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eLearning: Registration opens April 27


Registration for the summer semester of eMINTS eLearning opens April 27

Registration opens April 27, 2016. Courses run from June 8 – July 26, 2016.

Course offerings for summer semester include the following:

  • Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms Intel
  • Chromebooks in the Classroom
  • Digital Age Learning with iPads
  • Google Tools for Schools
  • More Google Tools for Schools
  • Online Tools for Digital Age Learning
  • The Role of Questions in the Early Childhood Classroom

Follow us on Twitter at @elearn4edu for discount codes and updates!

Click for more information about the eMINTS eLearning program.

Click for information about taking our courses for graduate credit.


The 2017 Innovation Institute: Register now!

i2-Logo2-brookeThe 2017 Innovation Institute: Infusing Learning with Technology

Springdale Schools and the eMINTS National Center invite all educators to the 3rd Annual 2017 Innovation Institute: Infusing Learning with Technology. Registration has officially opened for the June 7 & 8 conference at Har-Ber High School in Springdale, AR! Register and learn more at the Innovation Institute Website.

This event is perfect for any educator including district and building leaders, teachers, instructional coaches, preservice teachers and more. Attendees get to connect, discover, and transform technology practices to support teaching and learning.

Register now!



Call for presentations for i2 in Springdale, AR!

Call for presentations for Innovation Institute, June 8 & 9, 2016!

Calling all presenters! Don’t miss your chance to present at the Innovation Institute taking place June 8 & 9 in Springdale, AR! The call for presentations is closing soon! Submit your presentation proposal today! More info at:

Who: The Innovation Institute inspires educators to CONNECT, DISCOVER, and TRANSFORM learning.

What: We are looking for exciting and inspiring speakers to host educators at our 2-day learning event. The perfect place for educators to come together and learn from each other!

When: June 8-9, 2016 – 8am-3:30pm

Where: Springdale, AR from at Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR (see map).

Why: Our institute is designed to CONNECT participants with others who utilize best practices in educational technology. Participants will DISCOVER innovative ways to using technology tools to engage students in meaningful learning experiences. They will leave with new strategies and skills to TRANSFORM learning in their classrooms.

How: Our call for presentations is now open and will remain open until Monday, February 29, 2016. Please review the Presenter Information page before submitting your session proposals. Presenters submitting proposals will be notified by March 15, 2016.


Happy Digital Learning Day! Get $50 off!

Happy Digital Learning Day! Get $50 off your total!

The eMINTS National Center is helping spread the word about Digital Learning Day on February 17th, 2016, and we would like you to join in!

It’s a day thousands of schools and local communities across the country recognize great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes with the help of digital tools.

To celebrate, we’re offering $50 off our online professional development courses! Use code DLDAY2016 for $50 off your total for the upcoming semester of eMINTS eLearning for Educators courses. Code valid until 2/18. Register and view course list though our online catalog.


METC 2016 eMINTS Schedule

METC 2016 eMINTS Schedule, St. Charles, February 8-10, 2016

Monday, Feb 8. 2016 (Pre-conference):

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM: Bring Out the Genius: Information Literacy and the Genius Hour, in Room 104 (w/ Michelle Kendrick)
  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM: Using iPads to Enhance Teaching & Learning, in Jr. A (w/ Carmen Marty & Carla Chaffin)

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016:

  • 1:50PM – 3:10PM: Poster Session – Unlocking Student Creativity w/Google Draw, in Exhibit Hall (w/ Amy Blades)
  • 2:20PM – 3:10PM: Breakout Session – It is Really a Reality: Coding in Any Classroom, in Jr. B (w/ Michele Smith and Carla Chaffin)

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016:

  • 9:45AM – 10:35AM: Breakout Session – METC Cool Tool Duel, in Grand A, (w/ Gina Hartman, Cindy Lane, Carmen Marty)
  • 2:20PM – 3:10PM: Breakout Session – Add a Little Inquiry, in Windsor 1 [Embassy Suites] (w/ Carmen Marty)
  • 3:25PM – 4:25PM: Breakout Session – Administrators! Ramp up Your Role in Technology Integration, in Jr. D (w/ Cara Wylie, Jen Foster)

Also, don’t miss the great keynote speakers on Feb. 9th and 10th! More information at


eMINTS Awarded Nearly $12M Grant

eMINTS Awarded Nearly $12M Grant

We are proud to announce an award to eMINTS of nearly $12 million from the Department of Education (DoE). Funded by the Investing in Innovations (i3) program, this award is among the largest received by the MU College of Education.

The eMINTS Expansion Project: Implementing College and Career Ready Standards through 21st Century Classrooms, begins January 2016 and builds on over a decade of research showing the positive impact of the eMINTS Program on student achievement and teacher practices. The five-year project will focus on 7th grade and develop eMINTS Affiliate Trainers in 56 schools in high-needs districts in Alabama, Utah and Arkansas and serve nearly 450 teachers and over 24,000 students. Partners include the American Institutes for Research (study evaluators), and one mentor district in each state, including lead partner Granite Public Schools in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since the DoE requires all i3 grantees to find private sector matching funds, eMINTS has secured just over $600,000 of the required amount through cash donations and in-kind contributions. Additional private match commitments must be secured by April 1, 2016. Your support helps make a difference for students in high need schools in the participating districts.  For more information on this grant or if you would like to make a personal donation or in-kind contributions, visit the 2015 i3 grant page here:



Meet an eMINTS Teacher: Sonja Yoder

Meet an eMINTS Teacher

Sonja Yoder, English Language Arts Grades 5 and 6, East Lynne 40 School District, East Lynne, MO


Sonja teaches English Language Art to students in grades 5 and 6 in East Lynne, MO. She has 21 years of teaching experience. Sonja completed the extended three-year eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development program.

