Creating Equitable Impact 

During fiscal year 2023, MIND Education and MIND Research made great strides in furthering our mission to mathematically equip all students to solve the world’s most challenging problems, and ensuring all students have equitable access to learning. We invested in the development of our new, innovative core math curriculum, InsightMath which, like ST Math, leverages the innate, visual reasoning we all have to make sense of math the way the brain learns. In addition, our extensive research conclusively showed that students across all groups who use ST Math have higher state math scores. More than ever before, we are accelerating learning and creating a learning environment where all kids are empowered to say, “I am a math person.” 
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To Our Partners

As I reflect on fiscal year 2023 and on the progress and accomplishments it holds, I am deeply energized, hopeful, and confident. We are making profound impact and progress, and next year holds big promise.  

Over this year, we made great investments in our new, innovative core curriculum product, InsightMath, and we could not be more excited about bringing it to the market with field testing beginning in the 2024 school year. There is no other program that can bring equitable access to learning math the way InsightMath is designed to perform; uniquely drawing on students' natural intuition to make sense of math the way the brain learns. Teachers will be able to deliver highly effective, quality instruction with ease, and students will be empowered to discover the joy of math. This is a pivotal moment in ensuring our students catch up and surpass the continued decline in math scores across the country. 

This year, we employed more rigorous methods than ever before in our research to reveal ST Math’s unparallelled equity of impact with a study that showed students across all subgroups who use ST Math have higher scores on their state assessment. In addition, we brought additional new products to market to support the learning environment: ST Math Tutoring Powered by VIPTeacher, accelerates learning through online high-impact, grade-level tutoring; ST Math Camp, an after-school or summer program that builds student agency in an expanded learning environment; and, ST Math Assessment Support Tool, providing data driven instruction based on assessment scores for students who need extra support. And some exciting news: We were recognized with not one, but two CODiE Awards for Education Technology: Best Learning Recovery Tool and Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for PK-8. 

I am so proud of the work we are doing and of the deep dedication of our teams, donors, and partners. Our unwavering commitment is stronger than ever. We are holding ourselves accountable and staying true to our mission: ensuring all kids are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.  

I am so thankful for your continued support and partnership. Together, we can universally, and radically shift the way we teach and learn math. Imagine it! A world where every student, every person, has the confidence to say, “I am a math person.”



Brett Woudenberg
Chief Executive Officer
MIND Education & MIND Research Institute


Equitable Impact for All Students

A study conducted by MIND Research Institute shows that students who used the ST Math program made significantly higher gains in math proficiency. The study, which included over 160,400 students across Texas, found a 13.6 percentage point advantage in growth in percent of students achieving “Meets” or “Masters” on the 2022 STAAR for students who used ST Math with fidelity. Whether they are above or below grade level, classified as gifted and talented or students with disabilities, English learners or native English speakers, all students have equitable access to learning when they experience math the way the brain learns.

ST Math Resources

With this year’s equitable impact theme in mind, we included a variety of content to support teachers and administrators as they work with all students regardless of their background. We remain thought leaders in the science of learning math, and continue to provide many other innovative and expanded learning resources—including our high-impact online tutoring solution—to empower students as they begin or continue their ST Math journey. 

With tremendous support from our partners, ST Math continued to reach more students, teachers, and schools than ever before.










ST Math Awards

Hard work and determination do not go unnoticed here at MIND. Every one of our team members has made significant contributions to the success of ST Math. We are proud to showcase our awards and recognitions as a reminder that MIND strives for excellence. Most importantly, we aim to equip all students with an effective and powerful educational tool. 


Best Learning Recovery Tool

Best Mathematics Instructional Solution for Grades PK-8



Best of Show


Primary Education 


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Top Rated Non-Profit

ST Math digital certification

The Proof Is in the Promise

This February, our ST Math program earned the research-based design product certification from Digital Promise. This product certification is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators, educators, and families, looking for evidence of research-based educational technology (edtech) products. MIND is one of 13 companies selected to be the first recipients of the Research-Based Design product certification.

Learn more about the certification

Math Learning That Stands the Test of Time 

meriden-cbsnews2-1Meride Public Schools received national attention for maintaining high math achievement during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meriden Public Schools had a comprehensive approach to math instruction which included a visual instructional program that allows students to build their problem-solving skills and persevere. When Covid hit and students transitioned to distance learning, they were still able to play ST Math. School districts nationwide eventually saw a decline, but math scores remained high for many schools in Meriden, CT.

