today we teach our kids history. History that shows justice and to value all mankind. We will continue to stand for equity in education for all kids and we will continue to stand for justice for all.

We stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family and all victims and families who have experienced inequality. #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAll #goodtrouble

“Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will ...
04/16/2021

“Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” ~Elizabeth Barkley

We assure that we share engaging and meaningful lesson ideas with all of our teachers.

“Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” ~Elizabeth Barkley

We assure that we share engaging and meaningful lesson ideas with all of our teachers.

JEN! 11/31 of my students got 100% on the unit test (The unit test was made of released STAAR questions aligned to the S...
04/14/2021

JEN! 11/31 of my students got 100% on the unit test (The unit test was made of released STAAR questions aligned to the SE’s in the unit of study) for exponential functions! No student got less than 60%...So proud of them-thank you for all your coaching and resources! ~Algebra 1 Teacher, Spring Woods Middle School, Spring ISD

JEN! 11/31 of my students got 100% on the unit test (The unit test was made of released STAAR questions aligned to the SE’s in the unit of study) for exponential functions! No student got less than 60%...So proud of them-thank you for all your coaching and resources! ~Algebra 1 Teacher, Spring Woods Middle School, Spring ISD

Our partnership with ILT Orem MS is growing stronger. Teachers understand the value and have implemented independent rea...
04/09/2021

Our partnership with ILT Orem MS is growing stronger. Teachers understand the value and have implemented independent reading time for all students.

“I know you are providing a service, but I am so appreciative of you. It’s good to know we are aligned with our thinking. “ K. Williams

Our partnership with ILT Orem MS is growing stronger. Teachers understand the value and have implemented independent reading time for all students.

“I know you are providing a service, but I am so appreciative of you. It’s good to know we are aligned with our thinking. “ K. Williams

Have you signed up for the STAAR module?? If not, there’s still time to register for a session to learn and collaborate ...
03/25/2021

Have you signed up for the STAAR module?? If not, there’s still time to register for a session to learn and collaborate with other teachers and a Houston A+ coach!

Contact us at [email protected] for details.

Have you signed up for the STAAR module?? If not, there’s still time to register for a session to learn and collaborate with other teachers and a Houston A+ coach!

Contact us at [email protected] for details.

Happy Spring! We have more spots available for our private comedy show with Eddie B. Sign up today to attend any of our ...
03/22/2021

Happy Spring! We have more spots available for our private comedy show with Eddie B. Sign up today to attend any of our upcoming workshops and you will receive a complimentary ticket. Don't miss out!

Happy Spring! We have more spots available for our private comedy show with Eddie B. Sign up today to attend any of our upcoming workshops and you will receive a complimentary ticket. Don't miss out!

We are so excited for all educators for this well-deserved break! We’ve decided to add to the excitement! Contact us tod...
03/12/2021

We are so excited for all educators for this well-deserved break! We’ve decided to add to the excitement!

Contact us today at [email protected] to sign up for our STAAR Test Prep workshop and you’ll receive a complimentary ticket to a virtual comedy show with Comedian Eddie B.!!

First come, first serve, so don’t miss out.

Happy Spring Break!

We are so excited for all educators for this well-deserved break! We’ve decided to add to the excitement!

Contact us today at [email protected] to sign up for our STAAR Test Prep workshop and you’ll receive a complimentary ticket to a virtual comedy show with Comedian Eddie B.!!

First come, first serve, so don’t miss out.

Happy Spring Break!

It’s here!! We are still offering our STAAR Test Prep Workshop!Contact us today at info@houstonaplus.org to sign up!
03/12/2021

It’s here!! We are still offering our STAAR Test Prep Workshop!

Contact us today at [email protected] to sign up!

It’s here!! We are still offering our STAAR Test Prep Workshop!

Contact us today at [email protected] to sign up!

Since it's International Women's Day, we feel the need to highlight some leading women in education. We salute all women...
03/08/2021

Since it's International Women's Day, we feel the need to highlight some leading women in education. We salute all women today and everyday!

"When women are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous." ~Michelle Obama

Since it's International Women's Day, we feel the need to highlight some leading women in education. We salute all women today and everyday!

"When women are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous." ~Michelle Obama

Our Math coaches recently collaborated with Aldine's Mathematics coaches from 13 middle school campuses. The learning th...
03/04/2021

Our Math coaches recently collaborated with Aldine's Mathematics coaches from 13 middle school campuses. The learning that took place will allow these content specialists to coach and provide professional learning and best-in-class practices to push thousands of students forward. Way to go Aldine ISD!

