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 Description Year Schools
Japanese Resource Kit Purchased resource kit for study of Japanese culture. 1999-2000 Gatewood
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 Katherine Curren
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
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
Latino Youth Group An after-school program for Latino youth will be offered next winter and spring to foster leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills in a comfortable peer group setting. Read more. 2016-2017 Community Ed
Green Card Voices Green Card Voices is a digital storytelling project to build bridges and understanding between people by sharing interesting first-hand stories and videos of family, hard work, and cultural diversity. Learn more. 2016-2017 NJH, WJH
Sixth Grade Mosaic Much more than a fun art project, the Mosaic Mural at Alice Smith will represent each of the 90 sixth graders’ diverse cultures, talents and dreams. The mural is a lesson in empowerment, teamwork and community building, with students taking the lead in planning and managing the project. Learn more. 2016-2017 Alice Smith
¡A Bailar! Latin Dance Club Salsa! Merengue! Cumbia! HEF will fund a residency conducted by professional Latin dancers Yeniel Chini Perez and Hanna Kuluvar Esparza. They will teach some of the most popular dances of the Spanish-speaking world in this after school club. Read more. 2017-2018 HHS, NJH, WJH
Flamenco for FLES Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre residency is coming to Eisenhower’s FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School). Grades K-4 will experience Ta Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro, the one-of-a-kind flamenco puppet theater performance geared for children. Read more. 2019-2020 Eisenhower
Glen Lake Go! Place-based learning and out of school experiences are part of a vigorous re-imagining of the best way to educate our children. Glen Lake’s first and second grade teams will pilot this lab prototype of frequent educational ‘field trips’ into the real world. Read more. 2019-2020 Glen Lake
La Oportunidad La Oportunidad’s Young Professionals is a 15-session weekly afterschool curriculum focused on educating and empowering Latino/a young people. Taught through a cultural lens, it focuses on career opportunities, developing skills for higher education and/or the workplace, the practical aspects of applying to post-secondary ed and finding the funds to pay for it. Read more. 2019-2020 HHS
Kandama Club The ancient Japanese game of Kendama builds tools for transforming failure and adversity into opportunities to learn and grow. The club is bringing in an inspirational speaker from the Kendama Institute of Minneapolis to present at a West Junior High school assembly, as well as offer twenty hours of afterschool instruction in the techniques and tricks of the game. Read more 2019-2020 WJH
Poet in Residence Poetry is a creative way for students to express themselves. Through this poetry residency, fourth and fifth grade students will receive guidance from a published poet, and learn to communicate their thoughts and feelings through poetry. Learn more. 2019-2020 Xin-Xing
VariQuest Design Center This wonderful tool is much more than a time saver for creating beautiful bulletin board displays. VariQuest Design Center quickly “cuts out” visual and kinesthetic learning tools and manipulatives from heavy-duty re-usable vinyl.At-home kits can be created for reinforcement and fun.Learn more 2020-2021 Alice Smith
Hmong Family Outreach This grant will compensate interpreter Panou Xiong for up to ten additional hours per week for the rest of the school year, and five hours per week during the ten weeks of summer. The goal is to overcome significant barriers Hmong children experience with distance learning. 2020-2021 Tanglen
'Learner Profile' Book of the Month Club This Book of the Month Club is for all 850 Eisenhower K-6 students on the school’s three learning pathways: Community School, XinXing Academy and Juntos Spanish Immersion. It benefits the larger goal of fostering internationally minded young people who recognize the common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, and who help to create a better and more peaceful world. Learn more 2021-2022 Eisenhower, XinXing, Juntos
Beautiful Education This program builds a historical understanding of hair culture and teaches time management, preparation, basic hygiene etiquette, and experiential learning while being professionally taught and supervised with skill-based learning. 2021-2022 HHS, NJH, WJh
Jazz Cooks! This grants provides a jazz instructor from the MacPhail Center weekly for a school year to teach student musicians jazz ensemble skills, including Black American history, improvisation and performance practices. Learn more. 2021-2022 HHS
Literacy Centers for First Grade This grant provides Spanish literacy resources for our Juntos classrooms to strengthen our young scholars' foundational literacy skills specific to Spanish. Learn more. 2021-2022 Eisenhower, Juntos

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