Strengthening Schools & Educators

Houston A+ Challenge offers Houston-area teachers & school leaders a wide range of professional learning opportunities that strengthen instruction, school culture, family engagement, technology integration, and more.

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Workshops

Professional learning workshops that help teachers, coaches & specialists drive gains through research-supported best practices.

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Academies

Monthly working groups that create space for netoworking & problem-solving with peers from around Greater Houston.

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Campuses

On-site coaching, workshops, & more – customized support for real academic growth.

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Stronger Educators, Stronger Students

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schools have partnered with A+ this year for customized, onsite coaching & workshops

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educators participated in A+ professional learning in 2013-14

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of participants agree that A+ workshops will change their work for the better

A History of Results

Houston A+ Challenge is among the most respected school consultants in greater Houston. Nearly 20 years of experience working with Houston educators, incubating innovative ideas, and learning from experts informs our work.  A+ engages teachers and leaders as partners, coaching shoulder-to-shoulder to get results.  An independent analysis by researchers at the University of Houston confirms that, through A+ coaching, teachers and leaders “increase their knowledge, change skill sets, and gain understandings about students and their needs” – and that “educators are changing as a result of coaching.”

“Educators are changing as a result of coaching.”

-Independent analysis of A+ professional development data, 2010-14, by University of Houston
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Melissa Ford, Olle Middle School, Alief ISD

Gwynne Grohmann, A+ Coach

“They love reading so much, they’re not doing their chores. They get in trouble for reading. How awesome is that??”

Melissa’s Story

Sean Plaskett,, Math Teacher, KIPP Polaris Academy

Sean Plaskett, KIPP Polaris Academy

Dana Vontoure, A+ Coach

“Students deserve a teacher who knows how to teach everything, not just the stuff he’s good at.”

Sean’s Story

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Shelby Powers, KIPP Spirit College Prep

Jen Maschek, A+ Coach

“It’s not ‘This is what you need to do.’ It’s ‘What can we work on together?'”

Shelby’s Story

Meet Jen, and the rest of the A+ coaching team at our Staff Page. Go

Our Approach: G.R.E.A.T. Personalized Learning 

Houston A+ Challenge coaches help educators achieve greater learning in reading, writing and problem-solving.  Drawing upon nearly 20 years of experience working with Houston educators, incubating innovative ideas, and learning from the experts, our framework for stronger schools and teachers – G.R.E.A.T. Personalized Learning – guides educators to build classroom community, strengthen student engagement and ownership, prioritize relationships, and incorporate online and community resources.

G is for GROWTH.
R is for RELATIONSHIPS.
E is for EMPOWERMENT.
A is for ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.
T is for TECHNOLOGY.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING is the future of education.