Language Learning and Cultural Diversity Grants

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.

Title Year Description Schools
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
Title Year Description Schools

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