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…

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,…

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….

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…

The seventh graders at Olle Middle School in Alief ISD aren’t just readers  – they’re literary rebels.  And they’re proud of it, proud enough to show up on the last day of school wearing black t-shirts bearing the slogan “Literary Rebel – I read past my bedtime.” If this bold show of academic enthusiasm seems…

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…

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…

At Tuesday night’s public hearing about A+UP’s intention to apply to the state for a public school charter, several A+UP parents attended to learn about A+UP’s future plans, share their stories with an interested public, and show their support. A transcript of the evening’s Question and Answer session exhibits the many ways that A+UP has…

“As it turns out, the things I thought I was great at were not really that important to students’ learning. My A+ Coach opened my eyes to practices that have greater impact. …Turns out my wife was right.” Ellen Cabahug, an English Language Arts specialist at Caraway Middle School in Aldine ISD, had a lot…

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