MIND Expansion: Ed Publisher Moves into Southeast

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At the FETC 2008 conference in Orlando, FL, non-profit education research and publishing organization MIND Research Institute announced Thursday that it's expanding its operations into the southeastern United States. The move allows the firm to offer its visual math courseware programs in Florida and eight other southeastern states.

The MIND Research Institute is the developer of the ST Math series of technology-based educational software, which until recently targeted only elementary-level math. In October the company expanded that line to include an e-learning tool for middle- and high-school students called ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental, which focuses on students in grades 6 and higher in need of math intervention. The ST Math software uses game-based instruction to lead students through math concepts aligned with individual state standards and to develop problem-solving skills.

Through its expansion, MIND is making its K-12 programs available in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Three schools in the Loudon County School District in Tennessee have signed up for the program so far. Sissy Foster, special education supervisor for Loudon County, said the programs are being used with the district's "struggling learners."

"One child in 7th grade [whom] I have watched struggle through every grade is now excelling because of the visual presentation of the math concepts in ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental and is now a math helper in his class," she said in a statement released at FETC. "I am very familiar with the individual struggles of our students, so I know how much the program is helping them improve in math."

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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