Every School Has a Story

Every day, in each Challenge Network middle school, students are being challenged to become "smarter and stronger" in their quest for a successful future.

How? A+ Coaches are working alongside their teachers, content coaches and school leaders to elevate instructional rigor and improve student engagement in their own learning.

Why? Research shows that in order to have a chance at success in college, career, and life, middle school students need to get on a higher track NOW -- or they're at great risk for dropping out in high school or graduating unprepared to do entry level work in college or business.

Student demographics and test scores can begin to paint a picture of where these schools are now. But meeting the teachers, school leaders, families and the A+ Scholars themselves will help bring this initiative to life.

Meet Christopher PerezReaching "The Forgotten Middle" Through Math
Challenge Network coaches and teachers use hands-on, active, engaging activities to spur deeper thinking and clearer understanding of the math principles that lie beneath any standardized test question.

Helping Students Fall in Love with Reading
Learn how one 5th grade teacher helped her bilingual students develop a love of reading, by helping them choose authentic, engaging books that are "just right" for them.

Husband-and-Wife Teachers Applaud A+ Coaching
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.”

2013-14 Challenge Network Schools
 

  • Albright Middle School, Alief ISD
    Principal: Lori Wyatt
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Gwynne Sullivan & James Dirden
     
  • Alief Middle School, Alief ISD
    Principal: Nancy Trent
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Jeni Fowler & Dave Weldon
     
  • Atascocita Middle School, Humble ISD
    Principal: Karl Koehler
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan & Jeni Fowler
     
  • DeZavala Middle School, Pasadena ISD
    Principal: Kim Urie
    A+ Coach: Shehz Ali
     
  • Drew Academy, Aldine ISD
    Principal: Earnest Washington
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Erica Milson & Dave Weldon
     
  • Grantham Middle School, Aldine ISD
    Principal: Rebecca Brown
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Gwynne Sullivan & James Dirden
     
  • Jackson Intermediate School, Pasadena ISD
    Principal: Paula Sword
    A+ Coach: Shehz Ali
     
  • Teague Middle School, Aldine ISD
    Principal: Sonya Hicks
    A+ Coaches: Shehz Ali, Jeni Fowler & Torrey Conerly
     
  • Stovall Middle School, Aldine ISD
    Principal: Elsa Wright
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro
     
  • Shotwell Middle School, Aldine ISD
    Principal: Mable Holt
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Susanna Reid & Dana Vontoure
     
  • Sanchez Middle School, AAMA Charter
    Principal: John De La Cruz
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Jeni Fowler & Dana Vontoure
     
  • Plummer Middle School, Aldine ISD
    Principal: John Picklesimer
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Erica Milson & James Dirden
     
  • Olle Middle School, Alief ISD
    Principal: Nelda Billescas
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Gwynne Sullivan & Torrey Conerly
     
  • O'Donnell Middle School, Alief ISD
    Principal: Janie Saxton
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan & Gwynne Sullivan
     
  • KIPP Spirit College Prep, KIPP Charter
    School Leader: Charles King
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Susanna Reid & Dana Vontoure
     
  • KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys, KIPP Charter
    School Leader: Simone Senior
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Jeni Fowler & Dana Vontoure
     
  • KIPP Liberation College Prep, KIPP Charter
    School Leader: Tai Ingram
    A+ Coaches: Paul Castro, Susanna Reid & Torrey Conerly
     
  • Killough Middle School, Alief ISD
    Principal: Bryan Brown
    A+ Coaches: Tom Monaghan, Susanna Reid & Torrey Conerly
     

Family Engagement in Focus


 

In fall 2013, A+ launched a partnership with two Pasadena ISD middle schools to strengthen family and community engagement. 

This video, produced for the initiative by FACE Consultants, features the inspiring story of a college student propelled to success by her parents' deep and persistent engagement in her education.

Ketsy's Path to College
Spanish with English subtitles

A+ Scholars Campout


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