For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: Chad.Colby@greatminds.org (202) 297-9437
Monday, February 24, 2020—Great Minds founder and CEO Lynne Munson today congratulated prominent literacy educator and author Carol Jago on receiving the Career Achievement Award from the California Association of Teachers of English. Jago is only the second individual to receive the award, considered only for those who have rendered significant, sustained service to the association.
“Carol’s work is a wellspring of wisdom for the field,” Munson said. “I am thrilled to see her honored. And I am grateful for the role she played in shaping Great Minds’ early work in literacy.”
Jago served on the Great Minds board of trustees from 2011 to 2014, including one year as chairman, and continues to serve as an emeritus advisor. Great Minds is the creator of the Wit & Wisdom® English language arts curriculum, among others.
Jago taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and chair of the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee. She is the author of many books on teaching literacy.
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™. Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom both earned top scores from independent nonprofit reviewer EdReports.org. 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.