About ADF

Founded in 1989, ADF is a major collaboration between schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the community. ADF is a vital vehicle for private sector leadership in advancing public education.


Louisiana's ACT 3

Welcome to the Academic Distinction Fund!

ADF supports innovative actions that lead to academic excellence for students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. ADF promotes academic acheivement for all students, encourages the best practices in education, supports teachers in their work and professional growth, and fosters improved teaching and learning in public schools.

We advance our mission to support excellence in East Baton Rouge Parish schools by increasing the number of children ready for academic success in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1-12. We currently focus on pre-K, while serving pre-K teachers and classrooms through the Distinguished Speaker Series, MASTER teachers, teacher grants, and early childhood education advocacy. We emphasize the importance of collaboration to promote promising practices, research, and high-quality professional development. We are sustainable through the BRAF fund, grant awards, sponsorships, and annual giving.

News and Events

The Distinguished Speaker Series announces that Dr. Kimberly Brenneman, early childhood STEM expert, will be speaking on The Early Years Count: Why STEM Matters for Young Children, September 30, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. The Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System (EBRSS) host the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) which is sponsored by ExxonMobil and the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge. Brenneman will be joined by Cate Heroman with the Baton Rouge Knock Knock Children's Museum as a Guest Speaker to provide a local application to the concepts presented by Brenneman.

The event is open to educators, education stakeholders, policy makers, parents and the general community. CEUs are available for educators, social workers, counselors and child care providers. The event is free but registration is requested at www.foundationebr.org/DSS. Since 2011, DSS has brought notable local, regional and national authors, scholars, researchers and practitioners with expertise in early childhood issues to Baton Rouge.

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