Thank you to the Olentangy Education Foundation for providing grants to support our teachers in their diversity initiatives. Each year, the Foundation accepts applications from any staff member within the district wishing to enhance education programs. The Foundation evaluates all applications and recommends the proposals that best reflect innovative programs to enhance the academic excellence in Olentangy Schools. Below are the grants written by and awarded to teachers to support their diversity efforts within the district. Learn more about the OEF grant program.
Bringing Diverse Books to Alum Creek
This grant provides funds to build a collection of diverse books for student and teacher access at Alum Creek Elementary. The goal is to provide as many diverse texts for students so that they can connect themselves to their own culture and allow them to gain positive experiences and make connections with others. This will encourage respect and empathy towards others and prepare students to be global citizens.
Diverse Books for Social Studies
Using diverse picture books to reinforce the concepts in 4th grade social studies is key to helping students understand different perspectives. It's more important than ever for students to show empathy, awareness, respect, and acceptance for all people past and present in Ohio.
Reading Diverse Texts to Take Action
Glen Oak plans to use culturally diverse texts through interactive read alouds to provide spaces for students to see their identities celebrated, to learn about other identities, and to take action in our school and community. These books will be used within our newly founded Diversity Club. Additionally, we plan to develop lesson plans for each of these books in conjunction with educators. These plans will then be entered into a database for all building educators to use.
5th Grade Multicultural Book Club
Multicultural book clubs let students experience through literature and discuss the struggles of other people. Multicultural education explores histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds. Students will also learn about social injustices by looking into the lives of others and seeing things when they are not fair or where injustices exist.
Many Voices Diverse Classroom Library
More than ever, it is important for students to see themselves in the story of our shared past. In the social studies classroom, the shift has already begun to move toward a more inclusive conversation about curriculum; however, this is just the first step. Having a classroom library filled with books that focus on the stories of marginalized Americans will assist in bridging the gap with students, providing them an opportunity for additional exploration of the robust narrative of all people. It is a simple way to start conversations and help all students feel included.
One Community Keynote Speaker
These funds will be used to secure a speaker for the One Community Conference.