QUORIA FOUNDATION

Developing a new genre of educational software we call “massively multilingual.”

Belmont, CA   |  www.quoria.org

Mission

Mission
To foster outstanding global citizenship in young people by creating practical, educational products and programs.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO / Founder

Mr. Christopher William Wright

Main address

1910 Lyon Avenue

Belmont, CA 94002 USA

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EIN

27-2696132

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Math4ALL

Quoria Foundation is dedicated to educational equity for English language learners with the goal of helping level the academic playing field for them from their first day at school. Our nonprofit is raising funding for the continuing development of Math4ALL, a math practice website and app that will be accessible in 95 languages — the languages spoken by over 99% of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools. Math4ALL will introduce a new genre of educational content we call “massively multilingual.” It will be a kindergarten through pre-algebra math software program and student assessment tool at the core of STEM — the national initiative to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This research-based program can mainstream these profoundly underserved students — the United States’ least educated student population — in this form of math.

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Goal: Reduce the achievement gap in math between English language learners (ELLs) and their native English-speaking peers in U.S. schools. Specifically, help ELLs achieve fluency and proficiency in math and provide a foundation in math that increases their interest in and capacity to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Goal: Help mainstream blind and vision impaired students — whether they speak English or one of the 94 other languages Math4ALL will be accessible in.

Math4ALL will help address multiple systemic challenges:
• Research shows that ELLs are the least educated population in U.S. schools and are critically underserved. They have a greater risk of academic underachievement and certain ELLs have had an on-time high school graduation rate as low as 49%.
• Currently, 44% of 4th-grade ELLs score “below basic" in math (the lowest category). Unfortunately, the percentage scoring “below basic" increases to 69% by the 8th grade. Such scores are significant predictors of future levels of academic achievement and outcomes in life.
• A growing body of research shows that 100% immersion education (where one's entire education takes place in the new language) is not as effective in educating ELLs as when they have access to educational materials in their native language while learning English. Although some educational products are available in Spanish, about one in four ELLs does not speak Spanish, but rather Mandarin, Vietnamese, Hindi, Korean or scores of other languages and dialects. For example, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 91 languages are spoken with 330,000 ELLs enrolled; 146 languages are spoken in the Clark County School District (Las Vegas and surrounding area and the fifth largest district in the U.S.). Plus, the diversity of languages spoken in the United States (currently at 381 languages) has increased in the last decades and the trend is continuing.

By not having math materials in their native language, far too many ELLs never have the chance to keep pace with their English-speaking peers, so they fall behind and stay behind. These students desperately need a high-quality, core STEM math tool (including assessment) in their native language.

To meet this need, Math4ALL will be accessible in 95 languages. For a large number of English language learners, this will be their first educational math tool in their native language since they started school in the United States. Math4ALL's award-winning format can engage students from their first day of school. Its unique format will demonstrate to them exactly how much they are improving, minute-by-minute, and will build their confidence. By using Math4ALL for up to ten years (given the K-9 range of its content), the likelihood of students choosing a career in the areas of STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — should increase.

Goal: Reduce the achievement gap in math between English language learners (ELLs) and other students in U.S. schools. Specifically, help ELLs achieve fluency and proficiency in math, and provide a foundation in math that increases their interest in and capacity to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Strategy 1: Create Math4ALL — In 95 Languages.

Tactic 1: Execute the software development of Math4ALL according to our project design and specifications plan. (See “Program Description" and “Capabilities" sections for details.)

Tactic 2: Conduct two rounds of pilots
Partner with schools and districts to test and fine tune Math4ALL's functionality and features. The following institutions plan to participate in our pilots:
• Oakland Unified School District.
Phil Tucher — Oakland's Math Department Chair — is very supportive of this pilot. The district's ELLs account for 30% of its students (speaking 40 languages).
• Rocketship Education, San Jose, CA.
Rocketship is gaining national attention for its use of the blended learning model and for their students' high scores on standardized tests (over 90% of the students qualify for free lunches). We are honored to have Charlie Bufalino, Rocketship's former Online Learning Specialist, on Quoria Foundation's Council of Advisors. He has been instrumental in giving us guidance on Rocketship's requirements that would enable Rocketship to incorporate Math4ALL into their curriculum at their schools nationwide.

We currently have six additional pilot sites.

