eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) is a nation-wide initiative conducted through the eMINTS National Center. The mission of eMINTS is to transform education for all learners through high-quality teaching, powered by technology.

Born in Missouri and now a nation-wide program, eMINTS is the first program officially aligned with the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). The eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development Program has been awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment demonstrating full alignment with all 23 ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers. eMINTS is the first professional development program in the world to achieve this degree of full alignment.

The key to the success of this program is not the technological hardware and software put in place, but the professional development and commitment of the educator to teach in a constructivist manner, developing an inquiry-based environment, where teachers become facilitators and students become leaders.

In an eMINTS room you will find:

  • 2:1 Student-to-Computer Ratio
  • Smart Board System
  • Cross Curricular Software
  • Extensive Online Research
  • Teacher Laptop
  • Extensive Teacher Professional Development
  • Many “busy” students who work collaboratively to solve problems, create projects, and monitor their very own progress!

Through the eMINTS based approach, we have found that properly integrated technology can be an equalizer for students who struggle in school, and it is our goal to see more students succeed in their educational endeavors through properly integrated instructional technology.

We are excited about this program and all of the promise that it holds for Joplin students. Joplin Schools currently has over 30 eMINTS and eJOPLIN classrooms that have been funded through both grants and local dollars. The district has applied for additional grant funds to add more eMINTS classrooms throughout the district.

eMINTS In Joplin is a tier in the district's iTEK initiative. In accordance with the district-wide iTEK initiative the following details should be noted by teachers considering this excellent program:

  • 1 computer for every 2 students
  • Productivity Software as specified by eMINTS
  • 22 remaining eMINTS modules – 110+ hours & 3 full days Professional Development (2 Yrs.)
  • 10-12 classroom visits per year
  • 140+ total contact hours 
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