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UP Academy Dorchester Joins ST Math Massachusetts Program to Enhance Math Learning

Boston, MA, June 5, 2018 - UP Academy Dorchester has been selected to join the ST Math Massachusetts Program. The program was developed by Mass STEM Hub, the One8 Foundation and MIND Research Institute, and will enable 54 schools to launch or expand their use of ST Math over the next three years. 

ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge PreK-8 students toward higher achievement. In a comparison of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) results from the 2013/14 and 2016/17 school years, ST Math schools that implemented with high fidelity outgrew their counterparts in statewide math performance rank by 7.4 percentile points.

“This program is a great opportunity for our students to develop and practice their math skills beyond the core instruction we already provide,” notes Rachael Conway, Assistant Principal at UP Academy Dorchester. “It is a great way for students to see math in lots of different contexts and to get more time with technology on a consistent basis. We’re so excited for our students to have this opportunity.” 

UP Academy Dorchester submitted to a competitive and rigorous multi-step application process. As a program member, the school will not only have access to ST Math, but to additional support and features including:

  • School grants to support adoption
  • Additional professional development opportunities
  • Personalized support from dedicated ST Math team members
  • Access to enhanced student and teacher dashboards
  • Cohort events to support best practice sharing and networking

“We are excited to be partnering with MIND to support teachers and students as they implement high-quality math programming in the Commonwealth,” said Katherine Skrivan, Mass STEM Hub Director. “Through our close work with schools, we will provide implementation support and work to build a network of schools where collaboration and peer learning drives innovation for students.”

Brett Woudenberg, MIND Research Institute Chief Executive Officer, added, “Over the next decade, STEM jobs in Massachusetts are predicted to grow at twice the rate of non-STEM jobs. We want students to be prepared for those opportunities. Based on the schools that have already adopted ST Math in Massachusetts, it’s apparent that state educators are committed to providing students with the tools needed for success. We are extremely grateful to Mass STEM Hub for their support in furthering our mission, and to the One8 Foundation for the funding to make this program possible.”

About UP Education Network
UP Academy Dorchester is one of six UP Academies managed by UP Education Network (UP), the largest non-profit school management organization in Massachusetts. UP’s vision is to transform schools into exceptional learning environments in partnership with families and communities; create schools where students can cultivate their sharp minds, share their kind hearts, and explore their path and potential; and prepare its graduates to succeed on the path toward college and pursue their passions. UP is one of the only organizations in the nation dedicated to tackling the challenges of in-district school turnaround. For more information, please visit http://upeducationnetwork.org/
  
About Mass STEM Hub
Mass STEM Hub’s mission is to provide schools with access to and support for the next level of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming that engages students, while giving them skills to succeed in the high-tech, fast-changing world we live in. Mass STEM Hub (a project of the One8 Foundation), scours the country to find best-in-class programs and helps make them a reality for our schools in Massachusetts. Learn more at mass-stemhub.org.
 
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a visual instructional program that builds deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous and creative problem solving to engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. ST Math incorporates the latest in learning and the brain, promoting mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Longitudinal and broad-based studies across diverse population groups continue to demonstrate ST Math’s efficacy in building lifelong learners prepared for success in STEM fields. ST Math currently reaches more than 1.2 million students and 54,000 teachers at 3,900 schools in 47 states. For more information, visit stmath.com.
 
For more information contact:
Victoria Lautsch
UP Education Network
617-999-4587
vlautsch@upeducationnetwork.org
 
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