Sonja described how she crosses an emphasis on using data to inform instruction with the curriculum provided. “What I gained the most through my eMINTS professional development was how to assess students in ways that are engaging so that I get accurate data about my students’ strengths and weaknesses and can better meet their needs,” Sonja explained. She illustrated how she used the assessment strategies she learned about to set up a unit on various concepts related to equality for her 5th grade students. One portion of the unit focused on slavery, Civil Rights, and how the Underground Railroad helped slaves achieve freedom. Students read literature related to the Underground Railroad and then devised a plan to reenact how slaves would have used the Railroad if their school had been a stop on the Railroad. Students randomly drew roles to play from slave owner to slaves trying to escape to people along the way who helped them The unit was very engaging for students and combined elements of history, reading (fiction vs. non-fiction), and using graphic resources. The unit culminated with discussions about the types of inequalities that are present today and how people deal with those problems.

Sonja feels that she has grown the most in her ability to help students design their own learning. She illustrated her journey from being a teacher who held the traditional ideas that students were not really capable of designing their own learning to one who gradually released control to students by allowing them to select topics they wanted to research to a teacher who now gives students more choice. For example, she used classroom discussion to help her 6th grade students write a research essay. She asked her students to identify a research topic related to literature they had previously read about space exploration. She was concerned that their topics might all be rather simple such as researching various planets but her students surprised her by coming up with more complex topics such as properties of gravity, the future of the international space station and other galaxies. The experience really reinforced her belief that students can handle designing features

Sonja’s students have access to 1:1 laptop technology in the classroom. She uses technology extensively in the writing process with concept-mapping software and word processing to support students’ thinking. She invented a type of “speed editing” where students sit in a circle and use features of word processing software to quickly edit one another’s writing and finding examples of each other’s writing that they really like. She related that her students really like using the technology for editing since the editing process no longer requires that they completely rewrite their papers to include edits.

Sonja’s advice to other educators who are working towards higher levels of personalized learning is, “Take it slow. As educators we tend to see something that works and then we want to try it and we want it to work right away, she noted. “Sometimes we try to do new things that our students aren’t ready for. New ways need to be a more gradual expectation that we build with our students. Doing the small parts really well will work better in the long run,” she advised.

Follow Sonja on twitter: @syoder90

Check out Sonja’s classroom website:

This teacher profile was featured in the white paper Connections and Convergence: eMINTS and Personalized Learning by Monica Beglau and Christine Terry. To view this paper, click here.


Register now for eMINTS eLearning courses









Registration for the eMINTS eLearning is NOW OPEN.

Course offerings for winter semester include the following:

  • Digital Age Learning with iPads (NEW)
  • ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom (NEW)
  • Online Tools for Digital Age Learning (NEW)
  • More Google Tools
  • Chromebooks in the Classroom
  • Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms (Intel)
  • Computational Thinking and Simulations in the Classroom (NEW)
    NOTE: Up to 50 seats and included software are available for this course at no cost to participants, thanks to a Google Grant.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Game Design
    NOTE: A limited number of 20 scholarship seats will be available for those wishing to participate in a research study. The scholarship includes course registration fee, an Agent Sheets building site license for at least one year, and a $200 stipend upon completion of all of the requirements. Please see the full course description for more details and to review the requirements.

Register now!

Courses begin February 24, 2016.

Follow us on Twitter at @elearn4edu for discount codes and updates!

Click for more information about the eMINTS eLearning program.

Click for information about taking our courses for graduate credit.


Moneyball for Government Announces eMINTS Leader as New Non-Profit All-Star

Moneyball for Government Announces eMINTS Leader as New Non-Profit All-Star

MoneyballforGovMoneyball for Government, a project of Results for America dedicated to encouraging governments at all levels to increase their use of data and evidence when investing limited taxpayer dollars, announced today the addition of 33 non-profit leaders to its Moneyball for Government All-Star team, including eMINTS Executive Director Lorie Kaplan. The 33 leaders announced today represent CEOs, presidents, executives and founders of leading national non-profit organizations committed to improving lives using data-driven, evidence-based solutions. See full press release, click here.

The new non-profit All-Stars announced today include Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and Investing in Innovation (i3) fund grantees and supporters. For more information about these programs, click here.

About Moneyball for Government

Just as Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A’s, famously transformed baseball by ignoring the scouts and instead used data to build championship contending teams despite limited budgets, Moneyball for Government has the potential to transform the way government at all levels makes important funding decisions. Instead of relying on gut instinct, or worse, special interests, policymakers must use data and evidence when deciding how best to invest increasingly limited taxpayer dollars.

About Results for America

Results for America (RFA) improves outcomes for young people, their families, and communities by shifting public resources toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions.

RFA is working to achieve this goal by building a strong bipartisan “Invest in What Works” coalition; developing and advancing the next generation of evidence-based, results-driven practices, policies, and programs; and supporting leaders at all levels of government to invest in what works.

In November, 2014, Results for America published Moneyball for Government, the best-selling book authored by a bipartisan group of nationally-recognized experts to help ensure that budget, policy, and management decisions by governments at all levels are informed by the best possible data and evidence about what works.

For more information about Results for America, visit


Schedule for next week’s MOREnet Conference

Annual MOREnet Conference, St, Louis, Oct 5-8, 2015

eMINTS will be presenting all day in the Burlington Route room at Union Station on Oct 5 & Oct 6. Full schedule below. We hope to see you there!

Monday, Oct 5, 2016 Burlington Route Room

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 Burlington Route Room

For more information on the MOREnet Annual Conference, visit the conference registration site.