Educational Institutions

MIND Research Institute

  • Irvine, CA
  • www.mindresearch.org

Mission Statement

MIND Research Institute's (MIND) mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.

Main Programs

  1. ST Math
  2. MathMINDs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MIND Research Institute serves 43 of the United States and the District of Columbia, and continues to expand its reach each year.

ruling year

1999

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Matthew Peterson Ph.D.

Keywords

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math; education; youth; research; community service

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EIN

33-0798804

 Number

7413765775

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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MIND's ST Math program reaches 1,000,000 students and 39,000 teachers in 3,100 schools in 43 states. In 2013, MIND's ST Math program was recognized by the Business Roundtable (BRT) as one of five 'outstanding' K-12 programs deemed to have strong potential for helping prepare U.S. K-12 students for college and the workforce. A complementary but separate initiative conducted by Change the Equation identified ST Math as one of four programs that met their standard of high-quality, immediately scalable programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ST Math

Since its inception in 1998, MIND Research Institute has successfully transferred more than 30 years of breakthrough neuroscience research out of the University of California, Irvine, into functional education programs - realized in the ST Math suite of education curricula - for elementary and secondary school students. ST Math has consistently demonstrated dramatic increases on standardized math tests, enriched the lives of thousands of students and helped educators address many of the significant challenges they face in educating our youth, such as language barriers and learning disabilities. Currently, there are over one million students at 3,100 schools using MIND's revolutionary education programs. MIND Research Institute is committed to making the program available to as many students as possible.

ST Math is distinctive from the traditional, language-analytical way of teaching math in that it is non-language based and, therefore, friendly to all students, including English Language Learners and children with special needs. It has been proven to be effective for underperforming and low-income schools, putting math success - and thus academic success and career opportunities - within reach of disadvantaged students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$22,999,609.00

Program 2

MathMINDs

Launched in 2014, MathMINDs is a movement to shift the cultural perception of math from being scary and frustrating to exciting and essential. To do this, MathMINDs engages the community and students in hands-on mathematical experiences outside of the classroom.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

$2,992,492.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems. We are a social benefit organization committed to leveling the playing field in education, creating equity among all children in the community, and closing the achievement gap. Our unique research-based math education program engages all children, regardless of socioeconomic, linguistic or cultural background.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are accomplishing our mission through our game-based learning ST Math software program and the MathMINDs Initiative.

    ST Math is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.

    MathMINDs Initiative is designed to create a community around math appreciation. There is a beauty inherent in having the thinking and perseverance to solve a difficult puzzle, or create a solution to a long-time issue. We want to share this beauty, and believe this sharing extends not just to the classroom, but to everywhere math lives. The MathMINDs Initiative brings math to life through family-friendly events, applied learning opportunities, student-centered activities and community engagement events. This program includes Family Math Nights, the K-12 Game-a-thon challenge, JiJi Believer, Math Camp and Math Fair.

    While ST Math brings a new way to explore math in the classroom through technology, MathMINDs brings math to life outside of the classroom and into the community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    As a research-based organization, MIND is continually improving upon and expanding our programs, based on research, assessment results and feedback from educators. Our unique team of neuroscientists, mathematicians, researchers, computer scientists and designers, as well as our strong partnerships with districts, corporate partners and other organizations, show strong capabilities of creating innovative programs that are continuously improving. CEO, Senior Scientist and Co-Founder Matthew Peterson exhibits strong leadership and vision that inspires the organization as well as partners.

    MIND has expanded the ST Math program suite to include ST Math: K-6, ST Math: Fluency, ST Math+Music K-6, ST Math: Middle School Supplement, and ST Math: High School Intervention. Recently, MIND launched the ST Math for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program, expanding our highly effective math program to meet the growing need for transitional kindergarten curriculum in California.

    With a $3.2 million gift from The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., MIND will develop game-based math instructional software to improve youth financial literacy. The program will be geared toward sixth, seventh and eighth graders and will include modules that prepare students to solve challenging problems in areas such as saving and investing, planning and money management, credit and debit, and risk and insurance.

