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Division of Academics & Literacy

Division of Academics & Literacy

Division Directory

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Michael Robinson |

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Executive Director of English as a Second Language (ESL) – Cesar A. Rico |

Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Student Services – Adam S. Smith |

Fine Arts

Director of Fine Arts – Sean Joffrion |

Professional Development

Curriculum Resource Coordinator for Technology Integration – Dr. Marcil Seals |

Curriculum Supervisor for Math – Justin Robicheaux |

Curriculum Supervisor for Science – Dr. Kristen Antoine-Marse |

Curriculum Supervisor for Social Studies – Dr. Tiffanye McCoy-Thomas |

Director of Professional Development – Dr. Brunetta Adams |

Director of Professional Development – Rochelle Anderson |

Directory of Professional Development for Teacher Effectiveness – Shonel Branch LeDuff |

ELA Supervisor – Rochelle Anderson |

Project Manager – Aronda L. Johnshon |

Division Overview

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Early Childhood

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

The purpose of Title III, Part A, is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American, and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenge State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

2021 – 2022 ESL Theme: Elevating our Multilingual Scholars through Learning, Language, and Literacy

Administrative Director of Federal Programs, Dr. Sandra Bethley |

Executive Director of ESL, Cesar Rico |

District ESL Instructional Support Specialist, Dr. Amy Pan |

District ESL Instructional Support Specialist, Anita Harleaux |

School Counselor, Mara Girona-Dodd |

Coordinator of Title I, Maricel Salvacion |

School and Parent Communication Liaison, Shawna Floyd |

Parent Liaison, Amparo Torralbas |

Exceptional Student Services

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Fine Arts

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

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Fine Arts | Theatre | Visual Arts | Dance | Music | Media Arts

Why Fine Arts?

-The arts reach students not normally reached, in ways and methods not normally used; this leads to better student attendance and lower dropout rates.
-It changes the learning environment to one of discovery; this often reignites the love of learning in students tired of just being fed facts.
-Students connect with each other better; this often results in fewer fights, greater understanding of diversity, and greater peer support.
-The arts provide challenges to students of all levels; each student can find their own level from basic to gifted.
-Students learn to become sustained, self-directed learners; the student does not just become an outlet for stored facts from direct instruction, but seeks to extend instruction to higher levels of proficiency 
The student of the fine arts positively impacts the learning of students of lower socioeconomic status as much or more than those of a higher socioeconomic status

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Library Science

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Foreign Language

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Social Studies

The mission of the Social Studies Content team is to create access and opportunities inclusive of all learners to foster and support the development of student agency and voice.

We are charged with providing instructional support and guidance for content, pacing, assessments, and professional development. Under the Division of Literacy we work to support Interdisciplinary Literacy to ensure equitable learning for every student, in every classroom, in every community, EVERYDAY!

Please use our digital business card to access curriculum guidance, instructional resources, strategies, and professional learning. 


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Professional Development

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System Department of Curriculum and Instruction is a premier learning environment devoted to understand the many diverse methods and practices of teaching. The Curriculum and Instruction Department places a heavy focus on Professional Development.

The purpose of Professional Development is to provide the focus and structure needed to best address the professional learning of our teachers and leaders.  The instructional expertise of our district, school, and teacher leaders will build the capacity of all educators within the system in order to grow all students.

Professional development activities will take place throughout the school year.  Specific events and activities will be showcased bi-weekly in the department’s official newsletter, G.P.S.P.D.  The Superintendent’s Leadership Institutes, Teacher Leader Learning meetings, as well as each core curriculum’s professional development Framework outline the dates of workshops throughout the year, although additional dates will be added based on need.

Digital Curriculum Resource Logins & Links

K-5 ELA Digital Curriculum Resource Login

K-5 Math Digital Curriculum Resource Login

6-12 ELA Digital Curriculum Resource Login

6-12 Math Digital Curriculum Resource Login

Discovery Education

Virtual Field Trips

Keyboarding Sites

iPad Resource

Homework Help

Parent, Family and Community Engagement includes several different forms of participation in education and working with our schools. Parents can support their children’s schooling by attending school functions and responding to school obligations (parent-teacher conferences, for example). Parents can become more involved in helping their children improve their schoolwork by providing encouragement, arranging for appropriate study time and space, modeling desired behavior (such as reading for pleasure), monitoring homework, and actively tutoring their children at home.

Outside the home, parents can serve as advocates for the school. They can volunteer to help out with school activities or work in the classroom. Or they can take an active role in the governance and decision making necessary for planning, developing, and providing an education for the community’s children. Parents are a child’s first teacher.

Community Resources for Parents

Academic Distinction Fund

8550 United Plaza Blvd. Suite 301
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 922-4560 | fax (225) 922-4562

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge

2356 Druscilla Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 216-7474 | fax (225) 216-7977
Jamie Tindle, Executive Director

Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge

323 E. Airport Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 201-8888
Dena Morrison, Executive Director

Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge

4727 Revere Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 927-9810 | fax (225) 924-7175
Rene Taylor, Executive Director
Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

Delmont PK-K Center
5300 Douglas Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 356-1221 or (225) 355-2106 office
(225) 338-9371 or (225) 359-6515 fax
Bernadette Joiner, Coordinator

Resources for Schools

A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement

Survey for Assessing School Level Family and Community Partnerships

Sample School-Based Parental Involvement Policy

Parent-Student-School Compact for Success

Parental Involvement Compliance Guidance

LA Parent Involvement Resource Guide to Success

How to Establish a PTO

How to Establish a PTO

PTO Sample Bylaws_1

PTO Sample Bylaws_2

PTO Sample Bylaws_3

PTO Sample Bylaws_4

Presentation for Staff Development

Effective Strategies for Meaningful Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement Activities that Work

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System designed the Innovation Network to improve historically low-performing schools by accelerating progress and implementing evidence-based transformational strategies.

The 13 schools now under this umbrella will experience a more comprehensive plan for innovative school design through autonomous governance, accountability for all, professional development for all educators, a robust approach to teaching and learning, and a collective vision focused on preparing students for opportunities beyond their high school years.

Many factors come into play when we examine why a school is chronically low-performing; educator instructional capacity gaps, student mobility, socio-economic circumstances, high student and educator absenteeism, lack of human and school resources, etc. It is the goal of our school system to address each of these elements head-on in order to provide a high-quality and equitable education for all students. However, the most important unit of change we can impact is daily classroom instruction.

To ensure school-based accountability and sustainability of this transformational work, the district established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP). The CAP engages leading members of the local community and permit a specialized focus on these schools.

The goal is to have each Innovation Network school achieve, at a minimum, a School Performance Score (SPS) growth of four SPS points and grow in line with the 75th percentile growth of all Louisiana schools of the equivalent level and grade annually.

The Innovation Network creates opportunity and constructs for all 13 schools to use increased autonomy to find individualized paths to excellence, commit to high-quality curriculum implementation, and a resolve to hold all adults accountable for improved student results.   The Innovation Network school leaders will engage in comprehensive and student-driven professional development with a focus on data-driven strategies to turn around school performance. Through the implementation of high-quality curriculum, leadership development, instructional coaching, and stakeholder engagement, The East Baton Rouge Parish School System expects to see a complete metamorphosis of the historically low-performing schools.

Innovation Network Schools

Elementary School

Capitol Elementary

Claiborne/Howell Park Elementary

Park Elementary

Park Forest Elementary

Progress Elementary

Villa Del Rey Elementary

Middle School

Capitol Middle

North Banks Middle

Park Forest Middle

High School

Belaire High

Glen Oaks High

Tara High

Teacher Effectiveness

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