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TWU Receives Meadows Foundation Grant

7/9/04


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will use a $25,000 matching grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas to teach Spanish to teachers in six area school districts.

Teachers, administrators and support staff in the Denton, Lewisville, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Irving, Sanger and McKinney school districts will take Command Spanish® classes in the fall so they can better interact with Spanish-speaking students and their parents. Command Spanish® is a Spanish for the workplace course. The training includes words and phrases that are most commonly used in a specific profession, such as health care professions, education, construction and law enforcement. Typically, students complete the course in two days.

"The ability of teachers to communicate with their students is a key factor in successful learning," said Meadows Foundation President and CEO Linda Evans. "With an increasing number of Texas students who speak English as a second language, the ability of teachers to speak Spanish will be a valuable tool in helping these young people stay in school and achieve academic proficiency. We are pleased that the Meadows Foundation can assist the university in expanding this important program."

Some teachers in Denton, Irving and Sanger ISDs already have completed the course and gave it high marks. “The course was just what our staff needed to begin communicating with students and parents on a daily basis,” said Anthony Sims, principal of Calhoun Middle School in Denton ISD. “It’s a course that can be used to communicate the very next day after the class.”

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. Foundation grants support work in the fields of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health and human services. The foundation also has a particular interest in three areas: public education, particularly in the areas of early child development, enhanced reading skills and teacher preparation; mental health and the environment.

For information about Command Spanish®, contact the TWU Office of Lifelong Learning at (940) 898-3408.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu