Virtual Training

Kinesthetic Strategies to Boost Student Achievement and Wellness

Considering that COVID-19 is regaining traction as schools reopen, it is imperative that we prioritize students and their families who are most threatened by the pandemic and who are already struggling to learn math with outdated and inefficient learning modalities.

By adding playful fun to learning, the National Math Foundation’s approach is breaking the mold of traditional teaching techniques – a mold that needs to change now more than ever. Students of color, students of diverse economic backgrounds, students with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and students with learning disabilities all need – and all deserve – just as much support in their learning as their peers. All students, regardless of their socio-economic background, not only deserve to experience success, but can experience success in mathematics and reading.

These webinars will cover movement-based programming that will reach these students and ensure that their confidence in their math and reading abilities will flourish.

Target audience: Members of foundations and corporations with missions to help with childhood obesity, underprivileged youth, and other education-based purposes. Teachers and school administrators are also welcome to attend.

What You Will Learn In This Training

The background of the National Math Foundation (NMF)

Current NMF projects (ex. Mighty Multiplication, package grants)

The concerns of students learning at home and how the NMF can help

The Presenters


Suzy Koontz is the Founder and CEO of Math & Movement. She is an actuary, an educational consultant, a math teacher, and the creator of over 150 kinesthetic teaching tools. As the author of over 15 books, Suzy’s passion is helping students recognize their ability to learn and helping them lead healthier lives while achieving academic success. Suzy’s mission is for ALL students to be on grade level in math and reading.

Kirby Schoephoerster

Kirby Schoephoerster is the Program Manager for the National Math Foundation. Kirby holds a BA and MA in Classical Studies from St. Olaf College and Washington University in St. Louis respectively. During his academic career, Kirby held numerous positions including assistant instructor, academic researcher, language lab instructor, Latin/Greek tutor, and educational outreach coordinator. He was also elected by his peers to the position of vice-president of the St. Olaf chapter of Eta Sigma Phi (the National Classics Honor Society) and president of the Society for Ancient History.

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