Are you passionate about Wit & Wisdom? Do you want to share your passion with others?
Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply below.
About the Wit & Wisdom Fellowship
To ensure all Wit & Wisdom educators thrive in teaching the curriculum, Great Minds chooses experts from the field to provide professional development to new and seasoned implementers. These experts have first-hand experience teaching Wit & Wisdom and seeing its impact on students. Fellows share their skills with other educators, helping them make sure their passion for teaching reading and writing shines through their instruction.
What Fellows are Saying About Their Experience
Multi-Classroom Leader in Crossett, AR
Grade 5 Teacher in Lenoir, NC
—Dr. Karen L. Carpenter
Title I Reading Specialist in Portland, TN
Who should apply?
We encourage applications from outstanding teachers, instructional coaches, or curriculum specialists who
- are passionate about teaching Wit & Wisdom;
- use Wit & Wisdom as the primary curriculum in their school or district;
- want to expand their knowledge of the curriculum;
- enjoy working with educators and have experience with professional development (PD) facilitation;
- believe that every child is capable of greatness and want to collaborate with educators to act on this belief;
- are available to deliver PD for a minimum of 10 days between June 1 and August 30, 2023, (for additional compensation) in addition to the job-sharing agreement during the 2023-2024 school year;
- encourage productive struggle in the classroom, among both colleagues and students;
- are committed to knowledge building;
- share the principles that guide the Great Minds approach to PD.
What is the timeline?
December 16, 2022 – Application deadline
January 20, 2023 – Selection of prospective Fellows
March 2023 – Part I of Facilitator Training
April 2023 – Part II of Facilitator Training
May 2023 – Begin delivering PD based on a Fellow’s end of school year
Meet the Wit & Wisdom Fellowship Alumni Network
Crossett School District, AR
Anna's students have been her heart for the past seven years. Forming relationships with students and families is the highlight of her career. As she transitioned into a coaching role, she has found a passion with helping other educators, especially in the world of building rapport and navigating Wit & Wisdom.
Ashley is a leadership coach who partners with administrators, coaches, and teachers to implement evidence-based practices into classrooms with the goal of increasing student engagement and achievement. Ashley knows that every student can achieve with the right support from teachers and leaders.
San Tan Valley, AZ
Andrea began her educational career in Arizona with the Florence Unified School District in 2011 as a Jr. High teacher (primarily ELA) for six years. In her current role, she serves as FUSD's K-8 ELA Curriculum Specialist. In her work in the classroom and as a coach, she was able to study and fall in love with Wit & Wisdom.
Karen comes from a long line of caregivers for young children. She is passionate about research on best practices in literacy, and the effect it can have on changing students' lives. She has served in self-contained classrooms in private and public schools for over 15 years, mostly in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.
Devin is a Humanities teacher at Center City Public Charter School in Washington, DC. He is a passionate educator who promotes cultural responsive teaching, instructional coaching, and professional development. Devin serves as a national fellow and a professional development facilitator for Great Minds.
Katy is a literacy coach. She splits her time between the primary center and elementary school. She joined Great Minds in March 2020, and has facilitated both virtually and in-person. Being a Fellow has brought her professional growth in content knowledge and in her understanding of adult learning styles.
Tanniece is a Wit & Wisdom Fellow entering her 17th year as a classroom teacher. She’s had the opportunity to serve as the Literacy Academic Planning Facilitator which allows her to work with the kindergarten-5th grade ELA teachers in her building. She loves reading, enjoys learning, and helping others.
Tabitha completed her 19th year in public education. She has taught multiple grade levels in elementary school and served as an Instructional Facilitator. She is a life-long learner and pursued her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees all in Elementary Education with an administration add-on licensure.
Krystle has had the opportunity to teach Wit & Wisdom in her classroom for seven years (16 years overall). She has always been passionate about helping her students reach their potential, but now she is excited to share her passion with other Wit & Wisdom teachers
Fellows have the opportunity to
- deepen their expertise of Wit & Wisdom while receiving training and coaching from Wit & Wisdom writers and facilitators to deliver PD sessions,
- broaden their perspectives on English Language Arts education by traveling and collaborating with teachers and ELA professionals across the country, and
- extend their professional learning networks as they share experiences and best practices with the Wit & Wisdom team and other ELA professionals with whom they interact as Fellows.
The Great Minds team works directly with teachers in sessions delivered at different phases of implementation. Great Minds PD sessions
- emphasize experiential knowledge building,
- engage participants as trusted colleagues,
- amplify specific components of the curriculum,
- drive inquiry,
- integrate differentiation, and
- deliver practical methods and strategies.
For more information, see "About Wit & Wisdom's Guiding Philosophy for Professional Development".
There is no cost to the individual, as Great Minds covers all travel costs. Each Fellow's home school or district grants release time for the training sessions.
Please submit a cover letter that addresses:
- How long have you been using Wit & Wisdom as a primary instructional resource and at what grade level(s)?
- What Wit & Wisdom PD sessions have you attended? What were your two most valuable takeaways? (If you aren't sure of the session title(s), please provide a brief description of the session focus.)
- Why are you interested in applying for this position?
Individuals experienced in teaching Wit & Wisdom at any grade level (K–8) are welcome to apply. In addition to lead classroom teachers, educators with experience in Special Education, ESL, instructional coaching, and leadership are all strongly encouraged to apply.
Selected applicants will participate in in-person and virtual meetings in March 2023 and attend one required three-day trainings in Spring 2023. The in-person training event is mandatory for all prospective Fellows. In addition to training, all facilitators are required to deliver selected PD session material in person/virtually as the final requirement prior to facilitating PD independently as a Fellow.
Fellows will deliver PD sessions during Summer 2023 (June 1 - August 30) and during the 2023-24 school year. Fellows are paid an hourly rate for work during the summer and during school holidays. Fellows work for Great Minds during the school year, according to the details of their job-share contract.
Travel depends on the demand for PD, but Fellows can expect to travel outside their state. Great Minds will compensate for travel time and make every effort to ensure the Fellow’s schedule is manageable with local school and personal responsibilities.
During the summer, Fellows must be willing to provide a minimum of 10 days of on-site PD as assigned by the Great Minds PD services team.
During the school year, the amount of travel will depend on the job-share agreement between Great Minds and the Fellow’s home school or district. For example, if a Fellow has an 80:20 job-share agreement with Great Minds, then over a two-week period, she could expect to work in her home school or district eight days and with Great Minds PD two consecutive days during the period. That would translate to facilitating two PD sessions a month.
- The school or district will develop internal capacity and expertise to support ongoing implementation of the curriculum.
- Fellows can offer PD sessions at no cost to their home districts as often as the district needs.
- Fellows will have extensive opportunities to expand their network of Great Minds curriculum implementers, giving their school and/or district access to that network and additional support.
- Great Minds will fund a portion of the salary and benefits of the Fellow during the fellowship in a job-share agreement. The amount funded is determined by the amount of time dedicated to facilitating Great Minds PD during the school year.
Throughout the application and training process, the Great Minds PD team will evaluate prospective Fellows on their content knowledge, understanding of the curricula, and facilitation skills. To become a Fellow, educators will need to demonstrate a clear grasp of the curriculum’s learning design, concise communication, and responsiveness to the needs of peers and participants. Fellows must be able to strike a balance between maintaining the integrity of the curriculum and taking a collegial approach.