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MEDIA ADVISORY: DCPS Celebrates Grant from Hyundai Motor America to Improve Math Education

Irvine, Calif., Nov 11, 2014 WHAT: Students, teachers, parents and leaders of DC Public Schools, Hyundai Motor America and the social benefit organization MIND Research Institute will gather to celebrate a grant to expand a blended learning program that’s already helped high-need DCPS students improve their math scores. In their first year of full implementation, DCPS schools that used MIND’s ST Math® software program saw, on average, triple the rate of growth in math proficiency on their standardized tests. The results for the two-year implementation of ST Math will be announced at this event, and guests will get a first-hand look at students using this innovative program in the classroom.

The grant is part of the Hyundai ST Math Initiative, which aims to improve young students’ math skills and propel them toward high school graduation and college success, especially in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Hyundai Motor America previously supported ST Math implementation at two DCPS schools, and this year is expanding to 10 DCPS schools impacting over 1,600 students and 140 teachers.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
9:30 a.m. – Presentation & Remarks
10:00 a.m. – Classroom Walk-through

WHERE: The School Without Walls @ Francis Stevens
2425 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20037 | Directions

Richard Trogisch, Principal, The School Without Walls @ Francis Stevens
Brian Pick, Chief of Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools
Zafar Brooks, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America
Art McCoy, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent-in-Residence, MIND Research Institute

About the Hyundai ST Math Initiative
The Hyundai ST Math Initiative benefits over 11,500 students and 550 teachers in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; Washington, D.C.; New York City, NY; Spring, TX; and Pinellas, FL. Early math skills are proven to be the number one predictor of later academic success and high school graduation. To improve the pipeline of college-ready graduates, Hyundai Motor America is providing grants to high-need schools across the nation to provide unique research-based ST Math programs, teacher professional development and ongoing educational support. Follow the partnership’s success using hashtag #HyundaiLovesJiJi.

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit

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