ICLRT Projects

Ivannia Soto HinmanWhittier College Professor Awarded $120,000 Grant from the California Community Foundation

The two year grant will launch the Institute for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching

Whittier College Associate Professor of Education Ivannia Soto Hinman has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the California Community Foundation (CCF) to assist with the launch of the Institute for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching (ICLRT) and piloting new tools for English Language Learners (ELLs.)

The two-year grant will fund the launch of the Institute whose mission it is to promote relevant research and develop academic resources for ELLs and Standard English Learners (SELs) via linguistically and culturally responsive teaching practices. ICLRT will also provide research-based and practitioner-oriented professional development services, tools, and resources for K-12 systems and teacher education programs serving ELLs and SELs.

The grant partner district, Whittier City School District (WCSD), will also support the piloting of new tools such as an app and a teacher recognition process with ELLs. Three target schools Phelan, Sorensen, and West Whittier Elementary Schools have been selected to receive specialized professional development services due to their high number of ELLs. Although ELLs represent 20% of the overall student population in WCSD, the three target schools serve between 30-57% ELLs.

The California Community Foundation stewards more than $1.4 billion in total assets and manages nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. CCF supports organizations that tackle issues in education, health care, housing and economic opportunity, civic engagement and the arts.  “The CCF board approved this grant because ICLRT’s mission-critical work fits with CCF’s work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said CCF Senior Program Officer Peter Rivera.