History & Background
A+ has been working to strengthen, innovate, and connect the work of public schools in the Houston area since 1997.
Over the past 21 years, 200+ public schools in 20 Houston-area districts have partnered with A+ to build capacity. 16,000+ teachers and school leaders have strengthened skills and knowledge through A+ programs. 300,000+ students are served by stronger teachers & school leaders.
- Windham School District partners with A+ Coaches and executives to create professional learning communities across the state of Texas. Coaching and professional development expand to include 52 schools in 14 districts.
- Texas Education Agency approves charter for A+UP middle school; A+ UP expands to include two campuses, Museum District and near the University of Houston. Boeing awards grant for personalized learning with Veterans; Houston A+ Challenge partners with NextOp.
- Customized coaching expands professional learning opportunities to 28 schools across 11 districts.
- Responding to demand from partner school leaders, A+ expands professional learning opportunities to include a more flexible menu of workshops, academies, and customized coaching.
- Houston A+ Challenge launches A+UP mobile middle school; speaker series includes first international experts, drawing more than 1,200 attendees.
- Challenge Network expands to 18 schools across 9 districts.
- A+ partners with The Houston Endowment, The University of Texas – Austin, and the Institute for Evidence-Based Change to launch Gulf Coast PASS, connecting high schools and community colleges to increase rates of postsecondary study and completion.
- Houston A+ Challenge partners with five local school districts, Region 4 and Communities In Schools to launch The Challenge Network, a new initiative aimed at significantly increasing the number of students who are not just “proficient”, but who are truly on track to achieve post-secondary success. Teachers and school leadersRead More...
- Houston A+ Challenge Board of Trustees approves new mission, vision and strategic plan to work in targeted schools and districts to improve student post-secondary readiness.
- 10 schools and two districts awarded A+ grants totaling $487,000 to innovate and replicate promising practices in literacy, math and fine arts; A+ launches new academy to recruit, prepare and support new principals for the region’s struggling secondary schools.