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Fairmont school shows potential of math initiative

Times West Virginian photo by Rachel Hawkins Gerald L. Bacza, the dean of the Pierpont Community & Technical College School of Business, Aviation and Technology, chats with a second-grade student about his math work.
Times West Virginian photo by Rachel Hawkins
Gerald L. Bacza, the dean of the Pierpont Community & Technical College School of Business, Aviation and Technology, chats with a second-grade student about his math work.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — East Dale Elementary School opened its second-grade classroom Thursday to demonstrate the success of Reasoning Mind to state and local officials who are working toward creating a network for STEM education.

Representatives from both Marion and Harrison County boards of education, as well as state senators and delegates and officials from Pierpont Community & Technical College, arrived Thursday morning at the elementary school to view how the school has implemented Reasoning Mind into its curriculum and learn more about the program.

 One of the reasons for Thursday’s visit was to discuss the possibility of establishing a future network centered around the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

Reasoning Mind would be one of four planned partners — teaming up with Pierpont, West Virginia University and the North Central West Virginia Community and Technical College/Career and Technical Education Consortium — that will focus on providing an increased interest in STEM education and training at all levels of education.

Reasoning Mind is a national nonprofit organization based out of Houston, Texas, that seeks to provide a “first-rate math education for every child.” Enrollment specialist Scott Darling explained to the delegates that the computer-based program is data-driven, self-based and individualized for each student’s progress. He also explained that the supplementary program teaches more than math, including skills such as vocabulary, writing, note-taking and independence.

The program began in West Virginia four years ago with two schools…

 

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