eMINTS Program Plan for Bolivar R-1 School District
for the 2005-2006 school year
Submitted by: Lisa Berg
Discerning the Context and Building Support
Description of District
Bolivar School District currently has 5 eMINTS classrooms. There are 4 teachers in the
district grades 3-4 that are certified eMINTS teachers and will be a source of input and a
resource for additional training. There are two Year 2 and Year 1 teachers will be added
as funding is available or as eMINTS teachers leave and funding is available to replace
A meeting in May will be held with each of the stakeholders to discuss the schedule,
training dates, chain of command and who to contact with various questions and
concerns. The method of communication (face-to-face, email) and appropriate times will
be determined at this meeting. Since the ETS is also a classroom teacher she will not be
available to be pulled immediately from the classroom, but an additional plan time of 30
minutes per day will be allotted in the schedule for technology troubleshooting.
Superintendent: Mr. Leornard Zanatta
Assistant Superintendent: Mr. Marty Garrison
Building Principal Mrs. Laura Boyd
ETS: Lisa Berg
Technology Coordinator: John Wilson
Certified eMINTS teacher: Vicki Newcomb
Year 2 eMINTS teachers: Shane Medlin, Rachel Tennison, Stephanie Nelson,
Year 1 eMINTS teachers: Kerri Brummett, Jane Standley
Bolivar School Board
SBU student teachers
SBU field based teachers
Communication with district stakeholders will be through email distribution lists. There
can also be a distribution email list set up for discussion of topics, concerns, ideas and
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The district stakeholders have expressed their full support of this program. Sharing of
ideas and lessons will build support in the building. eMINTS report will be given
annually to the district school board. Lessons such as webquests, powerpoints and
SMART notebooks will be placed on the school webpage to be used by all teachers.
ETS, school board members and administrators will be encouraged to visit eMINTS
classrooms both in our building and in other districts.
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Schedule and Location
eMINTS training schedule for this year will be planned by the ETS, and submitted to the
Building Principal and Assistant Superintendent. The training sessions will be held in
Mrs. Nelson’s eMINTS classroom. If at any time her room is unavailable she is to notify
the ETS and one of the other eMINTS classrooms can be arranged.
Sessions will be held after school from 3:30-7:30. When needed, sessions can be held
during the school day with the school providing subs for the ETS and the eMINTS
teachers. Each participant will be responsible to schedule a sub. During the school day
either the ITV room will be used or other substitutes could be a mobile lab or computer
lab to be used.
When DreamWeaver is needed to create or edit websites or webquests, each teacher will
need to bring their laptop and use the network connection.
Sessions will be held on Monday unless agreed by all participants. Tuesday and Thursday
can not be used do to tutoring. Scheduled sessions will be placed on the building
calendar no later than September of 2005.
Teachers will be given the first 15 minutes to chat and discuss their day and Kagan
cooperative learning icebreakers will be used to help teachers move make the transition
from school day stress to professional development.
Punctual attendance will be required at each session. There will be a sign in sheet with
time of arrival and departure at each session. The ETS needs to be notified of excused
absences three days in advance. The ETS will report a participant to Mrs. Boyd and Mr.
Zanatta each time they miss after the first time.
Participants who miss will be offered a make-up session that is scheduled by the ETS.
Usually the participant can make up time by attending a session by the other group (e.g.
Year 1 can attend a Year 2 session and work off to the side). If a make-up session is
needed, the make-up sessions will be scheduled by the ETS and will last 1-2 hours and
the participant will only be paid for that time.
If school is cancelled for any reason, the sessions will also be cancelled and rescheduled.
There is a call chain to inform of school dismissal. ETS and building principal will
decide by noon to cancel sessions due to inclement weather during that school day.
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Preparation and Classroom Visits
The school will provide the ETS with one sub day a month to plan sessions if needed.
Additional time may be allotted if ETS, building principal and assistant superintendent
determine it is needed.
The ETS will provide the participants with modules at each session. The district will
supply 3-ring binders and dividers. Online agendas of each session will be available
prior to the session.
Since the ETS is a Kagan Cooperative Learning trainer, most sessions will include a
cooperative learning structure as an icebreaker or to introduce a part of the module.
The ETS will do approximately 2 class visit per participant per quarter. Sub days will be
scheduled by the ETS. The participant and ETS will agree on a topic for observation.
The lesson should be 45 min- 1 hour and there will be about a 30 minute visit time to
discuss the lesson.
Participants will be given a checklist at the beginning of the year of topics that need to be
observed and/or discussed by the ETS. The checklist will be given to the principal at the
end of the year. Dates of observations and discussion topics will be listed.
The technology coordinator will be responsible for set up and maintenance of the
hardware. The ETS and/or technology coordinator will load software. Trouble shooting
questions should first be sent to the ETS through email or written form.