Strategy 2: Seek adoption of Math4ALL in schools and school districts with large ELL populations

Tactic 1: Publicize Math4ALL to schools and districts with a high percentage of ELLs.
• Initiate a multi-faceted and compelling earned media campaign. One member of Quoria's Council of Advisors, Chip Fesko, is the head of advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation and has been in the education industry for 20 years. His expertise and connections in the U.S. education marketplace will be instrumental in gaining publicity for Math4ALL.
• Develop a coordinated and integrated digital, print, and social media campaign.
• Create marketing collateral.
• Promote Math4ALL to over 10,000 educators and 5,000 families using an education database to which we have free access.

Tactic 2: Demonstrate Math4ALL to targeted districts and schools.
• In the first three months after its release, demonstrate Math4ALL (either in person or remotely) to personnel involved with our target populations in at least 25 large school districts.
• Speak at ELL, math, blind/vision impaired, and edtech conferences, specifically, NABE, NCTM, and TCEA, among others.

Tactic 3: Compile and publish levels of improvement in math from Math4ALL's users.
• These results will come from the student progress data and peer rankings compiled from the initial users (this data is described in the “Indicators" section).

1. Leveraging award-winning concept
The core concept of Math4All is based on the award-winning Quarter Mile Math software. (Please contact Quoria for details.)

2. Experienced Team
Christopher Wright, Founder and CEO
Christopher has 28 years experience in math software development. He conceptualized Math4ALL, delineated its features, and developed its unique distribution model.

Lisa Graff, Board
Lisa was VP of Intel's PC Client Group and is responsible for Intel's desktop product line. She brings a robust knowledge of technology and a strategic market savvy to Quoria.

Katherine Rhee, Ph.D, Board
Up until 2015, Katherine was the Mathematics Coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. She oversaw the math curriculum of 23 school districts.

Vicki Sharp
Vicki is a Professor Emeritus at California State University Northridge.
She is the author of 57 books for McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and Visions Technology in Education among others.

Wylie Grieg
Wylie is a former Board President of One World Children's Fund and currently serves on its Advisory Board.

Paul Gavarini, Council of Advisors
Paul is a pioneer in the computer industry. Hired by Bill Hewlett, he was instrumental in the development of HP in Europe and the U.S. He introduced the ARM technology to Apple and has authored 13 books.

Charlie Bufalino, Council of Advisors
Charlie was the National Development Associate and Online Learning Specialist at Rocketship Education. He has been instrumental is delineating their requirements for a math practice program they would adopt.

Chip Fesko, Council of Advisors
Chip is the Senior Director of Advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation and their web site, Edutopia.org. In education publishing and advertising since 1989, he brings an insider's understanding of the U.S. education space and a wealth of contacts.

Bob McDonald, Council of Advisors
As a veteran CMO/VP of Marketing with over 25 years of experience with high-tech firms in Silicon Valley. He brings a valuable perspective and insight to the rollout of Math4ALL.

Software Development Contractors:
We've secured the services of a seasoned and proven software developer. They created the Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation) primary website.

We have selected additional highly talented technology, education, promotion, and marketing specialists.

Translation Team:
Logos Group will use their global stable of translators to translate Math4ALL.

SPIN Fellows, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford:
Quoria is honored to be chosen to participate in the Haas Center's SPIN program. We aim to have SPIN graduates populate Math4All's national rollout team.

3. Quoria to be Self-Sustaining
All of Math4All's educational content will be free. Certain optional, non-educational features will be available for a per-student micro-charge. We expect this income could eventually enable Quoria to be self-sustaining.

Progress to date

Software development:
Quoria has developed a project design specification for Math4ALL by building on the success of the Quarter Mile Math core concept. (Please contact Quoria for more details.) We've added important and impactful features and functionality that extend and expand the benefits to students.

The software company Quoria plans to use for the development of Math4ALL has completed 90% of the design of the software's architecture (the software blue print).

Translations:
Quoria has identified a top international translation company to provide the translations. In addition to their bid being very affordable, they were quite inspired by Math4ALL and its worth as a key educational tool for English language learners.

Additional contractors:
Quoria has identified experts in both the technology and education spaces ready to contribute to this transformational product. (See the Capabilities section.)

Fundraising:
Quoria has received a pledge for 5% for its first year's budget. That first year is defined as the point at which Quoria begins the formal software development of Math4ALL.

Financials

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QUORIA FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Christopher Wright

Quoria Foundation

Term: 2010 -

Christopher Wright

Quoria Foundation

Lisa Graff

Intel Corporation (Retired)

Wylie Greig

One World Children’s Fund

Vicki Sharp

California State University Northridge (Emeritus)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No