As part of its Vision 2031, the District identified key traits for a graduate in 2031, including being global and well-traveled. This means helping English language learners to achieve proficiency while embracing and appreciating their own language and culture. And it means giving students the opportunity for deep learning of a second language. The table below lists grants that HEF has provided to support the District’s goals for language learning and cultural diversity.
Learn more about the range of grants HEF provides across the entire curriculum.
|Japanese Resource Kit||1999-2000||Purchased resource kit for study of Japanese culture.||Gatewood|
|Thai Teacher Exchange||1999-2000||Supported teacher exchange program between Thailand and Hopkins schools.||District-wide|
|International Understanding Through the Arts||1999-2000||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.||Gatewood|
|Orientation for English Language Learners||2000-2001||Funded video to provide orientation for English Language Learners and their families.||Gatewood|
|Student Council Cultural Diversity||2001-2002||Supported the Student Council Cultural Activities Committee’s events to broaden awareness of cultural diversity.||NJH|
|English Language Learner Boost||2001-2002||Created a pilot program to provide additional basic reading instruction for English Language Learners||Meadowbrook|
|Readers' Workshop||2002-2003||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.||Meadowbrook|
|Africa Residencey||2004-2005||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.||Katherine Curren|
|Africa Residencey||2004-2005||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.||Alice Smith|
|Basic Spanish Skills for Teachers||2004-2005||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.||District-wide|