Five foundational concepts that underlie the Agile Mind approach to education

To date, Agile Mind has served nearly four million students and 35,000 educators. Here is how we approach our work.

1) Comprehensive, aligned system for teaching and learning

Agile Mind programs are much more than a digital curriculum. They include a complete set of tools to help teachers work most effectively and to enable students to take responsibility for their learning:

  • Job-embedded professional development with just-in-time support, lesson plans, and high-yield strategies built with the support of teachers
  • Rigorous, coherent course curricula built for our next-generation standards, enriched by animations, multiple representations, and simulations of central concepts
  • Comprehensive practice, homework, and test preparation resources
  • Rich formative assessments, many automatically graded
  • Real-time data and reports on the progress of effort and learning

More than a decade of research shows that a comprehensive alignment of instructional resources correlates positively and powerfully to student achievement and teacher satisfaction. For details on Agile Mind course programs, click here.

2) Teachers at the heart of instructional leadership

Agile Mind programs were explicitly designed to equip teachers and leaders with resources worthy of the challenges they face every day. We use 21st century technologies to provide the tools, knowledge, and support teachers need to elevate their practice for all of the students they serve. For more information on our supports for teachers, click here.

3) Built for next-generation standards, not just aligned to them 

Agile Mind’s foundational research and development partner, the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, has been involved from inception in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—and in the deeper learning they represent. Leveraging that knowledge and expertise, our programs have been built from the ground up to incorporate the vision as well as the requirements of these next-generation standards. Our professional development services are specifically designed to address the practice and content standards envisioned by the CCSSM and college readiness requirements.

4) Explicit design for 21st Century Skills

Core to Agile Mind’s pedagogical approach is the knowledge that 21st century skills (also called “non-cognitive factors”), such as motivation, positive self-belief, and productive persistence, are fundamental to a student’s success in school, college, and career. Agile Mind mathematics and science programs are all designed to incorporate breakthrough findings in the learning sciences, neuroscience, and psychology on these non-cognitive factors and their effect on how students learn. These concepts are explicitly taught in our family of Academic Youth Development programs.

5) Embedded formative assessments

A rich body of research indicates that formative assessment—in which teachers collect and analyze data on student progress to inform instructional decisions over the course of a lesson, unit or marking period—produces greater growth in student achievement above virtually any other improvement effort. Every Agile Mind course program encompasses thousands of formative assessments, most of which can be automatically graded and reported in real time, providing instantaneous, targeted feedback for learners while enabling teachers to use data to impact instructional decisions in the moment. To date, more than 2 million students have engaged more than 1 billion times with our embedded assessment tasks. Because of our pioneering work in developing and testing next-generation assessments, we were invited to co-develop the assessment prototypes with the Dana Center for the PARCC consortia. For examples, please visit the assessment section of the Mathematics Common Core Toolbox.