    As leaders in visual math learning in classrooms, MIND Research Institute is ideally suited to create innovative experiences outside of the classroom to inspire a love and appreciation of math. In 2014, we launched the MathMINDs initiative to change the perception of math from being scary and frustrating to exciting and essential. Since then, MIND has developed partnerships with organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and Tiger Woods Learning Center to provide hands-on mathematical experiences outside of the classroom.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Progress indicators such as the number of students reached by ST Math and MathMINDs, assessment results from schools using ST Math as compared to schools not using ST Math, and individual impact stories from students, educators and families will indicate progress toward MIND's mission: ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    MIND's ST Math program reaches 1,000,000 students and 39,000 teachers in 3,100 schools in 43 states. There are millions more students to reach in the United States alone. ST Math has been found to have an effect size, the statistical measurement of impact on student learning, of 0.47 -- well beyond the federal What Works Clearinghouse criteria for "substantively important." MIND's goal is to reach an effect size of 0.8.

    MIND is increasingly utilizing volunteers to facilitate its MathMINDs events in the community. We continue to work to establish a stronger network of volunteer educators and STEM professionals to help us change people's perceptions of math.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MIND Research Institute serves 43 of the United States and the District of Columbia, and continues to expand its reach each year.

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Funding Needs

Research shows that early math skills are the number one predictor of later academic success - even greater than literacy and behavior. Philanthropic support helps ensure that the next generation receives the strong math education required to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.

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MIND Research Institute
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Peterson Ph.D.

BIO

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Scientist at the MIND Research Institute. The creator of ST Math, Matthew leads a team in developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, rather than verbally, enabling students to gain a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. Matthew, who as a child struggled with traditional language-based instruction due to dyslexia, created MIND's ST Math® software to enable students to learn math through his unique non-language-based visual approach. The revolutionary ST Math software has proven to raise students' math scores on standardized tests and currently reaches over one million students. Matthew has spoken at numerous national and international math and education conferences, before the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and recently was featured at TEDx Orange Coast. After completing his undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering and Chinese language and literature from UC Irvine, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in visual neuroscience from UC Berkeley.

STATEMENT FROM THE Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

"For nearly two decades, MIND Research Institute has been reinventing and re-imagining math education - focused on the higher goal of deep learning for all students. Because we are a nonprofit funded by visionary corporations, foundations and community leaders, we can create and deliver an educational tool that far exceeds what the market demands. It's not based on incremental improvement to current teaching methods. It's a totally new way of teaching and learning informed by the neuroscience research on how children, and all of us, learn best. That's why our ST Math program is unlike anything else in classrooms today. And, we have received national recognition, having been endorsed by the Business Roundtable and Change the Equation.

In 2014, MIND Research Institute launched MathMINDs, a movement to shift the cultural perception of math from being scary and frustrating to exciting and essential. To do this, MathMINDs engages the community and students in hands-on mathematical experiences outside of the classroom. MathMINDs programs and activities are hands-on and interactive, letting people experience math as more than just words and numbers on a sheet of paper. The purpose is to engage students in hands-on immersion activities that will deepen their interest in math and encourage students to pursue STEM-related careers. There is a beauty inherent to having the thinking and perseverance to solve a difficult puzzle, or create a solution to a long-time issue. MIND Research wants to share this beauty, and believes this sharing extends not just to the classroom, but to everywhere that math lives."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Phelan

Chairman

Term: Jan 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
MIND Research Institute has an informal yet focused process to attract diverse candidates. Our holistic recruiting efforts focus beyond the job description and beyond geographic boundaries to find candidates with meaningful personal stories and varied professional experiences, who are mission-driven, and who possess broad skills, interests, hobbies, and life experiences. Our organization encompasses the neuroscience, education, nonprofit and technical fields, so colleagues with diverse experiences offer the varied perspectives that enable teams to find creative solutions to complex problems. MIND Research Institute was named one of the Best Workplaces for Women in 2015 by Great Place to Work® and Fortune. As one colleague writes, MIND is a great place to work for both women and men. Our culture of autonomy, trust, respect, creativity, flexibility and recognition creates an inclusive and productive work environment for diverse individuals.