Grants to Canada Nonprofits to Promote Minority Language Education

Grants to Canada Nonprofits to Promote Education in
Canada’s Minority Languages

Attention! Canadian grants offered to nonprofits to promote education in minority languages!  If you work with a nonprofit, or know of one, applications are due by October 30, 2015.

Grants to Canada nonprofits for programs and projects that support minority language education for Canada’s two minority language communities. Eligible projects and programs serve more than one province or territory and have an impact on all or a si…

GrantWatch ID#: 160837

Family Night: ESOL event celebrates diversity, welcomes parents

Have a look at how this school celebrates diversity! Here is part of the article content:

ESOL is a core instructional program that assists students who have been identified as English language learners from Pre-K through 12th grades.

Family Night included performances, food, songs and music. The event provided an opportunity for ESOL teachers to discuss their goals with students, parents and staff.

“It is my hope that the ESOL Academy will help our school learn additional strategies for teachers to effectively engage academy participants in the teaching and learning process,” said Hayward Jean, Mellichamp Elementary School principal.

“My goal is to help our English language learners to become academically and linguistically proficient,” Deena Fogle, Mellichamp Elementary ESOL teacher, said.

ESOL parents also commended the program for the results it has had on their children’s language development.

Read the entire article here: http://thetandd.com/news/family-night-esol-event-celebrates-diversity-weclomes-parents/article_e25dec63-844f-54bf-a258-2d08919bc0d7.html

Gratitude expressed for saving minority language, culture, identity

Here is an article on saving a minority language, culture and identity. What has been done to value, celebrate and preserve your language?

Diversifying the Teaching Force

U.S. schools continue to struggle to diversify the teaching force. Teachers representing various backgrounds bring greater diversity to the classroom and connect with children of various backgrounds as well.  However, the teaching force still remains predominantly mono-cultural. One researcher from Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education says that the issue is not attended to until a crisis occurs, such as the retirement of minority teachers. Further difficulties stem from a shortage of minority students entering education programs. See the full article here.

Preparing teachers to work with culturally diverse students and their families

Harvard Family Research Project has an informative and in-depth blog about preparing teachers to work with culturally diverse students and their families. The most recent entry discusses the need to build on the knowledge learners bring to the classroom. Author Sherick Hughes discusses teachers’ need to understand the histories and lived experiences of families of their students in order to utilize what he calls diversity capital,  or “teaching skills that breed high educational performance by bridging the gaps that separate school and home.” Read his full post here.