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EXXON EDUCATION FOUNDATION GIVES $573,000 GRANT TO EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOLS FOR ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS PROGRAM

     EXXON EDUCATION FOUNDATION GIVES $573,000 GRANT TO EAST BATON
       ROUGE PARISH SCHOOLS FOR ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS PROGRAM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has received a four-year grant totalling $573,000 from the Exxon Education Foundation of Irving, Texas to improve mathematics instruction in kindergarten through the third grade at 10 elementary schools.  The elementary schools in the program are Buchanan, Glen Oaks Park, Goodwood, Jefferson Terrace, Mayfair, Park, Red Oaks, Sharon Kills, Tanglewood and Wildwood.
    Edward F. Ahnert, executive director of the EEF, announced this is the largest single grant awarded by the foundation to a school district in support of K-3 mathematics education.  In all, the EEF has contributed more than $7.3 million to improving mathematics in the United States since 1988.
    The grant will be used to expand the K-3 Mathematics Specialist program that is currently in place at six schools.  It was funded through a combination of grants from the EEF, the National Science Foundation and the University of Chicago Mathematics Project.
    The expanded mathematics program will emphasize problem solving, cooperative learning, the use of technology and a hands-on approach to mathematics instruction.  It will begin the first year with the installation of computer labs at the 10 schools to allow teachers to integrate technology into their math curriculum.  The program will also feature Family Math Programs and Math Summer Camps.  The program emphasizes the goals developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as part of its curriculum, evaluation and teaching standards for school mathematics.  Eventually, teachers at all 63 elementary schools will be able to take part in the program.
    Ahnert said: "The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to reforming mathematics education in the early grades consistent with the NCTM standards.  It is our hope that the Baton Rouge program will serve as a model for school districts nationwide in developing new approaches for teaching mathematics to young children."
    East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Bernard Weiss wholeheartedly supports the project.  "A strong foundation in mathematics is crucial in the early grades.  This additional financial support from the EEF will allow our teachers, principals, administrators and community members to work together to strengthen the mathematics skills for young children. We would like to thank the Exxon Education Foundation for investing in the future of our community by enabling us to expand our Math Specialist Program."
    The K-3 Mathematics Specialists Program is truly a team effort involving administrators, principals, teachers and the College of Education and Mathematics Departments at LSU and Southern University. Southern and LSU are developing the preservice and inservice programs for the teachers and will evaluate the program.  In addition, EBRP teachers will be part of a faculty exchange with LSU.  EBRP teachers will teach part-time at the university while LSU interns substitute in their classrooms.
    "We believe that this school system's successful application of the NCTM standards will provide a model for the nation which demonstrates that every child can master mathematics, a discipline crucial to the future of our country."  NCTM President Iris Carl said.
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    /CONTACT:  Ginnie Bolin of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, 504-922-5442, or Mary Frances Duffy of O'Keefe Duffy & Associates, 212-695-5550, for East Baton Rouge Parish School System/ CO:  East Baton Rouge Parish School System ST:  Louisiana, Texas IN: SU: SH -- NY049 -- 1286 11/05/91 13:47 EST
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