Read the Full Success Story

Reimagining Math Education to Create Greater Impact

In building out our thought leadership content, we focused on identifying key topics that are important to administrators and educators. MIND participated in podcasts and speaking engagements that not only enriched our continued growth as math education experts but also ensured that they resonated with the education community as a whole. Topics like the science of learning math, accelerated learning, equity, high-impact tutoring, and improving math instruction remained front and center for us.



We had multiple conversations with LeiLani Cauthen from The Learning Counsel podcast to discuss today's important topics in math education.



We sponsored the Science of Learning Math community on edWeb and hosted several webinars that resonated with educators. EdWeb Community Science of Learning Math»



We published our ebook, How to Accelerate Learning with Neuroscience, to explore how the science of learning math can help guide students to effectively accelerate their math achievement.

Nationwide Impact

This year, third-party independent research firm WestEd conducted a nationwide study of ST Math that was the largest of its kind to evaluate an edtech program. Researchers used an innovative method to normalize school performance across state lines, evaluating how a school ranked on their standardized math test performance within their state before and after adopting ST Math. The study found schools that consistently used ST Math outgrew similar schools by 14 percentile points in statewide ranking. 

Listen to "WestEd and Repeatable Results in EdTech Evaluation" on Spreaker.

Explore WestEd Study


A Community to Engage All Students

This year, we continued to see strong community engagement while deepening connections with students, teachers, and families. It was exciting to see JiJi making the rounds and bringing math joy to schools and classrooms across the country. As we celebrate math culture year-round, we're inspired to see all the different ways JiJi fans have creatively influenced their math journey.



Through public-private partnerships, we brought the excitement of math to youth, families and communities both in and out of the classroom. 



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Programs and Events




MIND's Math WeekMath Week is all about connecting! We partner with schools, districts, and/or county offices and offer a program to engage families in meaningful math activities which can be done from the comfort of home. This program comes at no cost to the participants, thanks to donor support. Families engage in MathMINDs stories that combine the best of storytelling and mathematics. The stories derive inspiration from cultural traditions originating in Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. Each story explains how games are played, and new ones are made available throughout Math Week.Dive Into Math Week »


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JiJi Day


JiJi Day has been an essential annual event in our ST Math community, and celebrations have been a highlight on our calendar for many years. We were amazed to see how schools nationwide uniquely celebrated JiJi and warmly welcomed our penguin mascot into their schools. In addition to designing several fun classroom activities that could be used in the classroom or at home, we also created ways for everyone to participate and celebrate our beloved ST Math penguin.  See How We Celebrated »



The Paco Bazaar Gift


Giving back to the community has always been at the heart of MIND's mission. We recognize educators' tremendous impact on student learning and are grateful for all the efforts these teachers and administrators have made to ensure their students have a brighter future. Each time we gather for our organization-wide conference, MIND artists and designers create limited edition and one-of-a-kind art pieces to raise money for school projects. With the money we raised this year, we were able to give to two different schools! See How We Celebrated »



MMPS Celebrates District Rollout of ST Math


Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is Wisconsin's largest school district, serving over 77,000 K-12 students. Its mission is to accelerate student achievement by improving access to grade-level curricula for college and career readiness. Working with MIND, MPS made ST Math available in every one of their elementary and middle schools and select high schools. The program is a tier-one intervention supplemental math program and is available to all MPS students.  Watch the MPS District-Wide ST Math Rollout »


MIND’s 2023 Annual ST Math User Conference




This year’s ST Math User Conference was chock-full of amazing learning opportunities. Everyone who participated, from educators to district administrators, was ready to accelerate learning in 2023 and beyond. With our thought leaders and mathematics speakers, we offered helpful ideas, strategies, and resources to ensure schools have the tools they need to support their students in achieving mathematical success.  Read a Recap of the Event »


ST Math Challenges



Schools that wanted to start the year with strong implementation, encourage their usage of ST Math over the summer, or just foster a love of problem solving could find an ST Math challenge for any (and all) occasions. We loved seeing teachers and administrators share their ST Math-learning journeys with us on social media. We also know that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to every school's unique goals and student needs, so we put together a toolkit to encourage schools to create their own challenges for the coming year!  Explore How School’s Can Design a Unique ST Math Usage Challenge »

MIND Partners For Greater Impact


During the 2022/23 school year, the ST Math School Grants Program for Massachusetts, funded by the One8 Foundation, had its strongest year yet. The 244 schools in the program ended the year with an average ST Math completion rate of 82%! One powerful component of the program that contributed to this success was the educator-led learning over the course of the year, our Champion Programming. During in-person Champion Days and virtual Champion Hours, ST Math educators presented sessions that they created, sharing ideas and resources they developed with others. With so many schools making tremendous progress toward a goal of 80% average progress across their schools, we began to ask schools to think about how to support ALL students to achieve 80%. Studley Elementary in Attleboro Public Schools attacked this challenge with gusto, ultimately getting 86% of their students to achieve 80% or more on ST Math. Their school leaders have been tremendously focused on supporting teachers to look at individual student data and conduct coaching cycles to support their student learners to achieve these goals. Thank you to the One8 Foundation for helping us achieve this milestone and develop best practices for the teachers and students in Massachusetts and beyond! 



