The eMINTS National Center offers a two-year professional development program, delivered by eMINTS staff members and certified eMINTS instructional specialists, with a goal of changing how teachers teach and students learn. Participants benefit from both face-to-face and online delivery of materials in multiple formats, formative and summative assessments, teacher guides, evaluation rubrics, and supplementary teaching and learning materials. Participants complete learning activities, such as creating lesson plans and other classroom materials, while receiving approximately 200 hours of online direct instruction and 40 hours of in-classroom coaching intended to help teachers translate what they have learned into their classroom practice.


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eMINTS Features:

  • Approximately 240 hours of sequenced professional development
  • Formative and summative assessment activities
  • In-class coaching/mentoring
  • Online and face-to-face delivery
  • Appropriate for novice and intermediate technology skill levels

Seal of Alignment review

The eMINTS Comprehensive Professional Development Program received the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Mastery. Reviewers determined that this resource promotes mastery in the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

The online program applies a research-based approach to organizing instruction that participants can implement in any subject area at any level. The program enables educators to create classrooms that fully incorporate technology into the teaching and learning process while motivating all students to succeed socially and academically. The learning materials and experiences are well designed, clearly presented and constructivist in approach. There is a heavy emphasis throughout the two-year sequence on collaboration, community building, in-class application of learning outcomes and ongoing support from trained mentors.


“The eMINTS program is a very high-quality professional development program with a systemic approach that provides quality learning activities and a comprehensive approach to real-world applications.” — ISTE review report

Seal of Alignment for Mastery:

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This program incorporates ISTE Standards-aligned learning objectives, specified implementation plans and embedded tools for measuring mastery in the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Date awarded: October 2013

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The eMINTS Professional Development program meets the following ISTE Standards for Teachers:

1. Facilitate and inspire learning.

1.a. Promote, support and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
1.b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
1.c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning and creative processes.
1.d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.

2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments.


2.a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
2.b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning and assessing their own progress.
2.c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies and abilities using digital tools and resources.
2.d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

3. Model digital age work and learning.


3.a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
3.b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
3.c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.
3.d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility. 


4.a. Advocate, model and teach safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property and the appropriate documentation of sources.
4.b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
4.c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
4.d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools.

5. Engage in professional growth and leadership.


5.a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
5.b. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
5.c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
5.d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of the school and community.