Thomas Edison State University received a $47,240 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation to support its New Jersey Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Institute and Mentoring Program, based in The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community in central New Jersey. It also helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits.
Thomas Edison State University says the funding will support the program’s mentoring component for 24 teachers in the Trenton Public School district who will receive formal cultural competency training and monthly mentoring thereafter. It will teach theory and best practices in cultural competency; first and second language acquisition and English learning strategies; model best practices through simulations; and equip teachers to use culture and language as tools in developing their students’ positive cultural identity and self-esteem.
The English Language Learners Institute Program is in its 13th year and has been receiving ongoing support through the Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grants program, which funds organizations whose initiatives transform the lives of low-income individuals, families and communities. This year’s grant is from the 2019 Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grants and the Burke Foundation Legacy Grants program.
Since its launch in 2007, the English Language Learners Institute Program has provided professional development and mentoring to 290 early childhood and elementary school educators in 158 classrooms in 99 schools throughout New Jersey.