On Friday, 20 Dallas ISD schools — including Marsalis Elementary — got extremely exciting news: They had been chosen for a $50,000 innovation grant that would allow them to start new programs and utilize new education models.
We first told readers about the Innovation Engine Grant Program last month, when the district announced it was accepting applications from schools. The grant, which was specifically for neighborhood schools, allowed the Office of Transformation and Innovation to choose 20 schools to receive the seed money for their programs.
Marsalis Elementary, which will explore STEAM instruction programs, also just recently added a debate team for its fifth-graders after becoming one of 16 schools selected to pilot the new elementary debate program. (more…)