Holland Middle School

Instructional Coaching and Formative Assessments with A+

"The support provided by Houston A+ Challenge in the forms of Instructional Coaching and Formative Assessment creation allowed our Math department, teeming with brand new teachers, to truly focus on alignment of support and content knowledge of our teachers. The increase in STAAR performance we achieved this year is palpable evidence of the value gained this year with this partnership."

Samyra Rogers

Assistant Principal

Holland Middle School, HISD

Central Media Arts Academy

Raising the Bar and Improving Communication

"Our success this year was dependent on many things, some of which are as follows. Lots of celebrations and appreciation. Weekly communication to create inclusion and collaboration. Overcommunication. Authenticity. High expectations. One-on-ones with teachers and staff, and with student leaders twice a year. Revolving door of resources that are effective for departments. Continuing teacher education and coaching with Houston A+ Challenge."

Monique Lewis


Central Media Arts Academy, GISD

More Success Stories

Andrea Roberts

Reading Instructional Coach

Smith Middle School

Beaumont ISD

This year was my second year participating in the Houston A+ Challenge and Jen is amazing. She always comes with new and relevant tips that will benefit the coaches as we coach the teachers. The role playing and interaction with our peers has helped increase my effectiveness as a coach.

LaKesha Boyd

4th Grade ELA

Franz Elementary School

Katy ISD

Erica Milson was a great help asset to me as a writing teacher this year. Each year I often struggle with knowing exactly what to focus on, so that at the end of year on STAAR I would get the most out of my students for the test. She would come weekly and help me assess student data from assessments as well as student writing to see where they were. She never left me without feedback or tips for what to focus on with their Revise and Editing or to make their writing flow. Thanks, Erica, for all that you did to help me grow this year as a teacher, and to grow my students.

Kathy Richardson

Math Teacher

A+ Partner School

My coach has helped me to create the environment in the classroom.  The language we’re using, the strategies I’m showing, it’s a lot of things, all of it empowering the students to lead their own learning.