The Foundation’s funding will go toward Reasoning Mind’s development of high-quality online math programs for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade
DALLAS, TEXAS—The Meadows Foundation, one of the country’s most recognized family foundations, has awarded Reasoning Mind a $100,000 grant for new program development. The funds will launch Reasoning Mind’s creation of online math programs for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st-grade students.
High-quality early education is increasingly seen as an essential tool for closing achievement gaps among American students. Early math proficiency in particular has been shown to predict later success in both math and reading. In fact, a recent study by the University of California Irvine found that math knowledge at the beginning of elementary school was the most powerful predictor of whether a student would graduate from high school and attend college. Despite the importance of early education, however, the United States currently ranks in the bottom third of developed countries in pre-K education.
Reasoning Mind’s upcoming early learning programs will address this need by allowing young students to learn essential math skills and concepts through an interactive and engaging virtual environment. Like Reasoning Mind’s currently available programs, these early learning courses will be designed through a collaborative process that includes a team of mathematicians, curriculum specialists, and expert teachers. Early learning courses are currently under development, and will be beta-tested with a small group of school partners during the 2016-2017 school year, with a wide release planned for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Meadows Foundation’s grant comes as part of Reasoning Mind’s $15 million fundraising campaign, called the Texas Mission to M.A.R.S. (the “M.A.R.S.” stands for “Making Algebra-Ready Students”). The campaign’s goal is to expand Reasoning Mind’s current course offerings—for Grades 2-6—to a full Pre-K through 8th grade suite by 2018. Already, over $10 million in funding has been committed to the project from Texas philanthropists and foundations.
“We could not be where we are today without the support of foundations such as Meadows that are committed to innovative solutions,” said Courtney Rogers, Development Manager for Reasoning Mind. “This funding will help us reach students at those crucial early ages, setting them up for later academic success.”
Since its inception, The Meadows Foundation has disbursed more than $775 million in grants to Texas institutions and agencies in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and more. For additional information on the Foundation, visit www.mfi.org.
About Reasoning Mind
Reasoning Mind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing a first-rate math education for every child. The organization designs and implements interactive, online mathematics programs for elementary and middle school students that develop higher-order thinking skills, ignite their interest in math, and prepare them for algebra—the “gatekeeper” course to college. In addition, Reasoning Mind offers ongoing professional development, training, and in-person support for teachers and administrators using the program. With Reasoning Mind, students are engaged, teachers are empowered, and technology is leveraged to provide a world-class mathematics education.
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