For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: Chad.Colby@greatminds.org (202) 297-9437
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019—Great Minds has released analyses detailing how its math and English language arts curricula integrate social and emotional learning into their core instruction.
Eureka Math® (PK–12) and Wit & Wisdom® (K–8) each fosters development of the five core competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self- awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision- making. The analyses explain how each curriculum aligns with the competencies and research showing why the competencies are important to student development and academic learning.
Eureka Math lessons include sample dialogue to help encourage robust conversations and peer- to-peer interaction in math class. Wit & Wisdom is anchored by carefully selected texts paired with strong instructional practices to help build empathy, self-awareness, and responsible decision-making.
PhD Science™, the newest curriculum from Great Minds, also integrates social and emotional learning, including teamwork and respectful dialogue, into the science instruction.
Geodes®, the library of books for emerging readers, do not explicitly embed SEL elements. However, the books feature individuals and groups (both real and fictional) who model great character.
About Great Minds: Great Minds provides the highest quality curricula to schools and districts nationwide, inspiring joy in teaching and learning. Great Minds is the only curriculum creator to have earned three Tier 1 ratings, the highest possible, from the Louisiana Department of Education, highly respected for its curricular leadership. Curricula earning the Tier 1 ratings were Wit & Wisdom, Eureka Math, and PhD Science. A 2016 RAND Corporation report found Eureka Math and its original version, EngageNY Math, to be the most widely used elementary school math curricula in the nation. Geodes, a library of beautifully illustrated, content-rich books with phonics practice for emerging readers, is the latest Great Minds offering to delight teachers and students. Learn more at greatminds.org.
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Chad brings more than 23 years of experience in communications to Great Minds. He has served in three state education agencies, which included time assisting New Mexico’s secretary of education with the adoption of new education reform initiatives; serving as the communications director at the Washington, D.C., Office of the State Superintendent of Education; and working as an assistant to the Florida Commissioner of Education. Chad also worked at the U.S. Department of Education from 2004 to 2009 and served as the deputy assistant secretary for media affairs and strategic communication during his final two years there. Chad is a native of Bloomington, Ill., and graduated from Florida State University.