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UW-Madison's Prasad helps secure grant supporting multilingual learning

April 25, 2017

UW-Madison's Gail Prasad helped secure a new grant for Thoreau Elementary School to design and implement Multilingual Project Based Learning for the 2017-18 school year.

Gail Prasad
Prasad is an expert in bilingual education and is a faculty member with the School of Education's No 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The grant supporting the Multilingual Project Based Learning is worth $15,104 for the 2017-18 school year, and will support multilingual projects across all grade levels. The grant is funded by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools in partnership with the Evjue Foundation. Prasad applied for the grant with Kathy Costello, the principal at Thoreau Elementary School, and Amanda Clarahan, a teacher. 

Multilingual Project Based Learning is designed as a strategy to build social understanding and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity across the curriculum. There are 22 different home languages spoken at Thoreau, and these efforts aim to raise the awareness of both teachers and students of the value of linguistic diversity in their school. 

Thoreau has hired the Madison Metropolitan School District's first multilingual education teacher, who will partner with Prasad to facilitate this work.

Madison Schools Foundation Award
Kathy Costello, the principal at Thoreau Elementary School, receives the grant award from the
Foundation for Madison's Public Schools.


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