What are Challenge Academies?
Challenge Academies are monthly working groups that create space for learning through peer networking, problem-solving, and real-world action research.
The Power of theNetwork
Challenge Academies are made up of educators from schools and districts across the Houston region.
Together, these educators reflect on professional challenges, share common school dilemmas, gain insight from current research and fellow practitioners, set goals, and test solutions to improve outcomes for students.
Coherence & Best Practices
All A+ Academies are grounded in a similar set of ideas and tools so that — regardless of role — participants speak a common language.
Houston A+ Challenge’s approach to professional learning is aligned with Robert Marzano’s School Leadership Evaluation Model and ISLCC standards. Participants set goals and work toward outcomes in accordance with these models.
While knowledge is important to a practitioner, skill development and practice are critical.
Academy participants not only learn about best practices — they put them into practice. Educators use time within their cohort to “work on the work” that is critical to their responsibilities in their schools.
Common challenges give each Academy a framework for moving learning and innovative ideas into action.