ST Math

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"We have been supporting [ST Math] this long because they have developed one of the best and most effective approaches to helping students learn math that we’ve ever seen, with strong rigorous and significant student outcome data to prove it."

-- Peter Tavernise, Executive Director, Cisco Foundation

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training

Target Audience

All Students

Location

Nationwide

Grades

Pre-K - 5

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Program Impact

Spatial and Temporal (ST) Math uses innovative technology to teach math concepts, problem solving techniques, and critical thinking skills to elementary school children. Schools that fully implement ST Math see double, and even triple, the growth in math proficiency when measured against comparable schools.

The program impacts over 800,000 students in 2,500 schools in 40 states in the USA.

 

Program Overview

Spatial and Temporal (ST) Math uses innovative technology to teach math concepts, problem solving techniques, and critical thinking skills to elementary school children. Schools that fully implement ST Math see double, and even triple, the growth in math proficiency when measured against comparable schools.

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® is the leader in visual math instruction and represents the highest quality and most effective blended learning math solution in K-12 education. Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning.

Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.

Whether in the classroom, computer lab or at home, learning never stops with ST Math. When teachers bring ST Math into the classroom, projected onto a screen or interactive whiteboard, the software games help students make connections between the visual representations from ST Math and symbolic representations found in their core instruction. With the touch functionality of ST Math students experience an even greater level of interactivity. With ST Math, learning continues outside of school too, as teachers can assign specific math objectives in the software program for homework.

How To Get Involved

ST Math costs about $25 to $29 per student annually in schools. That’s equivalent to about a quarter the cost of a textbook. For schools that embrace ST Math but need help funding the program, we often find like-minded philanthropic partners to assist. (Note: ST Math does not replace textbooks.)

Funders and Partners

Cisco, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Contacts

Abby Daniels, Director of Communications
adaniels@mindresearch.org
949-345-8700

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Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.