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 the
Network

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.

Ideas
at
Work

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.

Designing
Innovative
Solutions

Common challenges give each Academy a framework for moving learning and innovative ideas into action.

Design thinking empowers and challenges educators through a structured approach to creative problem-solving, experimentation and evolution.

2018 – 2019 Academies

Working Groups For Working Leaders

Houston A+ Challenge has over 20 years’ experience as a convener of education professionals.  Academies provide like-minded professionals from a wide variety of districts and schools an opportunity to study, and learn and discuss ways they can improve their performance toward becoming more effective in their current positions. Participants can reflect on professional challenges, gain insight from fellow practitioners, take part in professional development tailored to their unique position and goals, or simply step back from the work to assess, strategize and regroup. Challenge Academies are driven by you and your work, and provide the flexible support you need.

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