The Reasoning Mind Genie accepts a check for $75,000 from the American Electric Power Foundation. From left to right: Mark Dempsey, External Affairs Vice President, Appalachian Power; Jeri Matheney, Communications Director, Appalachian Power; The Genie; Audrey Pitonak-Goff, Sr. Implementation Coordinator, Reasoning Mind; Jill Mailing, Sr. Implementation Coordinator, Reasoning Mind.
CHARLESTON, WV—More than 1,000 elementary students will have the opportunity to use Reasoning Mind Foundations, a computer-based math program, thanks to a new grant from American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation. The funds from the AEP Foundation will support the expansion of the math program throughout several counties in southern West Virginia.
Foundations delivers a high-quality math curriculum through an interactive computer interface that adjusts to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Teachers use the system’s data—which includes automatic and real-time progress reports—to provide more targeted math instruction to students. In addition, Reasoning Mind provides extensive support to West Virginia campuses, including training, professional development workshops, and in-person coaching and feedback.
The program is now used by over 6,000 West Virginia students in over 80 schools and has been enthusiastically received by teachers, administrators, and parents. In January, a teacher and group of students were invited to deliver a short presentation to the West Virginia Board of Education about the impact Reasoning Mind is having on student attitudes and achievement in mathematics.
The AEP Foundation was created in 2005 to provide charitable contributions to organizations within the company’s 11-state service area. Since inception, the Foundation has provided more than $113 million in support to charitable organizations. As one of the country’s largest electric utility companies, AEP has a special interest in supporting educational initiatives involving science, technology, engineering, and math.
“We are proud to support the strong work of Reasoning Mind in West Virginia,” said Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and COO. “In today’s 21st century economy, mathematics is a critical discipline for students to master. Reasoning Mind is an evidence-based tool for students and teachers that helps do exactly that, and we’re delighted to be partnering to expand this program”
Reasoning Mind’s math programs are now used by over 100,000 students across the country in grades 2-7. The Foundations program was first implemented in West Virginia in 2011, thanks to a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, the program has expanded to more schools each year.
“The response to our work in West Virginia has been phenomenal,” said Alex Khachatryan, Co-Founder and CEO of Reasoning Mind. “We’re so grateful to the AEP Foundation for recognizing the importance of a strong math education, and for providing us with this funding to allow us to reach so many more students.”
For additional information on the impact of the program in West Virginia, see these videos featuring testimonials from local administrators and teachers.
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 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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