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PVE Non-Profit Grant

Funding Announcement

(Culver City, CA Oct. 15, 2018) Human Assistance and Development International (HADI) has been awarded the PVE Non-Profit Grant offered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The announcement of the award was made on October 12, 2018, via a press release from Cal OES. This pilot will be implemented by The Center for Languages, Arts, & Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad) an initiative of HADI.

BRIGHT – Teacher Training (Balance, Resilience, Integrity, Goodness, Harmony and Tolerance) program seeks to build a training curriculum to help teachers understand all forms of extremist ideologies and will be delivered via a joint collaboration effort with the National Humanities Center (NHC).

The project plans to train 20 teachers in the San Bernardino City Unified School District; and is centered on building middle and high school history and social studies teacher capacity for providing classroom environments that build student understanding and practice around considering multiple perspectives, developing cultural tolerance, civil discourse and critical thinking, as a preventative measure and for building resilience against a cognitive shift that may set the stage for youth radicalization and extreme violence. The program, which focuses on protecting civil rights and privacy, will also introduce participants to support organizations/resources in their direct community and will be informed of ways to collaborate with their school administration to create campus-wide initiatives/projects to prevent targeted violence.


About HADI/CLASSRoad and the NHC:

HADI  is a non-profit organization working for the socio-economic and educational development of people worldwide. CLASSRoad is a valued provider of professional development STARTALK courses since 2007 and has been awarded over $1.5 million in cumulative annual program funds from the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) located at the University of Maryland. CLASSRoad has considerable experience in managing and building online courses and resources for teachers across the nation and can support a sophisticated array of learning tools and instructional methods to build an effective online learning environment.

Now in its 40th year in operation, the National Humanities Center is one of the world’s leading institutes for advanced study and the only independent institution of its kind dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Over the past four decades, the Center has encouraged excellence in scholarship and teaching while constantly affirming the vital importance of the humanities in American life. Millions of visitors each year access the Center’s free online resources, including hundreds of historical documents, literary texts, works of art and teaching tools.

Since 1983, when it first welcomed high school history and literature teachers to participate in seminars led by scholars, the Center has been distinctive among its peers in its commitment to linking scholarship to improved teaching. Teachers and college instructors from across the United States have benefited from in-depth, onsite training at the Center in summer seminars led by distinguished scholars.

In 2008, the Center launched a new online training initiative for teachers and now conducts over numerous webinars, online courses, and workshops throughout the school year on a wide variety of topics in history, literature, and culture. This format allows teachers to directly interact with scholars and other teachers while gaining knowledge and tools for use in the classroom.

For more information contact:

Project Director

Dr. Mahbuba Hammad

[email protected]

Phone: (310) 845-6149

Adventures of a Teenage Polyglot

SOME people pick up a little Hebrew before their bar mitzvahs, or learn Spanish from their mothers, or can speak some Japanese from a semester abroad.

Timothy Doner, 16, is not one of those people. In the fall of 2009, after studying for his bar mitzvah, he decided he wanted to learn modern Hebrew, so he continued with his tutor, engaging in long dialogues about Israeli politics. Then he felt drawn to learn Arabic, so after eighth grade he attended a summer program for college students at Brigham Young University. It took him four days to learn the alphabet, he said, a week to read fluidly.

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