Arizona State Senator Rich Crandall and State Education Superintendent Huppenthal Join Nonprofit in Moving Math Education Forward Through Neuroscience at Math Summit

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

Dr. Matthew Peterson, co-founder of MIND Research Institute, will be joined by Arizona State Senator Rich Crandall and Arizona Department of Education Superintendent John Huppenthal at the Arizona Math Summit to discuss how a community partnership and revolutionary math education program are changing the way students learn at Arizona elementary schools. An anticipated 70 district officials, principals and community investors will hear from Dr. Peterson, a neuroscientist and creator of MINDs visually-based and proven ST Math instructional software, on how neuroscience can guide the development of effective and engaging technology-based education programs. Superintendent Huppenthal will discuss the State of Education in Arizona, highlighting programs such as ST Math that are critical to improving the educational outcomes of Arizona students, many of whom are English Language Learners. Sponsored by Microsemi Corporation, the Summit will also feature remarks by a representative from the Cisco Foundation, which provided $ 250,000 in 2011 to launch ST Math at 14 schools, and Dr. Darwin Stiffler, Superintendent of Yuma Elementary School District where 10 schools are using ST Math. Recent analysis by MIND indicated that Arizona schools participating in ST Math experienced double the growth in math proficiency on state standardized tests as non-ST Math schools.

During the Hands on ST Math session, reporters and guests will have the opportunity to play the visually-based ST Math software game puzzles on tablets.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

9:30 a.m. Remarks by Senator Rich Crandall & Superintendent John Huppenthal

9:40 a.m. The Neural Foundation for Learning Math: Dr. Matthew Peterson, MIND

10:55 a.m. Hands on with ST Math: Ivan Alfaro and Erich Zeller, MIND

11:40 a.m. State of Education in Arizona: Superintendent Huppenthal and Annie Gilbert, Director of Innovative Learning, Arizona Department of Education

12:25 a.m. Remarks by Dr. Darwin Stiffler, Superintendent, Yuma Elementary School District 1


Arizona State Senator Rich Crandall

Arizona Department of Education Superintendent John Huppenthal

Dr. Matthew Peterson, co-founder and CTO, MIND Research Institute

Dr. Darwin Stiffler, Superintendent, Yuma Elementary School District


Arizona State University Skysong

1475 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 200

Scottsdale, AZ 85257

About MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education research-based non-profit. MIND Research applies its distinctive visual approach to illustrating math concepts and building problem-solving skills as the basis for innovative, research-proven math education programs for elementary and secondary schools. MINDs programs currently reach 475,000 students and 16,000 teachers in more than 1,375 schools in 26 states. For more information, visit

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