National Math Foundation, Inc.

Learning Through Movement

Ithaca, NY   |  www.nationalmathfoundation.org

Mission

The National Math Foundation (NMF), a 501(c) 3 public charity that is dedicated to empowering communities to work towards the goal of ensuring that ALL Americans, regardless of age, race, socio-economic class, and gender are competent and confident in their math ability and have sufficient skill to be able to use math effectively in their job. Our mission is to foster exercise, healthy eating, and learning through movement as a means to develop a community of math literate members. The goal of the NMF is to boost math and reading ability through offering movement-based learning programs for students and adults in health/wellness/physical education/math and literacy education.

Ruling year info

2016

Program Manager

Mr. Kirby Schoephoerster

Main address

Po Box 4226

Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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EIN

46-1116885

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Corps Member Training & Residency Programs

A growing partnership between colleges/universities/schools/workforce programs with teacher training and NMF) initially in NY but open to others with prior training/relationships
• Trains Corps Member:
• Orients School Staff:
• Corps Member Provides Direct Service in School:
Current and Retired teachers may also become Corps members and run events and activities in regions as consultants.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The National Math Foundation (NMF) hosts an innovative 4 day Summer Institute teacher training (open to orgs as well) with a concurrent youth program for children featuring a variety of professional development topics. Students & teachers explore math concepts and teachers become certified in
the Math & Movement program and receive credit hours. Institutes are by geographic region.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Fundraiser planning. Build fluency, have fun and fundraise for a good cause at the same time!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Family Fun Nights are a great way to introduce parents and other community organizations to the methods and activities and train volunteers. These can be simple 2 hour activities or larger marathon events.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth

Kids across the country will return to ‘hybrid’ classrooms next semester, thus the implementation of kinesthetically-enhanced playgrounds will give kids every opportunity to practice their numeracy skills as they transition between classrooms (remote and in-person) and while playing outside! These materials include indoor and outdoor mathematics decals as well as stencils for parking lots/pavement/sidewalks. Sensory pathways help address the critical needs of individual students in each grade level. Kids are in dire need of a way to help them focus, and studies show that ‘sensory pathways’ help students stay on task within a particular discipline. Sensory pathways also help students with high energy levels who need to get their “wiggles” out. Movement-based learning has also been found to help students with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) build self-confidence, overcome personal social-emotional obstacles, and reach their academic potential.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Teachers

The success of kinesthetic learning can be seen through dramatic improvements in the test scores of students in elementary schools. The impressive increases in math literacy and reading skills are a testament to the efficacy of the strategies and activities. By reinforcing math and reading concepts through tactile learning, test scores improve along with a basic sense of confidence. Through motion, kinesthetic learning establishes a mind-body connection, which gives every child an equal chance to succeed. For this project, we will collect, analyze, and report data to demonstrate the level of success the students achieve in math and reading.
• Data Collection. Part of a Corps Member’s responsibilities will be completing data collection within their designated classrooms. Pre- and post-testing methods will be used before and after participating in kinesthetic learning. A checklist will facilitate teachers’ documentation of what strategies were included and for how long (documentation assists our outcome evaluation and also provides teachers with the record they need for Common Core implementation).
● Improvement in Scores. The expanded data collection process will demonstrate improvement in students’ math and reading scores. The goal of using kinesthetic teaching strategies is to utilize movement-based learning strategies to make mathematics and reading more accessible for all students. Success will be measured through the comparison of pre- and post-testing strategies. Math assessment will demonstrate the number of problems students are able to solve in a specified period of time before and after benefiting from kinesthetic learning.

Lesson Plan Archives: We will begin collecting an archival selection of lesson plans from teachers. These will be available to teachers via website. Teachers benefitting from NMF scholarships will be expected to contribute materials and assessement tracking data.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

This project is a direct response to the transition to virtual schooling as a result of COVID-19. We aim to give parents/guardians a strong foundation and integrate kinesthetic learning into their child’s daily activities while learning from home. Our goal is to collaborate with local partners to reach and supply as many families as possible with necessary, COVID-safe learning materials and professional training.

Population(s) Served
Parents

The NMF is providing scholarships to teachers nationwide for training and learning materials to combat the negative impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences plaguing their students. We aim to provide 200 high-need teachers scholarships to attend ACEs training webinars and acquire valuable resources over the course of 10 months leading up to (and beyond) the Summer Institute. Participants will learn about trauma-informed teaching, how trauma affects students, how to make sense of their students’ behavior, as well as strategies that promote students’ feeling safe, appreciated, loved, and valued.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Children and youth
Families
Teachers

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The National Math Foundation serves families, children, teachers, and schools directly through events, sponsorships, grants, and professional training, focusing primarily on high-need student populations. Over the past eight years the National Math Foundation has served more than 200 schools in grades K-8 nationwide. We are currently living in dire, unprecedented times, and due to COVID-19 our team has transformed our business model. Rather than onsite training, we now offer virtual training. The virtual training has expanded our customer base to parents and to a global community of educators.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The National Math Foundation is adapting to the reality of COVID-19, and we recognize the new troubles it brings for young students, teachers, and parents nationwide, which is why we have doubled our efforts and committed ourselves to expanding our curriculum and materials to virtual platforms in order to reach and educate as many people as possible about the necessity of kinesthetic learning. Schools have been impacted tremendously by the pandemic, and as a result it is our daily duty to continue to make sure that students do not fall through the cracks in their learning of essential skills.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The relationship with the people we serve has not changed or shifted power due to our requesting for feedback; the National Math Foundation acts as a learning hub for educators, so power has always remained in the hands of teachers who reach out to us to ask for support or resources. Feedback from these educators is invaluable in that it helps us better streamline our support and our communication with local partners - we are always eager to learn more about what we could be doing better to help our schools.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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National Math Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kenneth Harris

Guthrie MEdical Group

Term: 2016 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mrs Suzanne Kuntz

Learn Thru Movement, Inc.

Term: 2016 - 2021

Millicent Clarke-Maynard

Retired Public School Teacher

Suzanne Kuntz

Learn Thru Movement, Inc.

Ken Harris

Guthrie Medical Group

Joe Piskorowski

Piskorowski DDS

Courtney Vaughan

Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Ag Tec Australasia, Inc.

Rudyard Ceres

Managing Partner at Ceres Law P.C.

Jason Goldstein

Managing Director, Financial Strategies, Clear Path Financial

Dave Dillon

Senior Vice President & Principal, Lewis & Ellis Inc.

Nitin Bajaj

Associate of the Brattle Group

Hardi Jones

Retired EEO/Civil Rights Director, Oceanographer, Office of Chief Counsel I.R.S.

Aakash Saraiya

Medical Specialist at Google Health

Varun Garg

Sr. Program Manager at Google Communications

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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