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Your Greatness Is Their Greatness

We know that with the proper support, high-quality instructional materials can transform teaching and learning. That’s why our curriculum writers craft all of our professional learning offerings and why educators with firsthand experience teaching the curriculum lead each session.

Great Minds® is the exclusive provider of professional development written and delivered by the creators of Wit & Wisdom.

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Professional Development

Created by the team of teacher–writers behind Wit & Wisdom and Geodes, our in-person and virtual professional development sessions support teachers and leaders. These sessions ensure strong initial implementation as well as sustained success.

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Personalized Coaching

Through modeling and observation, our personalized coaching help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices.

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Professional Learning
On-Demand

Explore the Great Minds Humanities Video Library to view introductory content about the curriculum and our professional learning offerings. Learn how Wit & Wisdom and Geodes educators can access additional free instructional videos to guide implementation.

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RECOMMENDED LEARNING PLAN

Implementing Wit & Wisdom with Fidelity

To set educators up for success, our team of teacher–writers created this sample three-year plan integrating professional development and coaching so all teachers feel confident with the curriculum—and leaders know how to support them. This plan is based on our success with schools and districts nationwide. We can tailor a plan to meet your scheduling needs and implementation goals.

Year 1:

Professional Learning for Teachers

SUMMER
(before implementation)


Foundational Professional Development Sessions

  • Launch Wit & Wisdom

  • Module & Lesson Study




FALL

Foundational Professional Development Sessions

  • Getting Started with Geodes

Professional Learning for Leaders

SUMMER
(before implementation)

Cornerstone Bundle for Leaders:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Lead Wit & Wisdom

Leadership Consulting (4 hours)


FALL

Cornerstone Bundle for Leaders:

  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design: Knowledge-Building
  • Guided Observations for Leaders

Leadership Consulting (8 hours)


SPRING

Cornerstone Bundle for Leaders: 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design: Writing
Leadership Consulting (8 hours)

END OF YEAR
Personalized Coaching Sessions

  • Guided Observations for Leaders

Year 2:

Professional Learning for Teachers

SUMMER

Foundational Sessions for New Teachers:

  • Launch Wit & Wisdom
  • Module and Lesson Study

Sustaining Professional Development Sessions:

  • Writing in Wit & Wisdom

FALL

Sustaining Professional Development Sessions:

  • Focus on Fluency


SPRING

Sustaining Professional Development Sessions:

  • Testing and Wit & Wisdom

Wit & Wisdom Coaching Series

Professional Learning for Leaders

SUMMER

Cornerstone Bundle for Leaders:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design: Writing

Leadership Consulting (4 hours)


FALL

Leadership Consulting (8 hours)


SPRING

Wit & Wisdom Coaching Series

Leadership Consulting (8 hours)

Year 3:

Professional Learning for Teachers

SUMMER

Foundational Sessions for New Teachers:

  • Launch Wit & Wisdom
  • Module and Lesson Study

FALL & SPRING

Wit & Wisdom Coaching Series

Professional Learning for Leaders

SUMMER

Leadership Consulting (4 hours)


FALL & SPRING

Wit & Wisdom Coaching Series

Leadership Consulting (2 hours)

 

Hear from educators who previously attended Great Minds Professional Development

Thanks so much for creating meaning opportunities in today's PD to make the learning experience purposeful. I loved the way the instructional routines were interwoven throughout today's presentation.

This PD has got me so excited to get back to the classroom with my students. Thank you for this program.

"I now have a stronger understanding about how to plan for each lesson. I really enjoyed learning about the concept of productive struggle and its benefits."

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