The Reasoning Mind North Texas team celebrated its success in the region with a breakfast event last week, hosted by Forrest Hoglund, philanthropist and co-vice chairman of the board. The event concluded with Mr. Hoglund announcing a $15 million curriculum campaign to expand Reasoning Mind’s program offerings up to 8th grade, called the Texas Mission to M.A.R.S. (Making Algebra-Ready Students). Mr. Hoglund is no stranger to large fundraising campaigns, having recentlychaired the $185 million Leadership Capital Campaign for Dallas’ new Perot Museum of Nature & Science.
Mr. Hoglund kicked off the event by welcoming the nearly 100 guests from the Dallas philanthropy and education communities, including school board trustees, elected officials, foundation representatives, and business leaders. After playing a short video, he introduced George Khachatryan, Reasoning Mind’s co-founder and senior vice president, who explained the organization’s approach to blended learning and curriculum.
Rather than focus on one or two features, Reasoning Mind reverse-engineers internationally renowned math instruction and leverages technology to make it available to all students.
Diedre Douglas, executive director of the region, gave an overview of our history in North Texas, specifically highlighting expansion and success in Dallas ISD. When that partnership began in spring 2010, Reasoning Mind served 88 teachers and about 2,300 students. Those numbers have grown to 1,215 teachers and more than 41,000 students served this year.
“This partnership with Dallas ISD is now one of the largest blended learning initiatives for elementary mathematics anywhere in Texas,” she said to loud cheers.
After a short table quiz where guests solved a few Reasoning Mind problems, Andrea Foggy-Paxton, executive vice president, moderated a panel with a few Reasoning Mind teachers who shared their experiences using the program and the difference it has made for their students.
Mr. Hoglund concluded the event with the announcement of the campaign. The goal is to raise $15 million in funding to finish Reasoning Mind’s algebra-readiness curriculum within three years. Offering these courses will position Reasoning Mind as one of the few organizations with world-class programming designed to prepare students for algebra, the “gatekeeper” course to college. Mr. Hoglund challenged Texas businesses and philanthropists, and specifically those in Dallas, to participate in the exciting effort.
Many thanks to our friends, supporters, and partners who attended the event! To read more about our North Texas implementation, check out our results and view photos of the event on our facebook page.