Texas Commissioner of Education Visits Reasoning Mind School in Dallas

March 29, 2013

Staff and Reasoning Mind students at Seagoville Elementary School pose with Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams. Also pictured are Dallas ISD officials and Reasoning Mind Vice Chairman Gerald McElvy. Photo © Dallas ISD, all rights reserved

On March 8, Seagoville Elementary, a Reasoning Mind partner school in the Dallas Independent School District, welcomed Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams for a visit.

In addition to receiving an overview of Reasoning Mind and speaking with Seagoville’s principal and teachers about their use of the program, Williams and district staff observed a second-grade Reasoning Mind class in the computer lab.

“Since Seagoville began using the program in 2010, the school has been one of our strongest partners in Dallas ISD. Seagoville immediately embraced what we were doing and has really succeeded. We would like to congratulate the school on its impressive implementation and this well-deserved visit from Commissioner Williams,” said Diedre Douglas, Reasoning Mind’s Regional Director for North Texas.

Reasoning Mind Vice Chairman Forrest Hoglund helps a second-grade student with her work on the Reasoning Mind program. Photo © Dallas ISD, all rights reserved.
Reasoning Mind Vice Chairman Forrest Hoglund helps a second-grade student with her work on the Reasoning Mind program. Photo © Dallas ISD, all rights reserved.

After the classroom visit, Williams spoke at length with Reasoning Mind staff, including President and CEO Alex Khachatryan, about the program and the state’s involvement. During the 2011–2012 academic year, 10,975 students benefited from Reasoning Mind through a Texas Education Agency grant that helped the program increase enrollment in two school districts and expand to 16 new districts. Reasoning Mind now serves over 60,000 children in Texas, including all second- and third-grade students in Dallas ISD.

“Thanks to the TEA’s support, Reasoning Mind has been able to reach an increasing number of Texas students,” said Khachatryan. “We hope to continue working with the TEA to give all students in the state a world-class math education.”

“At the end of the visit, a teacher asked me to meet with the second-grade students, who had heard that ‘the Genie creator’ would be on campus,” Khachatryan continued. “I stopped by all four classrooms and talked with the students about the Genie and how RM City came about to help them learn math. Each time, the teacher asked the class the same question: ‘Would you like to have Reasoning Mind next year when you are in third grade?’ In all four classes, all hands went up enthusiastically! I was very excited to see this unanimous appreciation of our program.”

In preparation for Williams’s arrival, Seagoville staff decorated the school in a bowtie theme. Williams, who has previously spoken about his affinity for bowties, was greeted with a bulletin board featuring pictures of famous bowtie wearers, including himself and Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. Also included was a photograph of Reasoning Mind Vice Chairman Forrest Hoglund, who attended the visit with fellow Vice Chairman Gerald McElvy.

For more photographs from the visit, see Dallas ISD’s online photo album.

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