Mind in Motion Fall 2013

Fall 2013 MIND in STEMming America’s Math Achievement Gap A Message from MIND’s CEO and COO Dear Friends, In this edition of MIND in Motion, you’ll read about our expanded public-private partnership with Hyundai that is bringing ST Math to 15 new schools across the nation this year. Additionally, you’ll learn about our innovative school scholarship program that brings together MIND Research, funders and schools to give more high-need children access to deeper learning through ST Math, propelling them toward a love of learning and a lifetime of success. Also profiled in this issue is long-time ST Math advocate and former California Senator and Secretary of Education Marian Bergeson. We hope you will join us to celebrate her, as well as other supporters and successful schools, at MIND’s “Breaking the Barrier” 2013 Awards Gala on November 23rd at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach. Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey of reimagining math education in America. Together, we can ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Sincerely, Ted Smith Chairman and CEO Matthew Peterson Co-founder and COO PROBLEM SOLVING INDEPENDENTLY When Tylicia Brown entered third grade at Occohannock Elementary in Northampton County, Virginia, she was failing math, but wouldn’t ask questions when she needed help. Two months into the school year, Tylicia had what her teacher describes as a breakthrough moment. She had created her own place value chart to work through a series of ST Math problems on the computer. “It wasn’t a strategy anyone had given to her, and she was able to explain to me how she was using this tool she’d created,” says third grade math teacher Jenna Bassette. “She was problem solving independently.” Tylicia is one of 6,000 Virginia students at 22 schools who piloted the Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math instructional software program in 2012. When asked about why his district chose to also participate in the ST Math pilot, Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand stated, “Our students deserve the best educational opportunities, including blended learning programs like ST Math.” According to Tylicia’s teacher, ST Math is already putting at-risk students on track to successful futures. “Their newfound ability and willingness to problem solve and to try multiple strategies is translating from ST Math to test-taking skills, in-class assignments and language arts,” she says. “It’s been phenomenal for us.” “ Our students deserve the best educational opportunities, including blended learning programs like ST Math. “ Across America, children are headed back to school, including half a million who will experience how you and MIND Research Institute are reimagining math education. Fall is an exciting and busy time as MIND helps current ST Math schools prepare for the year and welcomes new school partners to the program. - Scott Brabrand, Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent