For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: Chad.Colby@greatminds.org (202) 297-9437
Wednesday, April 8, 2020—Knowledge on the Go™, the free video lesson series from Great Minds PBC, now includes Geodes®, the first early literacy texts that unite phonics with exciting content and beautiful art to help young learners build true knowledge about the world.
“Geodes build knowledge as they build literacy skills,” said Lorraine Griffith, the Great Minds content architect who was instrumental in creating Geodes. “They’re an exciting addition to Knowledge on the Go.”
The first Geodes books included in Knowledge on the Go correspond with featured modules of Wit & Wisdom®, the English language arts curriculum from Great Minds. The titles posted are Land of Wonder, about the geophysical features of Australia (Level K); a retelling of Cinderella (Level 1); and The Inside Scoop, about the human digestive system (Level 2). Great Minds will post Geodes for Levels K–2 each Monday from April 6 through April 27 for 12 total.
The Geodes library is the result of a collaboration of Great Minds and Wilson Language Training. Geodes align with the scope and sequence of Wilson Fundations® and with the module topics in Wit & Wisdom. Wilson Fundations® is a structured literacy program for Grades K–3 that is supplemental to a core curriculum and provides a systematic approach to teaching foundational skills as well as spelling and handwriting.
Knowledge on the Go offers free video lessons in Eureka Math® (Grades K–12), Wit & Wisdom (Grades K–8), and PhD Science™ (Grades 3–5). Arranged by grade and module, the Knowledge on the Go lessons allow teachers and students to continue their progress through the cohesive, comprehensive Great Minds curricula delivered in schools. The materials also help students who don’t already use the curricula, as the lessons are coherently designed and taught by experienced teacher–writers.
Great Minds is uploading 25 lessons across the three subjects every weekday at greatminds.org/knowledgeonthego. Hundreds of lessons are already available. The lessons are viewable on computers, tablets, or any smartphone. Some districts, including Baltimore City Public Schools, are airing the lessons on public access television channels, and other districts, such as the Syracuse City School District, are airing the lessons through their local public television channels to reach students without home internet access.
Three-quarters of the more than 800 employees at Great Minds PBC are or have been teachers. They write the curricula, train teachers to use it, and support successful implementation. Closing the knowledge gap is important to everyone at Great Minds, with every curriculum building knowledge across subjects and disciplines for a rich learning experience.
About Great Minds: Great Minds PBC is a public benefit corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Minds, a nonprofit corporation. Great Minds provides exemplary 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. Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom both earned top scores from the independent nonprofit reviewer EdReports.org. 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.