For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: Chad.Colby@greatminds.org (202) 297-9437
Wednesday, February 19, 2020—Eureka Math® from Great Minds is available on #GoOpenVA, a new online platform allowing educators and schools to access and share open educational resources. The Virginia Department of Education included Eureka Math as high quality instructional materials aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning. #GoOpenVA makes Eureka Math available to all Virginia schools and teachers.
“#GoOpenVA is a tremendous asset for teachers,” said Lynne Munson, Great Minds founder and CEO. “It’s a public service, recognizing that every child deserves an education with the highest expectations and the best materials. As Great Minds transitions to a Virginia headquarters, I’m pleased to see such strong education leadership from the commonwealth.”
Math was the first curriculum Great Minds wrote, teaching math as a body of knowledge rather than a set of skills. The curriculum began as EngageNY Math after Great Minds earned contracts from New York state to draft an open access math curriculum. After EngageNY Math caught on with teachers, Great Minds added requested features to create Eureka Math.
Eureka Math is a comprehensive Prekindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum. Its core files remain open for downloading on greatminds.org. Additional Eureka Math resources, such as professional development, are available for purchase.
Thousands of teachers all over the country use Eureka Math. 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. Eureka Math is highly rated by independent reviewers.
Teachers and mathematicians wrote EngageNY Math/Eureka Math. Great Minds continues to rely on teachers to write and help educators implement its curricula. A recent survey found 75 percent of Great Minds employees are current or former teachers. The company recently announced its conversion to a Public Benefit Corporation. It will move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Virginia.
More information and access to Eureka Math resources are 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™. 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.