Clayton Schools to receive $1 million grant from Gates Foundation.
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Clayton Schools wins $1 million Gates Foundation grant for math instruction

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Clayton County Schools a $1 million grant to help educators teach math to middle schoolers.

The Gates Curriculum Implementation Grant will help the south metro school system develop instruction methods to improve math scores for the district of 55,000 students. It also offers teachers training to improve their skills.

“Clayton County Public Schools is very excited to be part of this newly created Gates Foundation initiative that aligns with our work to cultivate a culture of high performance throughout our district and our community,” Clayton Superintendent Morcease Beasley said in a statement. 

Clayton is one of 12 districts in the country to receive the grant, the school system said. According to the Gates Foundation website, the grant is designed in particular to support improvement in middle and high schools with at least 50 percent black, Latino or emerging multilingual English-learning students in California, Florida, Georgia, New York and North Carolina. 

Georgia State and Clayton State universities will participate in the program.

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Curriculum Implementation Grant will secure student resources that have been proven effective with improving mathematics understanding for middle school students,”  Tonya Clarke, coordinator of K-12 mathematics for Clayton, said. 

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