Dallas Education Foundation receives $200,000 grant from USAA to advance racial equality

The Dallas Education Foundation has received a $200,000 grant to help advance racial equality in Dallas ISD schools. The grant will go towards funding Actively Learn, a highly flexible, pedagogically-sound, cross-curricular platform for grades 6-12 at the Model of Excellence campuses in Dallas ISD for the next three years.

Through this generous grant, Actively Learn will be used to drive student and teacher engagement with culturally relevant, digital content across grade levels and subject areas including English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

“The Model of Excellence was established to support the students of seven secondary Dallas ISD campuses in the pursuit of creating endless possibilities for all students and especially those whose race, ethnic group or culture has been historically marginalized,” said Mita Havlick, Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation. “The grant will offer our students, of whom 93 percent are economically challenged, curriculum and lessons that are culturally relevant and rigorous.”

Executive Director Tracie Washington, who oversees the campuses, says emphatically, “We will be the Model of Excellence for the nation through an unwavering commitment to transformational leadership, exemplary teaching and radical hospitality that ensures every scholar has endless possibilities.”

USAA announced a three-year, $50 million commitment in October to help improve racial equality and positively address the employment, educational and economic disparities that exist within communities of color and low-income military communities.

”The USAA team is very passionate about working to build opportunity and equity in our communities through education and learning,” said Michael Parks, regional vice president at USAA in Plano. “USAA has profound respect for the work that the Dallas Education Foundation does to advance learning opportunities for Black and Hispanic students so that they have equitable access to growing career opportunities in the Dallas area.”