Zeno believes that with the self-confidence and skills gained by experiencing math in unique and unexpected ways, a person’s possibilities are infinite.
Mission: Zeno is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a sustainable math culture in elementary school communities.
Vision: Zeno envisions elementary school communities across the US where every child can succeed in math and experience the infinite possibilities of what math can do.
What is a Math Culture?
As a community, we wouldn’t find it acceptable to hear, “I was never very good at reading, ” or “You know, reading just isn’t my thing.” And yet we’ve come to accept a world where it’s okay to say “I’ve never been good at math.” The prevalence of statements like this is what creates a negative math culture. This acceptance creates an absence of environments and opportunities where kids can build positive relationships with math. Too many kids are closing the door on math at an early age and limiting their potential.
Zeno is changing the game.
We work directly where elementary kids learn, live and play because it’s here that our attitudes about math and about ourselves are formed. By starting at the source, by starting from the ground up, we’re creating a positive math culture. By connecting with math early and often—we can develop confident, curious kids who are Math Powered.
According to the Community Center for Education Results (CCER) Road Map Project, 4th grade math proficiency is a key indicator to graduate from high school – college and career ready. But, the OSPI 2011/12 WA State report Card shows us the following progress:
- Only 59% of 4th graders are meeting WA State math standards
- Among low-income students, only 44% are meeting WA State math standards
By connecting with math early and often—we can develop confident, curious kids who are Math Powered.
What does it mean to be Math Powered? Imagine If…
…A seven year-old girl had been encouraged to find ways to use math in more than just math class. Would she enjoy music more? Have a deeper understanding of biology? Believe in her own ability to learn?
…An elementary teacher who struggled with math throughout her own education found a new, fun way to teach multiplication? Would her students learn more? Who would she inspire? What would her students become?
…The father of a ten year-old was able to re-learn fractions, something he’d never quite understood in school? Would his new knowledge impact his son? Could they learn together? Would it deepen their own relationship?