The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $1.165 million grant to Loyola Marymount University’s Family of Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District to show teachers how to incorporate ethnic culture and visual arts into elementary school lessons, it was announced Friday.

The award supports a partnership between the LAUSD’s Educational Services Center West and the Family of Schools, an effort by LMU to promote educational equity. It has 13 public and private school partners.

Over the four-year course of the grant, a team of LMU faculty members who specialize in elementary education and ethnic studies will join a group of artists and art educators to train teachers at a half-dozen LAUSD elementary schools.

The program will concentrate on ways for the educators to integrate black and Latino history, culture and art with the various subjects they teach.

The grant includes training stipends and art materials to help teachers create classroom projects.

City News Service

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