Professional development for educators by educators
The eMINTS National Center offers professional development programs created by educators for educators. Leading experts at the University of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education have collaborated to produce programs that
· inspire educators to use instructional strategies powered by technology
· engage students in the excitement of learning
· enrich teaching to dramatically improve student performance
Programs range from short-term, customized awareness sessions (including online options) to full school or organizational-wide implementations requiring a long term commitment. Professional development geared to the needs and interests of preK-16 educators is delivered either by eMINTS staff or locally-based trainers who have completed eMINTS "train-the-trainer" certification.
Transforming preK-16 education through technology requires changes in the skill levels of both teachers and learners. Today's students demand learning tasks that challenge and stimulate them as they use technology tools to acquire knowledge and skills for the 21st century.
eMINTS instructional model
eMINTS changes how teachers teach and students learn. Its instructional model provides a research-based approach to organizing instruction and can be implemented in any subject area at any level. The eMINTS instructional model enables educators to
· create classrooms where all students are motivated to succeed socially and academically,
· fully incorporate technology investments into teaching and learning,
· complement existing preK-16 curriculum with critical-thinking requirements found in national, state and local curriculum standards and
· build enthusiasm and creativity into daily teaching.
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· More than 38,000 students in 2,000+ classrooms, grades 3-12, learn the eMINTS way every day across Missouri, Maine, Utah, Nevada and Alabama with more joining the adventure soon.
· Two Missouri universities are incorporating eMINTS into their pre-service teacher education programs.
· eMINTS named in new federal educational technology legislation, ATTAIN, in May 2007.
· eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development awarded International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment in 2005.
· U.S. Department of Education recognized the eMINTS National Center and Peabody Elementary, a St. Louis, MO, eMINTS school, in its 2004 National Educational Technology Plan, "Toward a New Golden Age in Education."
The eMINTS National Center recognized in the 2004 National Ed Tech Plan's success stories in the categories of Leadership and Teacher Training.
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eMINTS professional development programs are proven valuable and effective.
· Insure that significant investments in technology translate into improved student performance.
· Provide strategies that produced statistically significant differences on state-wide tests for Missouri third- and fourth-grade eMINTS students when compared to students not enrolled in eMINTS.
· eMINTS students in subgroups (special education, low income, Title 1) reduce up to half of differences in test scores attributable to subgroup classification.
· Help teachers meet NCLB highly-qualified teacher criteria.
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Leading and collaborating
The eMINTS National Center is advised by representatives of the stakeholders invested in the program. This advisory board provides guidance to the Director in the areas of policy formation, strategic planning, fiscal planning and resource development, and ensuring overall program accountability.
The eMINTS National Center is a collaborative program developed by the University of Missouri, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
eMINTS began in Missouri - its name an acronym for the project enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies. Today eMINTS can be found in classrooms across the United States and — beginning in 2008 — in New South Wales, Australia.
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