Building tech personnel and tech interns will be available to give some support as
directed by the technology coordinator, ETS or building principal.
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District Goals for the Program
1) To ultimately have all 7 sections of 4th grade be eMINTS classrooms.
2) To expose all faculty and student to the inquiry-based learning model.
3) To enrich all K-12 classes with technology.
4) For all classes to attend a weekly 50 minute class session in the computer
lab to use facilities to be exposed to inquiry lessons using technology to
investigate and produce products.
Matching the program with the needs of the district
The district has participated in the eMINTS program for 3 years and many of the teachers
are familiar with the concept of eMINTS. The ETS has trained a cohort of teachers, 2-3
from each attendance center for the past 2 years. Groups of teachers can be trained
through the eMINTS For All by the ETS.
Level of the Teachers
The principal will continue to inform and involve the entire faculty about eMINTS
through bulletins, newsletters and faculty meetings. Hallmarks of an effective eMINTS
teacher will be used for the participants to self-evaluate and identify areas to improve and
The principal will conduct a TAGLET survey in the spring of 2005. The results of the
2003 TAGLIT will be compared with 2005.
Other teachers in the district have received technology and/or inquiry-based learning
training. They are familiar, comfortable and supportive of this aspect of eMINTS.
Statement of the underlying philosophy of the eMINTS program
The Bolivar School district is dedicated to the eMINTS program as a vehicle to promote
a wide variety of resources and technology rich instruction while using the inquiry-based
learning process. This allows the teacher to be the facilitator and the students to increase
their engaged learning time.
Communication with Participants
Meeting in May 2005 will include a discussion on the philosophy by eMINTS teachers,
ETS, and administrators.
Session schedules will list the modules that will be used so participants will be aware of
the topic. There will be an online agenda for each training session available for the
participants to aid them in understanding the objective of each session. The agenda will
be a resource of links and information. The online professional development is available
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The training sessions will be very small groups which will make it easier to meet each
individual need. The teachers have several resources: ETS, certified eMINTS teacher,
and Year 1 teachers can get help from Year 2 teachers.
The “Advanced Tips and Tricks” in the modules is available for the advanced
Teachers can pose questions and do discussions through email distribution list of district
and use the eMINTS listserve.
Key differences between your district implementation and eMINTS model
Training sessions will be much smaller which will allow more individualized instruction.
Since we are not part of a cluster, we will try to schedule cluster meeting with other
Each group, Year 1 and Year 2, will meet for a full day in August before school starts and
cover 2 of the training sessions.
Sessions could be held during the school day if ETS and/or principal decide it is needed.
Cluster meetings for the Year 1 and Year 2 teachers will be held intermittently
throughout the school year. Similar topics will be the focus of these sessions and peer
coaching will be a component.
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Transfer of Learning
The participants will be encouraged to use their learning in the classroom through email
reminders and discussions through discussion lists. The ETS will watch for determined
topics during classroom visits. The building principal will observe the transfer of
learning during observations.
One obstacle could be the participants feeling overwhelmed not only from eMINTS but
other professional obligations. The teachers will discuss these issues during chat time at
the beginning of sessions and there will be discussion lists for suggestions, ideas and
concerns. The administrative team will be supportive of allowing release time when
needed for both the ETS and the eMINTS teachers.
Spreading the Benefits of the Program
Teachers will share what they are doing through PDC faculty training nights and special
informational training sessions. Each eMINTS teacher team teaches and will share with
their buddy teacher. The annual Pride and Progress night at the end of the year will
highlight some of the work done by their students.
Technology Excellence Fair held in the spring will showcase all uses of technology and
some sessions will be sponsored by eMINTS teachers and eMINTS student displays will
be on exhibit.
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Evaluation and Feedback Strategies
The eMINTS teachers will fill out a “Hallmark of Effective eMINTS teachers” at the
beginning and end of the school year to show change in teaching strategies and
philosophy. The teachers will be observed by the ETS and administrators through formal
and informal observations.
The students take quarterly STAR reading and Math tests. The students will also be
taking the MAP test in the spring.
Attendance and behavior patterns will be monitored in the eMINTS classrooms.
eMINTS faculty will present at faculty meetings, school board meeting and parent
involvement nights. eMINTS teachers will include technology information in their
monthly newsletter to parents and to the local newspaper. At the weekly grade level
collaborative plan times the eMINTS teachers will share ideas and information with their
Feedback for the ETS
Participants will fill out evaluation forms on the ETS quarterly and will submit them to
the building principal.
Feedback about the participants
Participants will discuss needs in class visits, sessions and on discussion lists. A
checklist of class visit observations will be filled out on each participant. The checklist
will be discussed by ETS and participant quarterly. Some time in cluster meetings will
be dedicated to this topic.
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