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Richmond County School System awarded more than $70,000 to support student achievement

The Richmond County School System received $73,041 in Opportunity Grants from the Georgia Department of Education to support mathematics and advanced learning in schools.

The grants will support teachers in their plans to help students strengthen their understanding of mathematics and advanced courses, according to a July 3 news release.

“We are excited for our schools that have been selected to receive the Opportunity Grants,” said Kinesha Ponder, the school system’s director of teaching and learning. “These grants will provide our teachers with additional instructional tools and materials to implement learning experiences that prepare students to think critically and enhance their reasoning skills.”

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Richmond County received funding in two categories. The Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Mentoring grant offers $2,500 to the district to create mentoring programs for new or novice AP teachers, while the mathematics grant supplies $4,000 per school to buy mathematics materials to support instruction.

“These grants are important as our students and teachers begin implementing Georgia’s new K-12 Mathematics Standards,” said Malinda Cobb, Associate Superintendent of Academic Services. “I am thankful to the school leaders who sought these Opportunity Grants for their schools.”

The mathematics grant arrives in time to ease schools into the first year of implementing the new math standards, initially adopted in 2021. In addition, teachers will use the funds in the 2023-24 school year to incorporate new strategies to prepare students for advanced courses and enhance their performance in AP exams.

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