Twenty Dallas ISD schools each receive $50,000 in seed money to pursue innovative ideas

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Twenty Dallas ISD neighborhood schools each received $50,000 in seed money to pursue innovative ideas that will increase school choice in families’ backyards.

This year’s selected schools are looking to redesign the traditional school model, with a focus on joy and the overall well being of the learners in schools. Some campuses are also pursuing futuristic innovation strategies such as virtual reality.

“We are thrilled to support these neighborhood schools in their journey to innovate,” said Shakeatha Butler, director of the Office of Transformation and Innovation.

The Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation launched the Innovation Engine Grant program in 2019 as a way to further support neighborhood schools and increase school choice. This week OTI notified the 20 campuses selected for an Innovation Engine Grant, bringing banners and a socially distanced celebration to the neighborhood schools.

The selected schools can use the funding in a variety of ways to support innovation on their campus.

  • Seagoville High School – Sustainable Gardens
  • Lang Middle School – House Systems w/ Visual and Performing Arts
  • Atwell Middle School – Real World Problem Solving w/ Virtual Reality
  • Allen Elementary School – Project Based Learning Exploration
  • N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center – STEM
  • Kiest Elementary School – Leadership
  • Knight Elementary School – Leadership
  • May Elementary School – STEM
  • Mockingbird Elementary School – Garden Outdoor Classroom
  • Mount Auburn Elementary School – STEAM
  • Pease Elementary School – Entrepreneurship
  • Reinhardt Elementary School – Personalized Learning
  • Rhoads Early Childhood Center- STEAM
  • Saldivar Elementary School – Outdoor Science Learning Spaces
  • Seagoville North Elementary School – Outdoor Science Learning Spaces
  • Tatum Elementary School – Visible Learning
  • Tolbert Elementary School – STEM
  • Truett Elementary School – Leadership
  • Webster Elementary School – Computer Science
  • Young Elementary School – Visual and Performing Arts
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