Thanks to generous funding from Verizon, over 40,000 students at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools received access in the 2022/23 school year to ST Math. From deep learning during professional development sessions to collaborative community events, the partnership provides teaching and learning opportunities that transform math education. One success story belongs to a group of middle school students attending Mater Academy Mountain Vista who presented their celebrations and feedback at ST Math’s “Accelerate Learning” User Conference in February 2023. The students showcased their teachers’ innovative instructional strategies, modeled best practices of virtual presentations, and proposed relevant feedback on the ST Math platform. After hearing the comments and testing the requested feature updates, MIND’s Engineering Team incorporated their idea into the program and recognized the students for their remarkable impact and creative problem solving.



Phillips 66 is a positive, powerful steward for the communities in which their employees live and work, and their concern for schools and students is evident in their support for ST Math.  Thanks to their strong focus on social impact, last year Phillips 66 shared the gift of strong math foundations with over 120 schools in 10 key states across the country, helping over 52,000 students gain the skills required for academic success and meaningful STEM careers.  To further build a robust mathematical culture at the Phillips 66-funded schools, the company supported 24 Family Math Nights in which families were invited to “play math” with their children, inspiring opportunities for parents and students come together to learn and love math. 




In the 2022/23 school year, the John Deere Foundation’s partnership with MIND reached over 34,000 students, the majority of which are underserved, in Iowa, Illinois, and Georgia. One of the districts seeing tremendous gains with the program is Waterloo Community School District, the seventh largest district in Iowa. Thanks to the Foundation's funding of ST Math in Waterloo’s 11 elementary schools, students showed significant growth in math proficiency outcomes. The district is seeing positive correlations between results on ST Math and their post assessments. In addition, their 3rd - 5th grade students experienced an increase of almost 6% on the 2023 Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP).



Thanks to  grant funding from the Pacific Life Foundation, students at Red Hill Elementary School in Tustin Unified School District are benefiting powerfully from the power of ST Math.  MIND recently published a success story about this implementation featuring principal Teri Malpass, a former teacher that has been using ST Math for 17 years, first in her own classroom and now as an administrator. Malpass shares her enthusiasm for the program, her focus on an increase in both student confidence and achievement, and the school’s outstanding results – the equivalent of 5 years of growth in a single year.  



For more than 70 years, Ford Motor Company has been upholding students and education with a special focus on serving underrepresented communities.  Here at MIND, their grant funding is empowering children at one of the nation’s leading after school programs, Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) with the benefits of ST Math.  The DBG provides a roster of both athletic and academic opportunities for under-served children, an array of wrap-around programs including not just sports, but tutoring, classroom support, and nutrition, instilling both life skills and self-confidence.  With a 100% high school graduation record, MIND is proud to be a part of the DBG curriculum and thanks Ford for their ongoing support.

Thank you to our Partners!

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Life at MIND

In many ways, this was a big year for MIND colleagues. If you ask each MINDer what was so great about 2023, you will likely receive a different response—and that's a good thing. We at MIND have many reasons to celebrate the past year, and with the many accomplishments we've seen collectively as a MIND family, we're more than thrilled to share them all. Here is a peek into life at MIND in 2023.

Achieving Equitable Impact through the Science of Learning Math 

The past few years have seen challenges for educators and students alike. At MIND, we are more convinced than ever that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

With over 25 years of scientific research and through the development of innovative, visually based game technology, MIND has worked to revolutionize the way students learn math. As we lean into our second quarter century, we will continue to evolve and improve in our pursuit to ensure success and achievement for all students.

Constant innovation. Ongoing self-reflection. An insistence on robust data and rigorous research. And a deep confidence in the power of neuroscience to light the way. MIND will continue to adhere to these principles as we look forward to the next 25 years on our quest to mathematically equip all students to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Together, let’s be brave for the sake of our nation’s students. Let’s be bold by daring to alter the way we approach math education. 

Let’s turn the national math crisis into a remnant of the past.  

To learn more about MIND's mission, programs, and impact, please contact socialimpact@mindresearch.org.