Our Math coaches recently collaborated with Aldine's Mathematics coaches from 13 middle school campuses. The learning that took place will allow these content specialists to coach and provide professional learning and best-in-class practices to push thousands of students forward. Way to go Aldine ISD!

03/02/2021

Today we celebrate Read Across America Day!

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02/18/2021

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Happy Valentine's Day!! #gratitude #donorlove
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day!! #gratitude #donorlove

Happy Valentine's Day!! #gratitude #donorlove

Think of us when you shop for your special someone or treat yourself this Valentine's Day. AmazonSmile gives a portion o...
02/11/2021

Think of us when you shop for your special someone or treat yourself this Valentine's Day. AmazonSmile gives a portion of eligible purchases when you designate Houston A+ as your charity! Select us in the Amazon app settings or on your smile.amazon.com homepage!

Think of us when you shop for your special someone or treat yourself this Valentine's Day. AmazonSmile gives a portion of eligible purchases when you designate Houston A+ as your charity! Select us in the Amazon app settings or on your smile.amazon.com homepage!

Matt Barnes and Scott Van Beck from The Education Game invited our math coach, Jen Mascheck, to speak to their parents a...
02/04/2021
"I Don't Hate Math, Mom!" - Jen Mascheck, Math Specialist and Coach

Matt Barnes and Scott Van Beck from The Education Game invited our math coach, Jen Mascheck, to speak to their parents about how to encourage and coach students as problem solvers.

The podcast/video provides some practical strategies for parents around creating persistent, resilient learners as well as ways to find connections within mathematics and other disciplines students study across disciplines.

Click on the link below to hear their conversation.
https://youtu.be/582xTE6pyNU

Jen Mascheck has coached hundreds of math teachers impacting thousands of kids through her work at Houston A+ Challenge, the Houston area's premier teacher training organization. Now she offers her expertise so your child never says, "I hate math!"

Jen Mascheck has coached hundreds of math teachers impacting thousands of kids through her work at Houston A+ Challenge, the Houston area's premier teacher t...

It’s here and we have made some changes. Contact us today to learn more about our virtual test preparation professional ...
01/28/2021

It’s here and we have made some changes. Contact us today to learn more about our virtual test preparation professional development.
#staar #testprep #teks #staartest

It’s here and we have made some changes. Contact us today to learn more about our virtual test preparation professional development.
#staar #testprep #teks #staartest

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/opinion/covid-schools-vaccine.html?referringSource=articleShare"But we are realizing ...
01/12/2021
Opinion | Make Schools More Human

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/opinion/covid-schools-vaccine.html?referringSource=articleShare

"But we are realizing what we should have known all along: that you can’t widget your way to powerful learning, that relationships are critical for learning, that students’ interests need to be stimulated and their selves need to be recognized.

The same is true for teachers — they need to feel physically safe, they need support, they need their work to be recognized and honored, and they need working conditions that make it possible for them to succeed. All of this is doubly true in high-poverty communities, where in the name of urgency, we have moved the furthest from taking a human approach to both students and teachers."

This excerpt from this article highlights how much we value building relationships with our teachers.

The pandemic showed us that education was broken. It also showed us how to fix it.

Looking for a way to uncover misconceptions in student skills with a relationship to understanding mathematics?! Check o...
01/11/2021

Looking for a way to uncover misconceptions in student skills with a relationship to understanding mathematics?!

Check out our math assessment booklets on our website.

The book includes assessments with at least two questions per student expectation to address the assessed standards for the grade level and several tracking charts.

Below are two sample questions found in the 8th grade book.

https://www.houstonaplus.org/product-page/a-mathematics-assessments-8th-grade

#mathematics #students #studentlearning #assessment #mathassessments #learning #education

Microaggression - a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrim...
01/07/2021

Microaggression - a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

Now more than ever we should listen to the wise, Haley Taylor-Schlitz and check our microaggressions. Our country is facing dynamics so many of us have never witnessed. As educators, we should pause and check our microaggressions. What message we are sending our future leaders in the classrooms? In public? At home? In the world?

Listening to Haley brings a breath of fresh air to know one of our arising leaders understands that expecting the best for all is needed. If you missed yesterday’s Chew & Chat segment, go listen. There are definitely so many gems dropped throughout her entire interview. Live in peace and enjoy!

01/06/2021
Chew and Chat with Haley Taylor-Schlitz

Join Erica Milson as she talks with Haley Taylor-Schlitz about her journey of being a high school graduate at age 13 and a second-year law student at the age of 18! Listen to her share tips and advice to students, parents, and public educators on supporting learners like herself.

What could students talk about in math class?! Jennifer Holcomb Mascheck led a learning session with mathematicians at S...
01/06/2021

What could students talk about in math class?!

Jennifer Holcomb Mascheck led a learning session with mathematicians at Southwest Schools on developing conversation for comprehension in word problems. Southwest Schools (Public Charter School), thank you for participating!

#learning #education #students #teachers #highereducationleadership #schoolreform

Today we engaged in some learning with the teachers at Knippel Educator Center on collecting data on student learning. H...
01/05/2021

Today we engaged in some learning with the teachers at Knippel Educator Center on collecting data on student learning. How many of you write down data daily to help guide your instruction?

Tune in this Wednesday at 11am as Haley Taylor-Schlitz, a young scholar, share her journey on graduating high school at ...
01/04/2021

Tune in this Wednesday at 11am as Haley Taylor-Schlitz, a young scholar, share her journey on graduating high school at 13 and currently a second year law student! Listen to her share tips and advice to students, parents, and public educators on supporting learners quite like herself.

What better way to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021 than to make a gift right now to teachers across Houston for ...
12/30/2020
Make a difference in the lives of Houston children.

What better way to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021 than to make a gift right now to teachers across Houston for the professional coaching they need to best serve their students in the coming months! With the support of individuals like you, Houston A+ is able to help teachers and leaders start the new year energized to lead their students toward post-secondary success.

Already this month, we've raised $14,280 of our $15,000 goal. Will you join other generous individuals and make a year-end gift before ringing in the New =Year? Click now and ensure your impact today!

https://tinyurl.com/aplusleadersofthepack

Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Like physical trainers, Houston A+ coaches work in real-time w...

For the educators we serve, this pandemic and the changing expectations of teaching and learning is a heavy burden to be...
12/23/2020
Make a difference in the lives of Houston children.

For the educators we serve, this pandemic and the changing expectations of teaching and learning is a heavy burden to bear. Though exciting progress is being made in vaccine development, schooling isn't likely to go back to normal any time soon. Helping teachers stay hopeful and prepared for the instruction they'll bring to their students in 2021 is a daily effort. That's what A+ is here for. And we could use your support.

If you can make a year-end gift today, you'll give teachers the energy and expertise they need to start 2021 strong. Your gift of $20, $50 or $100 will help them be ready to greet their students in the new year... Consider a monthly recurring donation that helps budget your gift over the next year - for you and us!

https://tinyurl.com/aplusleadersofthepack

Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Like physical trainers, Houston A+ coaches work in real-time w...

'Tis the season for year-end giving. Houston A+ is committed to post-secondary success for ALL kids, and we train the te...
12/18/2020
Make a difference in the lives of Houston children.

'Tis the season for year-end giving. Houston A+ is committed to post-secondary success for ALL kids, and we train the teachers so they're prepared to make it happen. Will you join us? https://tinyurl.com/aplusleadersofthepack

Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Top-notch. Cream of the crop. Best of the best. Every child in Houston deserves a teacher who fits those descriptions. Like physical trainers, Houston A+ coaches work in real-time w...

Did you light your students’ flames with learning this year? If so, cheers to holiday activity #3!
12/16/2020

Did you light your students’ flames with learning this year? If so, cheers to holiday activity #3!

Holiday activity #2 for you and your kiddos!
12/15/2020

Holiday activity #2 for you and your kiddos!

We make it our mission to bring expert voices to the community. Here’s a recap of 2020. Be on the lookout for future gue...
12/11/2020

We make it our mission to bring expert voices to the community. Here’s a recap of 2020. Be on the lookout for future guests.

Let’s keep the holiday spirit alive during this pandemic. Everyday until the holiday break, we will post an activity you...
12/10/2020

Let’s keep the holiday spirit alive during this pandemic. Everyday until the holiday break, we will post an activity you can either do with students or with your child at home.

Let the countdown begin!

12/09/2020

"Build! Do not wait for opportunities." ~Matt Barnes

If you would like to receive more information on creating an educational plan for your child and/or a student, check out https://theeducationgame.com/about/ for more information.

Leadin mom here... hope you guys will tune in!
12/08/2020

Leadin mom here... hope you guys will tune in!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow to hear some of Houston's leading moms and Matt Barnes discuss how to assure students are set up for success during this pandemic and beyond. This is going to be a great convo! See you tomorrow at 11!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow to hear some of Houston's leading moms and Matt Barnes discuss how to assure students a...
12/07/2020

Don't forget to join us tomorrow to hear some of Houston's leading moms and Matt Barnes discuss how to assure students are set up for success during this pandemic and beyond. This is going to be a great convo! See you tomorrow at 11!

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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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