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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What grade levels are covered by Reasoning Mind’s programs?

Reasoning Mind currently has math programs for grades PK-7, and will soon expand. A full list of our offerings can be viewed here.

What technology requirements are needed to run Reasoning Mind’s programs?

Reasoning Mind’s programs work on desktops, laptops, and tablets on a variety of operating systems. For more information on specific technology requirements, visit this page.

What does a typical Reasoning Mind classroom implementation look like?

In a Reasoning Mind classroom, each student works online with a computer or tablet, moving through material at their own pace. Reasoning Mind’s technology-based platforms can automatically adjust the material for each child based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. As students study, they receive immediate feedback, earn points and prizes for correct answers, and monitor their overall progress and goals.

Want to see a classroom in action? Check out this short video.

What is the teacher’s role in a Reasoning Mind classroom?

Teachers are essential to a successful Reasoning Mind classroom. On average, teachers are able to engage in more personal instruction with their students than they would be able to in a traditional classroom. As children study online, teachers deliver one-on-one or small group lessons, using the system’s metrics and detailed reports to provide targeted, data-driven instruction.

How are Reasoning Mind’s programs different than other online math programs?

Reasoning Mind takes a unique approach to program development. Our team of mathematicians, teachers, and curriculum experts carefully study the instructional practices, curriculum, and pedagogy of the world’s best math classrooms and teachers, and then design blended learning programs grounded in these practices.

Additionally, Reasoning Mind’s school support infrastructure is unparalleled. We partner closely with our schools to offer all the training, professional development, and in-person support needed make each implementation a success.

Finally, Reasoning Mind has over ten high-quality research studies attesting to its impact—far more than is typical for blended learning programs. When implemented well, Reasoning Mind programs have been shown to make a large impact on students’ math knowledge, attitudes, and engagement. Learn more about our research and impact here.

How can I help my child at home?

If your child is using a Reasoning Mind program at school, their account is available to them 24/7, anywhere with an internet connection. Students can continue their progress from home simply by visiting my.reasoningmind.org and entering their username and password. You can help by coaching them through difficult problems when they’re stuck, by reminding them of the strategies they’ve learned, and by celebrating their perseverance in math.

How much do Reasoning Mind programs cost?

Pricing for schools and districts varies based on the specific program being used and the amount of support, training, and professional development provided. Schools pay a per student account fee, and then pay additional fees if they would like professional development, training, and/or in-person support. For more information on program pricing, contact a School Partnerships Representative.

What is Reasoning Mind’s funding model?

As a nonprofit, Reasoning Mind’s operational and software development costs are heavily subsidized by philanthropic donations, which helps lower program prices to a point that is affordable for schools. To date, over $70 million in philanthropic as well as state/federal funding has been committed to Reasoning Mind. Donors have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte, The Cockrell Foundation, The Hoglund Foundation, Houston Endowment, Lyda Hill, Perot Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, United Way, Oracle, and many more.

Why is Reasoning Mind a nonprofit?

Reasoning Mind incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit because we wanted the mission—providing a first-rate math education—to always remain the central focus of the organization. Because our seed funding came from donors motivated to create the highest-quality programs possible (and not investors motivated by a quick return on investment), we were able to build a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and put the necessary time and care into the creation of our programs.

How did Reasoning Mind get started?

Alex and Julia Khachatryan immigrated to the United States with their young son, George, from the former Soviet Union in 1990, bringing with them nothing but $700, a few boxes of books, and their educational experiences. Having strong backgrounds in math and science, they were quickly able to make a new life in the U.S.—Alex led the artificial intelligence lab at Texas A&M, and Julia worked as a petroleum engineering consultant.

But when George reached middle school, Alex and Julia became alarmed by his lack of interest in mathematics—the subject that had allowed them to achieve so much. As parents, Alex and Julia threw all their efforts into igniting George’s interest in math, and eventually succeeded (George went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from an Ivy League school)—however, they knew not all students would be so lucky.

For that reason, they launched Reasoning Mind—a nonprofit designed to create scalable math programs that would allow any child with an internet connection the opportunity to learn math the way it’s taught in high-achieving countries.

Have another question that wasn’t answered here?

No problem! If you have questions we haven’t answered, contact one of our Partnership Managers to learn more about our programs, our professional development, our approach to implementing in classrooms, and much, much more.