Hyundai and High Point Elementary Students Celebrate Launch of New Blended
Learning Initiative at Pinellas County Schools
Hyundai's Grant Will Benefit Three Local Schools to Improve Math Education
CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hundreds of students,
educators and community leaders celebrated a grant to improve math education
from Hyundai Motor America on Sept. 27 at High Point Elementary School. This
latest grant from Hyundai's ST Math Initiative will support a unique,
research-based blended learning math program at three schools in the Pinellas
County Schools. Hyundai executives and PCS representatives were on hand for a
celebratory assembly and ribbon cutting ceremony, where students also
demonstrated their new math program.
About 2,000 students and 75 teachers at High Point, Belcher and Bardmoor
elementary schools will benefit from Hyundai's initiative, which enables the
schools to implement the unique ST Math® program that includes visually-based
instructional software, teacher training and ongoing educational support for
kindergarten through fifth grade.
"We're grateful to Hyundai for this opportunity to expand access to a proven
tool that will deepen our students' mathematical understanding and
problem-solving abilities," said Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., Superintendent of
PCS. "We see tremendous potential for ST Math to help our students succeed
today and in the future."
Pinellas is one of four school districts across the country selected to
participate in the Hyundai ST Math Initiative beginning this fall. Others
include Chicago, New York City and Spring, Texas. The initiative builds on
Hyundai's previous support, which includes grants to put ST Math in six
schools in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., and Washington, D.C.
"Hyundai understands the importance of fostering the next generation of
problem-solvers who can develop innovative solutions to difficult challenges,"
said Zafar Brooks, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity
Inclusion at Hyundai Motor America. "That's exactly what we're doing with MIND
Research Institute's game-changing ST Math program and the help of local
The ST Math instructional software introduces math concepts via visual
puzzles, with symbols and words appearing later, making the program equally
accessible and challenging for all students, regardless of language
proficiency. Following a blended learning model, students learn at their own
pace with ST Math in computer labs, and then their teachers connect the
puzzles to math concepts in the classroom lessons. Research shows that schools
using the ST Math program have on average doubled or tripled students' growth
in math proficiency on state math tests.
"We're excited to have Hyundai partnering with MIND and school districts that
share our vision of transforming math education," said Matthew Peterson,
co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of MIND Research Institute. "Today, the
energy at Highpoint was palpable, so now we need to continue working together
to channel that into student success."
About the Hyundai ST Math Initiative
The Hyundai ST Math Initiative will benefit over 6,000 students and 200
teachers in Chicago; New York City; Spring, Texas and Pinellas, Florida.
Hyundai Motor America is providing grants to 15 high-need elementary schools
in these markets to provide a unique research-based ST Math instructional
software, teacher training and ongoing educational support. The visually-based
ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools' growth rates in
math proficiency. Follow updates at the hashtag #HyundaiLovesJiJi.
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that
all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging
problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is
the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary
and secondary schools. MIND's programs currently reach over 500,000 students
and 21,000 teachers in more than 1,780 schools in 30 states. For more
information, visit www.mindresearch.net.
About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance
Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care
services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform,
complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision
Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly
Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling. For more details on
Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.
About Pinellas County Schools
The Pinellas County School district is located on Florida's west coast along
the Gulf of Mexico and is part of the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas County Schools
is the seventh-largest district in the state and the 26th-largest in the
nation. The school district is the largest employer in Pinellas County with
17,000 staff who serve nearly 104,000 pre-K through 12th-grade students. For
more information on Pinellas County Schools, please visit www.pcsb.org.
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CONTACT: Abby Daniels
MIND Research Institute
Melanie Marquez Parra
Pinellas County Schools
Hyundai Motor America
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