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MEDIA ADVISORY: Deeper Learning Symposium Set to Challenge the “Status Quo” of K-12 Math Education

Irvine, Calif., Jan 24, 2017 WHAT: Over 100 education leaders from across the country will convene at the two-day Deeper Learning Symposium, hosted by the education and neuroscience social impact nonprofit MIND Research Institute. The event will feature interactive, hands-on sessions designed to challenge participants’ notions of what innovative mathematics learning looks like and how it can be implemented effectively in the K-12 classroom. MIND’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Matthew Peterson will present on how advances in brain research have the potential to transform learning in his “The Four Neural Subsystems of Learning”. Game-based learning experts Kurt Squire, Ph.D., and Greg Toppo will discuss how game-play can provide high quality instruction. Toppo will also host a panel to discover how innovation and persistence can solve the math crisis in the U.S. Thursday evening will feature a “Taste of Math” with culinary partners providing symposium participants with mathematically-charged cuisine. A full list of speakers and sessions can be found here:….

Thursday, January 26, sessions @ 9:00a.m.–4:30p.m. & Taste of Math @ 6:00p.m.–9:30p.m.
- 10:30a.m.–11:30a.m.: The Four Neural Subsystems of Learning (Dr. Matthew Peterson)
Friday, January 27, Expert Panel @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (moderator Greg Toppo)

Hotel Irvine, Irvine, Calif. | Media RSVP to for press credentials.

Featured presenters:
Greg Toppo, K-12 Education Reporter, USA Today, & author
Kurt Squire, Ph.D., Professor, UC Irvine
Kathleen Leos, CEO, The Global Institute for Language and Literacy Development
Alissa Crans, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Loyola Marymount University & Associate Director, Mathematical Association of America Project NExT
Jill Diniz, Director of Mathematics, Great Minds
Barbara Haeffner, Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology, Meriden Public Schools
Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology, Pickerington Local School District
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., co-founder & CEO of MIND Research Institute

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'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. Through its MathMINDs movement, MIND engages the community in hands-on mathematical experiences outside of the classroom in an effort to shift the cultural perception of math from being scary and frustrating to exciting and essential. MIND's programs currently reach more than one million students and 44,000 teachers at 3,200 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

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