The eMINTS National Center – Columbia
The eMINTS National Center, a BDP client, has won a five-year, nearly $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop eMINTS affiliate trainers in 56 schools in Alabama, Utah and Arkansas.
“The eMINTS Expansion Project: Implementing College and Career Ready Standards through 21st Century Classrooms” began in January. The project targets up to 450 teachers in high-need school districts and is anticipated to reach more than 24,000 students.
eMINTS helps teachers take a comprehensive approach to 21st century skill development. From lesson design to technology integration to classroom atmosphere, teachers learn to help students become the kind of problem-solvers, collaborators and innovators essential to the modern workplace.
eMINTs was piloted through a partnership led by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1997. The concept worked so well that eMINTS was rolled out to 44 Missouri districts within two years and can now be found in classrooms across the United States and as far away as Australia. eMINTS is hosted by the MU College of Education.
A BDP client since 2010, leaders from eMINTS attended several business boot camps and sessions over the years, including the Tech Entrepreneurship Workshop, which helps faculty members move bright ideas from concept to commercialization, and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program workshop, which shows attendees how to win SBIR and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) R&D grants from federal programs.
Christine Terry, eMINTS National Center associate director, believes participation in these workshops and other BDP programs strengthened the center and contributed to the success of the grant application. The workshops, Terry says, were particularly helpful as staff refined how to communicate the story of the program and the difference it makes for teachers and kids.
The entrepreneurship workshops are a collaboration between the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) and Regional Economic Development Inc., and partially funded by the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) under the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Award (MOBEC) to identify promising technologies in Missouri and help advance them from idea phase to commercialization.
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