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 19 years, 180+ public schools in 20 Houston-area districts have partnered with A+ to build capacity. 13,000+ teachers and school leaders have strengthened skills and knowledge through A+ programs. 151,000+ students are served by stronger teachers & school leaders.
- 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.
- ExxonMobil Foundation expands A+ Math Specialist Initiative into four Houston ISD middle schools; Preparing to Dream college access initiative launches in five local districts.
- More than 100 teachers participate in the fourth annual Teacher Externship; A+ hosts series of public forums on school finance; first small, internationally-themed high school opens in Houston ISD with support from Houston A+, Asia Society and HCC.
- Number of teachers trained as Critical Friends Group coaches surpasses 1,000; principals trained through New Visions reaches 200.