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. 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.

Main Programs

  1. ST Math and MathMINDs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MIND Research Institute's programs are serving students in 45 states and we continue to expand our reach. In Orange County, we have over 200 schools utilizing our ST Math program.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Matthew Peterson

Keywords

Self-reported

math; education; youth; research; community service

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EIN

33-0798804

 Number

7413765775

Contact

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 is currently reaching over 1,000,000 students and 44,000 teachers in more than 3,200 schools across the country. 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. MIND has expanded its ST Math programs to new grade levels including: ST Math: Pre-K/TK (transitional kindergarten), ST Math: 6th Grade, ST Math: Middle School Supplement and ST: Math: High School Intervention. With these programs, we now can positively impact students from PreK through 12th grade. With a $3.2 million gift from The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., MIND is developing a game-based math instructional program to improve youth financial literacy. The program will be geared toward middle schools 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. MIND launched its MathMINDs Initiative designed to create a community around math appreciation. MathMINDs brings math to life through family-friendly events, applied learning opportunities, student-centered activities and community engagement events. This was launched based on the public demand of over 4,200 participants at our inaugural 2014 Math Fair held in Orange County. In 2015, the Math Fair took place at the Chicago Navy Pier with over 5,000 registrants. This year, MIND is bringing the Math Fair back to the Orange County community. A free, family-friendly event for students, families, educators, and other key stakeholders, the 2016 Math Fair will be held at the Orange County Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

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 and MathMINDs

Since its inception in 1998, MIND Research Institute has successfully transferred more than 30 years of breakthrough neuroscience research from 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 1,000,000 students in more than 3,200 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; therefore, the program is 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, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$49,000.00

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's programs are serving students in 45 states and we continue to expand our reach. In Orange County, we have over 200 schools utilizing our ST Math program.

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Funding Needs

1. General operating support is always a need of our organization to enable MIND to continue to expand the reach and scope of not only our innovative ST Math programs, but also facilitate new programs that further our mission such as our MathMINDs Initiative. It provides us the flexibility to allocate funding towards expenses that may not be covered through program grants, such as administration and management, that are critical to the day-to-day operations of the organization and implementation of these programs. 2. Raise $600,000 to provide a free all day mathematical experience to thousands of attendees through our Pop-up museum.3. Program support for professional development programs, ST Math, and other programs. 4. Volunteers to assist with our MathMINDs Initiative which is aimed at bringing math to life through family-friendly events, applied learning opportunities, student centered activities and community engagement events. The purpose is to engage students by taking math outside of the classroom with hands-on immersion activities that will deepen their interest in math and encourage students to pursue STEM-related careers.5. Assistance with media outreach

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MIND Research Institute
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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MIND Research Institute

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Matthew Peterson

BIO

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Scientist at the MIND Research Institute. Matthew oversees the Engineering Sales, Marketing, Development and Education Services activities for the organization. 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 program to enable students to learn math through his unique non-language-based visual approach. The revolutionary program has proven to increase students' math performance and growth, and currently reaches over a million students across the country.Matthew has spoken at numerous national and international math and education conferences, before the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and 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 Principal Officer

"For 18 years, 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 are starting to receive national recognition, having recently been endorsed by the national Business Roundtable, Change the Equation and 100kin10. Today, we're reaching more children, in more places, at more ages than ever before with the launch of our MathMINDs Initiative, In 2014, MIND Research Institute launched this MathMINDs Initiative aimed at bringing math to life through family-friendly events, applied learning opportunities, student centered activities and community engagement events. In an effort to take math outside of the classroom, MIND hosts various family experiences such as Family Math Nights, Math Fairs, and collaborations with other non-profits for Summer Math Camps. The purpose is to engage students and their parents 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 where 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?