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eMINTS: High Quality Teaching Powered by Technology. Introduction 2009-2010. Acronym. enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies eMINTS4Utah eMINTS/Maine Learning Technology Initiative eMINTS in Nevada eMINTS in Illinois eMINTS in Arkansas eMINTS in Alabama

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enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies

  • eMINTS4Utah
  • eMINTS/Maine Learning Technology Initiative
  • eMINTS in Nevada
  • eMINTS in Illinois
  • eMINTS in Arkansas
  • eMINTS in Alabama
  • eMINTS in Delaware
  • eMINTS in New Jersey
  • Is your state next?
  • enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies
  • Grew from a pilot project (MINTs) in 6 St. Louis area districts, 1997-1998
  • Partners: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE), Missouri Department of Higher Education (MO DHE) and the University of Missouri
  • eMINTS now is a National Center affiliated with the University of Missouri Office of Academic Affairs

The eMINTS National Center transforms education for all learners through high-quality teaching powered by technology.

It serves as a resource center for schools and districts across the U.S. that wish to collaborate with eMINTS staff and with one another to replicate eMINTS in their educational systems – with the adaptations necessary to meet their local needs.

  • Higher levels of student performance
  • Quality parental involvement
  • Enriched instructional effectiveness
additional emints programs
Additional eMINTS Programs
  • eMINTS also provides administrative oversight:
    • e-Learning for Educators – an online professional development program providing professional learning in many content areas. See: http://www.elearning.org
demographics 2009 2010
Demographics 2009 -2010
  • 260 Missouri districts
    • 3,500 classrooms with 50,000+ students
    • Grades 3–12
    • Middle & high school implementation began 2003
    • 35% of Missouri eMINTS classrooms are district-funded
  • 10 Utah districts
  • 60 Maine districts
  • 2 Nevada districts
  • 1 Illinois district
  • 1 Arkansas district
  • 1 Alabama district
  • 1 Delaware district and 2 charter schools
what is emints
What is eMINTS?
  • Carefully selected suite of hardware and software
  • Constructivist, inquiry-based instructional practices
  • Sustained, intensive professional development and classroom visits
  • Implementation by school-based teams
  • Rigorous external formative and summative evaluation
equipment official emints classroom
Equipment Official eMINTS classroom
  • Teacher laptop and workstation
  • SMART Board™ and projector
  • Scanner, printer and digital camera
  • Computer : Student ratio
    • One computer for every two students (grades 3-6)
    • One-to-one (laptops) preferred at middle and high school levels
  • Software limited to
    • Productivity tools (i.e.,Microsoft® Office®)
    • Concept mapping tool
    • Multimedia editing tool
emints use of technology what s different
Typical Teacher-centered

Drill – electronic worksheets – WWW worksheets

Reward – when “real” work is finished

Integrated learning systems

eMINTS Student-centered

Environment for complex thinking

Collaboration with others and authentic tasks

Transforms student work beyond what used to be possible

eMINTS use of technologyWhat’s different?
emints instructional model what s different
Typical Teacher-centered

Focus on skill mastery

Scope is text-based

Subjects separated

Assessment by tests

eMINTS Student-centered

Focus on comprehension

Scope is standards-based

Subjects integrated

Assessment by a variety of projects

eMINTS instructional modelWhat’s different?
emints pd what s different

Fewer than 8 hours per year

No in-classroom support

Not easily related to current work OR overly prescriptive

Inadequate tech infrastructure


Intensive 200+ hours over 2 years

Paired with purposeful in-classroom support

Closely related to daily teaching

Teacher is decision-maker

Technology-rich classroom

eMINTS PD: What’s different?
program components
Program components
  • Multiple professional development programs support implementation of eMINTS instructional model


  • Original, primary program = eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development for Teachers
    • Face-to-face program
    • Year 1 = 100 hours + 4 full days + 10-12 classroom visits
    • Year 2 = 75 hours + 2 full days + 10-12 classroom visits
Achieving significant change in student performance requires professional development programs that are:
  • Sustained – over 2 or more years
  • Intensive – at least 250 contact hours
  • Paired with in-classroom support and other structures to insure translation from PD sessions to classroom practice (for example, eThemes)
emints pd provided by
eMINTS PD provided by
  • eMINTS staff members (in Missouri)


  • Certified eMINTS instructional specialists (in Missouri or national)
    • As participants in train-the-trainer program (PD4ETS)
    • Certified graduates of the program
    • Use eMINTS materials and methods
how does it work what does the teacher do
How does it work?What does the teacher do?
  • eMINTS teachers commit to extensive professional development and preparation time:
    • Setting up projects and developing WebQuests
    • Planning very different teaching strategies and aligning them to the curriculum so students meet district and state standards
    • Preparing students to work in cooperative groups
eMINTS teachers create/maintain a high-quality classroom website and/or internal webpages
    • Teachers take turns preparing webpages and sharing content and processes with each other
    • eMINTS teachers report less time is spent teaching “tech skills” to students than you might think – approximately 2-3 weeks at the beginning of the year for 4th graders
what do students do
What do students do?
  • Direct their own learning with gentle guidance from the teacher
  • Become more responsible for completing work because they have a say in what they are working on
  • Use computers and the Internet to create a new learning environment in their classrooms
  • Devote more time to reading for information and scanning for answers – becoming better readers who comprehend more
Increased collaboration between teachers and students generates excitement about what has been learned and how to make it all work
  • Preparing students for the future – technology literacy and how to solve problems
  • Less use of textbooks – saves money, expands resources available to students
Students learn to work together and to stay on task because they are so interested in what they are doing
  • Takes time to build a community of learners in the classroom, but then students take responsibility
  • Students are not playing games – they are enjoying their learning so much that they actually work more and thus learn more without really knowing it
why so what
Why? So what?
  • Six years of extensive data collection and analysis show statistically significant differences for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in eMINTS classrooms when compared to students not enrolled in eMINTS classrooms on the Missouri state-wide assessments of reading and mathematics.
Test results show that, on most state tests, students enrolled in eMINTS classrooms scored higher than students enrolled in non-eMINTS classrooms.
  • eMINTS4Utah replication shows same results for students in grades 4-8 on reading, mathematics and science assessments.
performance of subgroups
Performance of subgroups
  • Low-income and special education students in eMINTS classes generally score higher than their non-eMINTS peers.
    • Enrollment in an eMINTS classroom reduces the deficit for low-income students by about 45%.
    • Enrollment in an eMINTS classroom reduces the overall difference for special education students by 53%.
from an emints teacher
From an eMINTS teacher

“If I had to sum up what we went through with getting into eMINTS, it would be extensive training, really neat tech tools, collaboration, and teamwork with fellow teachers and students. Even though I have always taught using lots of manipulatives and hands-on techniques, eMINTS has dramatically changed how I teach and how my students learn. For me, it has helped keep me excited about teaching.”Ruth Petsel, 2000-2002 eMINTS, Arcadia Valley R-2, MO

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