Language Learning and Cultural Diversity Grants

Following is a list of grants that focus on language learning (English and other languages) and on understanding and appreciating diverse cultures.

TitleDescriptionYearSchools
Japanese Resource Kit Purchased resource kit for study of Japanese culture. 1999-2000
Thai Teacher Exchange Supported teacher exchange program between Thailand and Hopkins schools. 1999-2000 District-wide
International Understanding Through the Arts Due to the tremendous increase in immigrant families – both refugees and hightech/ professional families new to the area – Gatewood School is facing significant language and cultural issues. At the same time this ethnic diversity provides a tremendous teaching opportunity for all students. HEF awarded a grant to develop a program designed to incorporate international artifacts into teaching resources and to create a welcoming atmosphere through display of these artifacts. 1999-2000 Gatewood
Orientation for English Language Learners Funded video to provide orientation for English Language Learners and their families. 2000-2001 Gatewood
Student Council Cultural Diversity Supported the Student Council Cultural Activities Committee’s events to broaden awareness of cultural diversity. 2001-2002 NJH
English Language Learner Boost Created a pilot program to provide additional basic reading instruction for English Language Learners 2001-2002 Meadowbrook
Readers' Workshop Granted funds to continue the Reading Workshop program for Grades 5 and 6 providing a week-long concentrated reading intervention aimed at English Language Learner (ELL) students and others who struggle with reading. 2002-2003 Meadowbrook
Africa Residencey Funded a grant to provide the two-week residency, Africa to America, in each school for fourth grade students. Taught by Soli Hughes, students are actively engaged in the learning of the Afro-American experience with the goal of increasing understanding and embracing different lifestyles and traditions. 2004-2005 Alice Smith, Katherine Curren
Basic Spanish Skills for Teachers Provided funding for basic Spanish Language skills class sessions for 40 teachers to learn the Spanish vocabulary, grammar, conversation and cultural awareness they need to communicate effectively with students and their families in the school setting. 2004-2005 District-wide
Chinese Immersion: Staff Development for a World-class Program To provide a solid staff development and curricular foundation for the new Chinese immersion magnet program this grant provides for external guidance on curriculum development and staff development for the first year immersion kindergarten teachers. 2006-2007 Eisenhower and XinXing
Language Learning Through Laptops This pilot program further enriches the 4th grade One-to-One Laptop Program. Using an online world language program, Rosetta StoneTM, students learn Spanish at their own pace and can take their laptops home at night to complete activities with their families. 2007-2008 Glen Lake
Meadowbrook Culture Club Funds from this grant re-establish the Meadowbrook Culture Club, which hosts 3 all-school multi-cultural events. 2008-2009 Meadowbrook
English Language Learners: Family Advisory Committee This pilot program helps create a more equitable home/school partnership by building relationships with ELL families and fostering increased communication with the families and our community. 2008-2009 HHS
Kindergarten ELL Literacy Pack Using Leapfrog Fridge Phonics magnetic sets, DVD’s, card games and writing practice workbooks, pre-kindergarten English language learners build their basic literacy skills at home with their families in order to better prepare them for kindergarten reading instruction. 2009-2010 Eisenhower
Roll 'Em -- Video Cameras for Language Assessment Small groups of world language students can now easily record their conversations with Flip cameras. Read more 2011-2012 HHS
Making College a Reality for English Language Learners This innovative parent involvement program works with families of English Language Learners to explain the college process and help families better prepare their students. Read more 2011-2012 HHS, NJH
Leamos -- Let's Read Purchase 200 Spanish books for the North Junior High library. Read more 2012-2013 NJH
Technology Links to Language Learners iPads to accelerate English language learning. Read more 2012-2013 Tanglen
Responsive Classroom in XinXing Academy Chinese translation of Responsive Classroom materials. Read more 2012-2013 XinXing
Young Authors Publishing Project English Language Learners, with the help of their families, will use cameras to create books that share their favorite cultural traditions, holidays and festivals. Read more 2014-2015 Gatewood
Spanish Language and Culture Comes to Life Students create and perform a Spanish play around the theme of peace. Read more 2014-2015 Alice Smith, Meadowbrook
Spanish Model United Nations Juntos students at NJH will participate in yearlong curriculum exploring global problems and culminating in a Model UN, all conducted in Spanish. Read more 2014-2015 NJH
Mindsets for Parents This grant, in conjunction with a donation from Flipgrid, will produce a series of short videos in multiple languages, all designed to share information and build relationships with parents who do not have the flexibility to attend school functions and interact with staff. Read more 2016-2017 Tanglen
Chinese Culture Residency Chinese-speaking artists-in-residence will teach traditional dancing, singing, and gong fu (martial arts) to students in Kindergarten through grade four all winter, culminating in the spectacular performance of Lunar New Year on February 21, 2017. Read more 2016-2017 XinXing


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