Lumin Education has a lot to celebrate. In addition to its 40th anniversary, Dallas’ first public Montessori charter school has received two grants totaling $865,200!
The grant for $565,200 will create over a three-year period a partnership with SMU’s Simmons School of Education. “The project will fund research that will evaluate how the Lumin Education model of starting young, involving parents and offering Montessori education results in improved academic achievement, emotional well being and executive function for its students. The study will build evaluation capacity and provide formative date to Lumin for continuous quality improvement. Where feasible, Lumin students will be compared to other students in the Dallas area.”
The goal? According to Lumin Education Executive Director/Co-Founder Terry N. Ford, “What if we could provide all children with the boost a program like Lumin delivers at an early age— when the impact is the greatest? How would that affect how we approach educating our children and how we fund that education? We think results measured with the rigor of academic oversight can help us initiate new public conversations about education.”
Part Two of the grants is $300,000, which will provide for a new office within Lumin that will help it “develop partnerships with charter, district and private schools in Dallas that serve Grade 3 and beyond.” The new office will also launch partnerships with other early-education providers and supporters to advocate for greater public funding of early education, including not only full day funding for three- and four-year-olds (PreK), but also home visiting and classroom programs for children and parents beginning in pregnancy.”
No thank-you notes will be required, since the grants are provided by a first-time donor, who wishes to remain anonymous.
* Graphic and photo courtesy of Lumin Education