Monroe County School District joins 9 other Alabama school districts in participating in eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies). The eMINTS Comprehensive Program provides teachers with research-based, interactive professional development with in-classroom coaching. Classrooms are transformed into highly engaging, student-centered learning communities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. eMINTS classrooms are technology-rich environments where students tackle real-world problems, collaborate on projects, and are savvy consumers of information and producers of new knowledge.
The mission of eMINTS is to impact teaching and learning through a powerful combination of technology and research-based instructional strategies. The purpose is to enable educators to reimagine teaching and learning through a combination of technology and research-based pedagogy.
Currently, 7th grade teachers at Excel School are participating in over 100 hours of workshops, experiences and training that introduce new and exciting ways to deepen student learning. They are trying new strategies and classroom methods to make the classroom experience clearly connect to the world around students. They are learning about new technologies and how to utilize a variety of technologies to enhance the work done in the classroom. Monroeville Middle School and J. U. Blacksher 7th grade teachers and students will be participating in the near future.
7th grade students at Excel have received Chromebooks to allow them to participate in highly engaging interactive projects that will put them in the role of researcher, problem-solver and designer. They will develop the understanding to use technology in safe, ethical and productive ways. They will be experiencing problem-solving learning activities that may look different than typical textbook assignments.
Other school districts in the state that are participating include: Clay County, Conecuh County, Covington County, Escambia County, Marengo County, Saraland City, Satsuma City, Sylacauga City, and Ozark City. Baldwin County School District has been implementing in the eMINTS program since 2007. Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education in the form of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.