JRL Enterprises, Inc., creators of the U.S. Department of Education-recognized I CAN Learn® Program, today announced the appointment of Juliana Mims as their new Executive Director of Research. In her new role, Ms. Mims will offer continuing oversight to the company’s dedication in adhering to scientifically based research in helping students, especially at-risk and minority students, master algebra — the gateway course to every Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degree.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to contribute to the challenging work of educating our nation’s children,” said Ms. Mims. “It is critical that educators use programs that are not merely ‘research based.’ What we want are programs that are ‘research proven to be effective’ through rigorous, peer-reviewed, scientifically based research studies. And that is exactly what I can help to identify here.” Ms. Mims’s initial focus will be to work with the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) to support their historically important Million Student Algebra Study. This study is designed to identify effective algebra programs, usable at a nationwide scale, that are available to educators to help close the achievement gap for African American students. Such programs can reduce the dropout rate, increase high school graduation rates, and better prepare African America students for STEM degrees and careers.

About JRL Enterprises JRL Enterprises is the private provider of the I CAN Learn® Program, a full-curriculum mathematics software solution currently used in hundreds of schools and colleges nationwide. This self-paced, mastery-based instructional technology is fully aligned to Common Core State Standards for math studies from 5th grade through Algebra and has received the What Works Clearinghouse’s highest rating of “Positive Effects” on math achievement. 

About NABSE Founded in 1970, NABSE is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African-American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.