SOI stands for Structure of Intellect.
What is our goal? Academic success.
How do we get there? By developing learning abilities one step at a time.
The Structure of Intellect (SOI) theory was developed by Dr. J.P. Guilford. He discovered that there are more than 90 different ways in which we can learn. He determined that comprehension, memory, evaluation, problem-solving, and creativity are the basic operations of learning.
Dr. Mary Meeker, a student of Guilford’s, applied Guilford’s theory to the practical needs of education. Dr. Meeker used the SOI model to design materials that develop learning abilities. She did this with the goal of all students being able to better their academic success.
SOI materials come in many forms:
- ability tests
- learning modules
- reading, math, and language curriculum
- hands-on exercises
- career counseling
- classroom programs
- gifted programs
We want to achieve two things through this blog. First, we want to make people aware of all that SOI has to offer and how they can benefit from implementing our materials. Second, we want to support our customers by sharing information about new products or programs, teaching ideas, classroom tips, tutoring suggestions, and testimonials.
Follow this blog by submitting your email address in the form found in the right-hand menu. You will be hearing from the SOI staff, who will be introduced below, as well as several SOI practitioners, who will be introduced with their first post.
Dr. Robert Meeker: President of SOI Systems
Dr. Meeker was married to Dr. Mary Meeker for 44 years and they have three daughters. Dr. Meeker received his Masters in Psychology from the University of Washington, and his Doctorate in Education from USC. He partnered with his wife, Mary, in founding SOI Systems.
Jody Brooks: General Manager
Jody began working at SOI in 1998. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 37 years; they have two sons. Jody graduated from Novato High School and attended Judson College. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), reading, traveling, and entertaining.
John Wilson: Software Development/Technical Support
John is the newest addition to the SOI staff; he was hired in 2014. He has received degrees from Western Governor’s University and the Art Institute of Seattle. John enjoys spending time with his family, programming, reading, gaming, and home brewing.
Lauren Tiniakos: Publishing/Scoring Services
Lauren began working at SOI in 2007. She and her husband, Ryan, have been married for six months. Lauren graduated from McKenzie River Christian School, and received her Associate of General Studies from Lane Community College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, baking, and being outdoors.
Diane Hochstein: President of SOI Service Company
Diane began working for SOI in 1988. She and her husband, Ken, have two children and four grandchildren. Diane enjoys family, nature, reading, and work.