Educational Institutions

Houston A+ Challenge

  • Houston, TX
  • www.houstonaplus.org

Mission Statement

To be a catalyst for change and a model for innovation in education in the Houston area and beyond, to ensure that every student is prepared for post-secondary success.

Main Programs

  1. Leadership Academy
  2. Challenge Network
  3. Gulf Coast PASS
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Serving the Greater Houston Area

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mr. Scott Van Beck

Keywords

Self-reported

raising student achievement, quality teaching, leadership, urban public school reform

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Also Known As

Houston A+ Challenge

EIN

76-0513493

 Number

0805890482

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Houston A+ Challenge serves as a catalyst for positive school transformation in our region, playing a role that's one of a kind. A+ coaches work in public schools to help teachers and school leaders adopt more effective practices and create more rigorous experiences for all children. We also launch innovative projects to help Houston stay on the forefront of national trends and build multi-district networks for educators to share ideas between traditional schools, high-performing charters and higher education systems. Additionally, we engage the public in school transformation by publishing white papers and advocating for better education policies at the state and local level, and by bringing national thought leaders to Houston for free lectures and educator conferences.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Leadership Academy

Since 1999, Houston A+ Challenge leadership academies have strengthened the skills and knowledge of more than 300 school leaders in districts throughout the greater Houston region.The primary objective of our Middle School Leadership Academy is to develop the capacity of school principals and leadership teams to advance student post-secondary success.Through our intensive program, we offer individualized coaching, network support and tactical guidance to seated middle school principals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 2

Challenge Network

The Challenge Network has four main project goals:

Increase the achievement and college readiness of targeted middle school students
Improve teacher practice and capacity through hands-on coaching and targeted, customized professional development for teachers and principals
Increase student achievement for all students in the targeted cohort grades
Sustain gains at each campus beyond the first two years of engagement

 At each Challenge Network school, A+ works with teachers to identify the cohort students who are considered “proficient” but are not excelling.  The goal is to move these A+ Scholars up to commended levels within two years, while simultaneously improving instruction for students at all levels. Students and families also receive information on pathways to college – such as preparing for and choosing the best high school coursework and learning about the SATs – as well as invitations to special events such as college visits.All schools in the Challenge Network implement six common program components:

Baseline analysis of student data
Targeted collaboration among teachers and schools
Performance coaching to improve teaching and learning
Continuour Assessment FOR LEarning
Family education, engagement and advocacy
Extra instructional time and support to meet higher standards

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 3

Gulf Coast PASS

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Other Minorities

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$300,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Serving the Greater Houston Area

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Financials

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Houston A Challenge
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Houston A+ Challenge

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Scott Van Beck

BIO

Scott A. Van Beck is a 23-year veteran of Houston ISD, having served as a teacher, a principal and most recently, West Region Superintendent from 2005 to 2007. As superintendent, Scott was responsible for 60 elementary and secondary schools, 3,200 teachers and 54,000 students. From 1999 to 2005, he served as principal for Revere Middle School, which was awarded the Annenberg Lamplighter Grant from Houston A+ Challenge, and principal for Westside High School, which during his tenure was rated as "TEA Recognized" and ranked in the top 20 Advanced Placement Programs by the College Board.  Scott also has served as a coach and mentor for area principals through Houston A+ Challenge's New Visions in Leadership Academy. He serves on the board of directors of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, and is the Vice-President of Making It Better, a non-profit committed to improving afterschool programs in West Houston. Scott is a native Iowan; he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Iowa, and Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Houston.  He has been married for more than 24 years to his wife Sarah, and is father to four native Texans – Wesley, Helen, Sam, and Neil.  In his spare time, he referees high school basketball games.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Rod Paige

U.S. Secretary of Education 2001-2005

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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