Boston, Mass., May 23, 2018 MIND Research Institute, Mass STEM Hub and the One8 Foundation have partnered to develop an implementation plan and grant program to expand high quality elementary math programming. This ST Math Massachusetts Program will enable 54 schools to implement ST Math for 3 years, starting in the 2018-19 school year.
ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge PreK-8 students toward higher achievement. In a comparison of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) results from the 2013/14 and 2016/17 school years, ST Math schools that implemented with high fidelity outgrew their counterparts in statewide math performance rank by 7.4 percentile points.
“ST Math is the perfect addition to our school’s growth mindset initiative, where we celebrate perseverance with a student mantra to ‘Try-try-try again,’ ” said Karen Murdoch-Lahey, Principal at Annie L. Sargent Elementary School, North Andover Public Schools. This math program will foster growth for our students to problem solve in ways that personalize their instruction and motivate them in a creative and engaging way.”
Schools participating in the program will receive access to ST Math as well as ongoing implementation support. This support will ensure teachers are equipped to integrate ST Math into their classrooms in a way that makes the largest impact for students and includes:
- School grants to support adoption
- Additional professional development opportunities
- Personalized support from dedicated ST Math team members
- Access to enhanced student and teacher dashboards
- Cohort events to support best practice sharing and networking
“Revere is excited to implement the ST Math program in our elementary schools,” said Matthew Costa, Director of STEM Disciplines at Revere Public Schools. We feel the program will help us to personalize learning for our students and to support their development of a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics.”
The ST Math Massachusetts Program brings the total number of schools using ST Math in the state to 131. Plans are already being made to recruit additional participants for the program in the 2019-20 school year.
“We are excited to be partnering with MIND to support teachers and students as they implement high-quality math programming in the Commonwealth,” said Katherine Skrivan, Mass STEM Hub Director. “Through our close work with schools, we will provide implementation support and work to build a network of schools where collaboration and peer learning drives innovation for students.”
Brett Woudenberg, MIND Research Institute Chief Executive Officer, added, “Over the next decade, STEM jobs in Massachusetts are predicted to grow at twice the rate of non-STEM jobs. We want students to be prepared for those opportunities. Based on the schools that have already adopted ST Math in Massachusetts, it’s apparent that state educators are committed to providing students with the tools needed for success. We are extremely grateful to Mass STEM Hub and the One8 Foundation for their support in furthering our mission.”
About Mass STEM Hub
Mass STEM Hub’s mission is to provide schools with access to and support for the next level of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming that engages students, while giving them skills to succeed in the high-tech, fast-changing world we live in. Mass STEM Hub (a project of the One8 Foundation), scours the country to find best-in-class programs and helps make them a reality for our schools in Massachusetts. Learn more at mass-stemhub.org.
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a visual instructional program that builds deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous and creative problem solving to engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. ST Math incorporates the latest in learning and the brain, promoting mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Longitudinal and broad-based studies across diverse population groups continue to demonstrate ST Math’s efficacy in building life-long learners prepared for success in STEM fields. ST Math currently reaches more than 1.2 million students and 53,000 teachers at 3,900 schools in 47 states. For more information, visit stmath.com.
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