Houston A+ Challenge
Houston, TX 77002-6709
|The Houston Annenberg Challenge (HAC), framed as a Child-Centered Schools Initiative, concentrated upon strengthening the engagement between schools, within a school, and between schools and the community to build capacity at the school level to create better learning environments. The Houston Annenberg Challenge worked with schools on programs that reflect this child-centered focus by concentrating upon the issues of teacher learning, school and class size, and isolation. With the purpose of sustaining reform in the public schools, the Houston Annenberg Challenge invested in a core reform group of Beacon schools to "light the way" to quality school reform for other funded schools. In total, HAC supported school reform efforts in 88 schools within six school districts.
Now known as the Houston A+ Challenge, the organization continues to further its mission to promote high quality education for all children. Through the award of a Schools for a New Society Carnegie grant, the Houston A+ Challenge focuses upon creating small, personalized, and caring high school communities that center upon a career, academic, or thematic topic. In 2002, the Houston Challenge received $30 million in additional funding - $20 million from the Annenberg Foundation and $10 million from the Brown Foundation - to continue its work. Both grants are for five years.
- The Houston A+ Challenge web site offers profiles on its various initiatives as well as general information.
- Publications: Current and archived issues of newsletters are available for download.
- Evaluation: Evaluation reports are available for download from the University of Texas at Austin web site.