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Grants

Grants

Community Arts Connection (CAC) After-School Program


The Community Arts Connection (CAC) After-School Program at Windham Heights provides personalized learning, developing relationships, ongoing assessment, and developing authentic opportunities to reinforce academic skills. The program serves 50 children in grades 1-5 and their families. Through our collaboration with the Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Magnet School, we use the arts as a motivating vehicle to support English Language Arts, math, science and social studies through integrated lessons and projects.

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Interdistrict Grants


In collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and local school districts, EASTCONN has been coordinating Interdistrict Grants for over 10 years. Our grants have allowed us to serve more than 1,200 students from over 30 partner towns in northeastern Connecticut and in Hartford. The interdisciplinary grants allow students to engage with culturally diverse peers through guided activities. The Interdistrict Grants encompass five individual grants: America’s Mosaic, Farming Land and Sea, Mindful Transformations, Faces of Culture and Forensic Detectives.

America's Mosaic


How do our individual cultures, traditions, histories and beliefs inform how we view the world and our part in it? What can we do to be courageous and kind global citizens? America’s Mosaic brings together culturally and economically diverse students in grades 7-8 from different school districts to help answer these pertinent questions and, in the process, create a more diverse and culturally competent community of learners. This grant improves students’ cultural competence and promotes positive relationships through a series of experiential exercises.

Farming Our Land & Sea


Students enrolled in Farming Our Land & Sea investigate how food is raised, processed, and consumed across the globe – and what that reveals about cultures, economies, human settlement, migration, and changing world views. Students explore new concepts, and engage in scientific exploration of the food cycle – from growth, production, and distribution to putting the family meal on the table. Farming Our Land & Sea promotes cultural competencies among young learners through a complement of experiential activities and a series of mindful practices geared towards developing social and emotional understanding and regulation in the self and others.

Mindful Transformations


Mindful Transformations brings together culturally and economically diverse students in grade 4 from different school districts. Activities and workshops help participants develop resources in self-understanding, acceptance, communication and goal setting. Students’ cultural understanding expands through a complement of experiential activities and mindful practices geared toward developing social and emotional understanding and regulation in the self and others.

Faces of Culture


Faces of Culture brings together culturally and economically diverse students in grade 5 from Brooklyn, Griswold, Hebron, Hartford, Putnam and Windham Public Schools who have had little opportunity to engage with culturally diverse peers. Prejudice and misperceptions tend to grow in children who have limited interactions with kids from cultures and ethnicities different from their own. The ability to engage with diverse peers and to broaden understanding and respect for others is paramount for individual growth and community success in the 21st Century. Students explore the many peoples and cultures that make up our nation through a hands-on, minds-on exploration of their culture specific arts. The program offers students a window into the world of diverse peoples and their cultures through their many forms of artistic expression.

Forensic Detectives


Forensic Detectives brings together culturally and economically diverse students from different school districts to work together to develop scientific inquiry skills and improve their knowledge in targeted academic standards while learning to use technology tools to solve a series of simulated investigations. Students also incorporate mindful practices into their learning and interactions to improve their self-regulation and group participation skills when working independently and within groups. Forensic Detectives improves students’ cultural competence and promotes positive relationships through a series of experiential exercises. These encourage teamwork, positive communication and problem-solving skills. Students learn to appreciate the value of different perspectives and establish meaningful relationships that extend beyond their classrooms and school communities.

For more information about the Interdistrict Grants Program, please contact:

Esther Soffer
Esther Soffer
Interdistrict Grant Facilitator
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860-455-1577
Stephanie White
Stephanie White
Inderdistrict Grant Facilitator
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860-455-1556

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