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Something new and innovative is happening in classrooms throughout EPISD, and this time around it has nothing to do with the amazing work our teachers and students do on a daily basis.
No, the classrooms look and feel different thanks to the new desks, chairs and other furniture that has begun to roll into some campuses this week.
The EPISD campuses that are not part of the Bond 2016 school modernization program all qualified to receive new, active-learning furniture from an allocation of more than $5 million to help update classrooms.
The furniture will help teachers enact innovative lesson plans was selected by principals last semester. The chairs and desks facilitates project-based and small-group learning and gives students the option to complete their lessons in settings that look much different than what most adults are used to based on their experiences as school-age children.
Students at Magoffin and Canyon Hills middle schools this week were surprised to come back from a long weekend to find their new desks set up and ready to be used. The desks, which can be easily moved and have dry-erase surfaces, were a hit.
EPISD officials said all Bond 2016 schools also will receive new active-learning furniture as part of the modernization of their campuses.