[/column_1] Heather Staker is the founder and president of Ready to Blend, a research initiative focused on helping educators and families use blended learning to improve the achievement and well-being of K-12 children. She is also an adjunct fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit think tank that promotes disruptive innovation in…

Flipped classrooms are increasing as a powerful strategy in 21st century classrooms. Let’s practice that innovation right now. To prepare for the Monica Martinez talk, please take a few minutes to review the video and short articles below. With this background information, you will experience a Deeper Learning. We look forward to your comments and…

June 2, 2015 Commissioner Williams sends charter school decisions to SBOE AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education of his decision to grant six Generation Twenty charters. Those approved by the Commissioner include: • A+ Unlimited Potential (Houston) • Athlos Academy (Dallas/Fort Worth) • Kaufmann Leadership…

  A+ received this fantastic message from a literacy specialist for KIPP Schools.  We are thrilled that the training and coaching we provided has led to such positive outcomes. Dear coaches, Just wanted to reach out to thank you again for our training around STAAR and share some great news.  At two primary schools that…

The following story ran in the Texas College and Career Readiness Network news in March, 2015.  Read it in its original location here. Faculty and school leaders from community college and school districts who participated in the Gulf Coast Partnership for Achieving Student Success (GC PASS) project are expanding the initiative to help students successfully…

A+ has partnered with KIPP Spirit Academy, a middle school in southeast Houston (Sunnyside/South Acres area), since 2012. We recently had the opportunity to speak with members of the math faculty and administration about the impact of the partnership on student learning. HOUSTON A+ CHALLENGE: Tell me about your history with A+. SHELBY POWERS, TEACHER,…

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…

8th grade Algebra teacher and basketball coach Sean Plaskett worked with an A+ Coach through our partnership with KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys. Not too long ago, Mr. Plaskett sat down with us to chat about the incredible community he’s built in his classroom, and about his experience working with his A+ Numeracy Performance Coach….

Parents and community leaders have a substantial stake in the quality of public schools – but too often, high quality is difficult to identify.  Do the beautiful grounds suggest that this school has the resources to meet every need?  Do the charming student performances indicate that students here are accomplished and happy?  Is there a…

“If you want to see a country that systematically underestimates what kids can do, come to the U.S.” So concludes journalist and bestselling author Amanda Ripley, whose most recent book, The Smartest Kids in the World, explores the international education landscape to learn how top-performing systems prepare all students to reason, communicate, and really think….

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