Apollo 20 Fellow of the Month - January 2016This year Apollo 20 Fellow Recruitment Team would like to recognize Apollo 20 Fellows who have gone above and beyond to serve the needs of students.
This Month’s Apollo 20 Fellows of the Month are:
- Elena Osesueda- Tinsley ES
- Estefany Gonzalez- Holland MS
- Raval Mahendra- Waltrip HS
Thank you to our Fellows of the Month for all of your hard work!!!!!
The Apollo 20 Fellows Program is a service opportunity that places passionate full-time tutors in schools across HISD.
The program is designed to expand educational opportunities for students in Houston's most high-need schools through intensive small-group tutoring in math. Fellows work to meet the unique learning needs of each child through lessons that bridge academic gaps and grow students' confidence.
As fellows challenge students to reach big goals, they also challenge themselves to strengthen communication, critical thinking, and management skills. Most importantly, fellows ensure every child knows the endless opportunities that exist for their lives.
Our StoryThe Apollo 20 Program is a bold initiative to transform public education in Houston and improve the academic achievement of all students. HISD’s partner in the Apollo 20 Program, Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory, identified best practices and strategies from successful public and charter schools across the nation to implement in HISD.The program launched in four high schools and five middle schools at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. Midway through the year, high school students had posted 26 to 41 percentage point gains in math. In addition, students' attendance rates at Apollo 20 campusesgrew, while the number of disciplinary suspensions declined. The program soon expanded to include elementary schools.One of the five strategies executed in the school turnaround design was in-school tutoring, thus the birth of Apollo 20 Fellows.Since its inception, Apollo 20 Fellows have spread beyond the initial 20 campuses in the program with promising results. Currently there are more than 300 fellows working at 28 different campuses across Houston.