eMINTS Expansion Project

eMINTS National Center awarded nearly $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The award, funded by the Investing in Innovations Program (i3), is among the largest grants the University of Missouri College of Education has ever received.

The competition requires all i3 grantees to secure private sector matching funds. eMINTS has secured just over $600,000 of the required matching funds through cash donations and in-kind contributions. Additional private match commitments must be secured by April 1, 2016.

Schools interested in participating can learn more here.

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The Project

The project begins January 1, 2016 and will build on over a decade of research showing the positive impact of the eMINTS Program on student achievement and teacher practices. The 2015 i3 project will develop eMINTS Affiliate Trainers in 56 schools in high-needs districts in Alabama, Utah and Arkansas. The project will serve nearly 450 teachers and more than 24,000 students over five years. 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.

The Program

The eMINTS Program helps teachers create classrooms where they facilitate real-life learning experiences for students by integrating technology in ways that transform learning. For example, a group of 8th graders in one classroom investigated a destroyed river wetland in collaboration with the state conservation department. Students used technology to collect and analyze data, connect with experts in the field, and create a series of kiosks that could be installed along the river to inform the public about the wetland ecosystem.

Learn more about the program.

The Research

This eMINTS Expansion Project will study the effectiveness of the program on teacher instructional practices and student achievement in math, language arts and science. The project also will allow the eMINTS National Center to explore strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of expanding the program to more schools around the U.S., including additional schools in Missouri.

Read the research from our previous i3 grant.

The Investing in Innovations Fund

The Investing in Innovation Fund was established as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This is the third i3 award that the University of Missouri has received, including a 2010 i3 grant awarded to eMINTS that concluded in September 2015. That grant studied the effectiveness of the program for 60 rural Missouri middle schools. The research study found positive results in the classroom community, lesson design and technology integration, as well as improved student achievement in mathematics. Tthe College of Education also received an i3 development grant for a project called “Mission Hydro Science” in 2014.