For Immediate Release
Contact: Chad Colby: firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 297-9437
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019—WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, N.C., reports Guilford County Schools elementary students are making strong progress with the Eureka Math® curriculum from Great Minds. From a recent news report:
“Eureka Math focuses on how you get to the answer, not just getting there. … District leaders say the new method has helped students become better problem solvers.”
Guilford County Schools adopted Eureka Math for Grades K–8 starting in the 2018–2019 school year, engaging in teacher coaching to build knowledge of the curriculum and ease in teaching it.
Student grade level proficiency in mathematics in Grades 3–8 increased from 50.4 percent in 2018 to 52.5 percent in 2019, across all major racial/ethnic groups, with white students posting a 2.3 percentage point gain, Hispanic students posting a 2.4 percentage point gain, black students posting a 2.6 percentage point gain, and Asian students posting a 2.9 percentage point gain.
Earlier, WFMY News 2 explored how Eureka Math teaches not just the answer but how to get there, using the analogy of getting driving directions via GPS or a knowledgeable friend, “John.” Like Eureka Math, John is the better, more memorable source for explaining how to arrive at the answer.
About Great Minds: Great Minds provides the highest quality curricula to schools and districts nationwide, inspiring joy in teaching and learning. Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom®, an English language arts curriculum, both earned top scores from independent nonprofit reviewer EdReports.org. 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.