A+Unlimited Potential (A+UP), the mobile middle school piloted by Houston A+ Challenge in Houston’s Museum District, was featured on the Education Week blog Vander Ark on Innovation on February 17, 2015.
From her stand up desk in the middle of the Cave, a quiet blended classroom, Cicely Benoit manages assignments for 40 middle grade learners in Edmodo. Peek over her shoulder and you’ll see folders on her Acer desktop that represent a personalized course of study for each student. She responds to electronic messages, corresponds with parents, and holds quick individual check-ins with students. She rifles through a stack of marked up composition books on her desk to incorporate specific feedback into a note back to a student (Benoit likes to see a mixture of online and print writing).
Benoit is a learning coach at Houston’s most innovative school, A+ Unlimited Potential (A+UP), a small tuition free middle school launched last year in the Museum District. As a former literacy coach for Houston ISD, she has the skills and restraint to lead a student-centered environment.