Brian Weaver is pioneering a technology-integrated "living curriculum" in his seventh-grade social studies classes at Jennings Junior High School in Jennings. One of the state's first teachers to expand the technology-rich e-MINTS (enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) program beyond the elementary school level, Mr. Weaver has created a standards-aligned electronic curriculum that is constantly updated, featuring classroom activities that are integrated with on-line resources. His students research issues of historical significance, then demonstrate their knowledge by producing research papers and PowerPoint presentations of their findings. Mr. Weaver's open-door policy encourages students to excel. His after-school classroom is filled with students working on projects, receiving assistance and tutoring, or attending Mr. Weaver's MAP assessment club. The effectiveness of his approach is evident in student achievement gains, demonstrating that children in low-income neighborhoods can indeed succeed academically.
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