Great Minds® is the only curriculum developer to have earned Tier 1 ratings—the highest possible—from the Louisiana Department of Education for Eureka Math®, Wit & Wisdom®, and PhD Science™. Experts laud Louisiana’s thorough review of curricular materials as among the best in the nation. So what connects our approach across subjects? It’s a commitment to knowledge building and the research that shows it should start at the outset of a student’s education. But what does that look like in math, science, and literacy?
In math, it means teaching the four operations, fractions, and more while helping students understand underlying concepts, not just memorizing formulas or learning “tricks.”
- In science, it means students develop knowledge through hands-on investigations, understanding concepts through experiences before explaining what they’ve learned in scientific terms.
- In literacy, it means offering a rich base of knowledge-providing literature on intriguing topics that draw in students as they learn phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. It means using full books—not excerpts—and choosing them based on content, craft, and complexity.
Across subjects, knowledge building means imparting knowledge to teach skills. Often, it also means exploring the interrelationship of those subjects. A high-quality curriculum delivers what students need to understand complex topics and apply what they’ve learned to the next level of learning. High quality curricula also embrace all learners and give teachers and students the confidence to take on challenging content. Ready to learn more? Click the link below for an expert panel discussion with Natalie Wexler, author of “The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It” in our free webinar, Knowledge Building for Long-Term Success.