For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: email@example.com (202) 297-9437
Tuesday, November 19, 2019—Great Minds® is seeking Professional Development Fellows to help teachers nationwide thrive in using Wit & Wisdom®, its K–8 English Language Arts curriculum. Teachers who are passionate about Wit & Wisdom and enjoy sharing their insights with others are ideal candidates.
The application deadline is December 9, 2019. Great Minds will choose the fellows by January 15, 2020. After training, fellows will deliver professional development sessions during Summer 2020 (June 1–August 30) and during the 2020–2021 school year.
Current Wit & Wisdom Professional Development Fellows praise the experience for learning from colleagues and helping others deepen their expertise in teaching the curriculum.
“The best feedback I receive is when a teacher tells me that I helped them understand the curriculum in a way that will enhance their teaching practice,” said Katie Scotti, a current fellow and a Grade 4 teacher in Baltimore. “High quality instruction cannot happen without high quality professional development, and being a fellow allows me to experience both.”
Neil Nicholson, a teacher at a Grades K–8 school in Atlanta, heard about the fellows opportunity from her academic coach after teaching Wit & Wisdom for a few months to Grade 3 students.
“She could see the passion and spark of light I had as I began to work through what seemed like the most rigorous curriculum I had experienced in my entire teaching career,” Nicholson said. “The most rewarding part of being a fellow is that I have been able to deepen my understanding and learn ideas from other educators. This experience has had and continues to have a profound impact on my ELA instruction.”
More information about the fellows opportunity is available here.
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.