“What would you say if someone asked: ‘What’s your number one goal for your students?’ If you are like us (and a million other teachers), you might answer: ‘I just want my kids to become lifelong readers’.” This important question leads off Mini-Lessons in Literature Circles, a professional text written by Harvey Daniels and Nancy…

HOUSTON, August 3, 2018 – Houston A+ Challenge acquires Susanna Fontenot as their new Director of Development. Susanna Fontenot has a varied background as a writer, teacher leader, a communications professional and an international learner. She entered the education profession as a Teach For America corps member, and spent five years teaching reading and writing…

Bryan Curran, an 8th grade mathematics teacher, earned a shout out from TEA earlier this summer for his commitment to excellence with students in and outside the classroom. Mr. Curran works in Galveston ISD at Central Middle School and attended A+ Numeracy Workshops during the 2017-2018 school year. A+ Performance Coaches Jen Mascheck and Torrey Conerly…

HOUSTON, March 26, 2018 – The Houston A+ Challenge Board of Trustees has named Tom Monaghan its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2018. Monaghan replaces outgoing Executive Director Dr. Scott A. Van Beck, who announced his resignation last year. Monaghan has served as A+’s Director of School Performance the last eight years. “We are…

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 education…

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,…

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