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…

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…

“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….

A+UP Museum District, the groundbreaking mobile middle school launched by Houston A+ Challenge in 2013, was featured in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, September 8, 2014, as the lead example in a piece on school models leveraging technology to increase student achievement. From the article: “At Houston’s A+ UP, students ride public transit to…

This article by Meghan Mistry was originally published in Galveston County Daily News on Sunday, June 8, 2014. HITCHCOCK — Of the 54 graduates at Hitchcock High School, 91 percent have a college waiting for them. The number, calculated by how many students were accepted to college based on how many applied, is a drastic…

As much as we talk about technology revolutionizing schools, in truth, we’ve only scratched the surface.  In today’s connected classrooms, it’s possible for students to learn with very little assistance from teachers. So says Sugata Mitra, an education trailblazer who has gained a following – and a TED Prize – for his widely publicized Hole…

Want to compete with Finland, Singapore, Shanghai, and the rest of the world’s top-performing school systems? Invest in teachers. Teacher quality was one of several hallmarks discussed by Andreas Schleicher, who as Director of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), is the architect of the world’s best-known study on international school quality.  Schleicher…

A+UP was featured on March 10 on local public radio station KUHF.  Read the story at its original location – or hear the audio – at KUHF.org. Several dozen sixth graders follow their docent to the second floor of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. They start watching a video about a famous French painter. “Oh…

For many who wonder how Asian countries came to dominate international educational rankings, whole-child development wouldn’t be a first guess. Yet in a landscape of systems widely believed to rely on long hours, intensive tutoring and exhaustive drills, Singapore places a high priority on students’ holistic development – mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual and aesthetic….

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