BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — East Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent Sito Narcisse announces the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded East Baton Rouge Schools with a $3.5 million grant.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) will be apart of a 33-month program to develop new custom intervention models, data-tracking, and teacher training for online student learning. The learning gaps resulting from the pandemic increased across the country and research shows the inconsistency in mathematics among minority and economically disadvantaged students.

“One of the greatest struggles our students face begins with their mindset before they walk into the classroom,” said EBRPSS Superintendent Sito Narcisse, Ed.D. “Just the idea of learning math can be a daunting and intimidating prospect for kids who may not have had effective foundational experiences, and many simply have developed an early negative perception and lack of confidence when it comes to greater comprehension as they matriculate through grade levels. This initiative will help us identify those causes and provide sustainable instructional strategies and bolster enthusiasm in math education for the entire country.”

Funding and resources from this program will provide an analysis of digital learning tools and other practices to determine which learning methods aid in successful student engagement. A factor that separated EBRPSS from other districts was the research partnership with Louisiana State University and DreamBox Learning. The ability to target skill deficits and change teaching methods is important in filling in those existing gaps. The agenda intends to create new research tools to create an upward trend in student’s learning.