Curriculum plays key role for schools, districts refreshing brands in school choice era

educationdive | April 10, 2019

The Dallas Independent School District is working to bring students lost to charter and private schools back through its doors with a focus on academic innovation, including programs that give individual schools specific STEAM (science, technology engineering, arts and mathematics) curriculum focuses, EdScoop reports.The push — launched three years ago and shepherded by the district’s deputy chief of transportation and innovation, Angie Gaylord — is set to include all 230 schools in the district, with "innovation" schools simply getting academic overhauls and "transformation" schools getting new buildings, principals and curricular focuses. Some of the specialized academic focuses include a project-based learning high school built around architecture, urban planning and environmental science, while a middle school in the district is now centered around robotics, technology and collaboration. Gaylord also told EdScoop the specialized focuses don't limit student opportunities, but rather improve the amount of passion and relevance in educators' lesson plans.

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