Blended Learning

D.C. Public Schools To Expand Blended Math Program

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has decided to expand its use of math software for blended learning environments after a successful pilot.

The district will get funding help for the expansion of ST Math to 10 new schools from Hyundai, which also helped fund the pilot in two schools.

"Developed by neuroscientists, MIND's ST Math instructional software program provides visual, computer-based math games that support deep understanding of concepts covered by DC math standards at each grade level," according to a news release. "Because the program doesn't rely on language proficiency or prior math success, it's accessible for English Language Learners and children with learning disabilities."

Students at DCPS use the program on tablets in blended environments with teachers who have received training in connecting the games puzzles to conventional symbolic text and in encouraging students to explain their thinking to help them through problems they're struggling with.

"Hyundai is committed to helping schools improve graduation rates as well as building an inclusive new generation of critical thinkers and innovators," said Zafar Brooks, director of corporate social responsibility and diversity inclusion at Hyundai Motor America, in a prepared statement. "After seeing the proven impact on students brought about by our partnership with MIND Research Institute and DC Public Schools, we're excited to help expand the ST Math program here."