LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the community group TELACU and the education non-profit MIND Research Institute today announced a partnership that aims to boost East Los Angeles students' math skills and put them on track to becoming tomorrow's highly skilled workers. More than 1,000 students, teachers, parents and community leaders were on hand at Belvedere Elementary school to celebrate the announcement.
"Hyundai wants every child to have the ability to obtain a great education and successfully graduate," said Zafar Brooks, Director of General Affairs, Hyundai Motor America. "We believe that a STEM enriched curriculum will equip these children well for a successful future. With our non-profit partners MIND Research Institute and TELACU, we are honored to invest in an ST Math program to benefit children in East Los Angeles."Hyundai's $46,000 investment will provide students in second and third grades at Belvedere and third and fourth grades at Eastman Elementary with MIND Research Institute's cutting-edge digital math education program. Students and teachers using the program have on average doubled students' growth in math proficiency on the California Standards Test. At schools like Belvedere and Eastman with considerable populations of English Language Learners, one of ST Math's benefits is its independence from language prerequisites. Math concepts are introduced via visual puzzles, with symbols and words being introduced gradually, making the program equally accessible and challenging for native English speakers and English Language Learners. "We have to do everything in our power to ensure that our students are all proficient in math, said LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia. "Thank you Hyundai, TELACU and MIND Research Institute for your support in making this happen, we need more programs like this in every school." Beginning this fall, about 775 students at the schools will have access to the ST Math® instructional software program; approximately 30 teachers will receive professional development; and both schools will have access to ongoing educational support throughout the year. Following a blended learning model, students will learn through visual puzzles that are the hallmark of ST Math in computer labs. Then their teachers will connect the puzzles to math concepts in the classroom lessons.