Wit & Wisdom Fellows Program

Great Minds is accepting applications for the first cohort of Wit & Wisdom Professional Development (PD) Fellows. Comprised of a group of outstanding educators, Wit & Wisdom PD Fellows will facilitate in-person Professional Development. 

Our Fellows support a local implementation of Wit & Wisdom and assist teachers around the country, working via a job-sharing arrangement for both their local district and Great Minds—the nonprofit organization that created the curriculum. The term of the fellowship is one year.                                                     

Deadline to apply: January 31st, 2018




Frequently asked questions

Why become a Fellow?

Fellows will have the opportunity to do the following:  

  • Deepen their expertise of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum while receiving training and coaching from Wit & Wisdom writers and presenters to deliver PD sessions
  • Broaden their perspective on English Language Arts education by traveling and collaborating with teachers and ELA professionals across the country
  • Extend their networks of professional learning as they share experiences and best practices with the Wit & Wisdom team and other ELA professionals with whom they interact as Fellows
  • Fellows will have extensive opportunities to expand their network of Wit & Wisdom implementers, giving their school and/or district access to that network and additional support 
  • Great Minds will fund a portion of the salary of the Fellow during the course of the fellowship in a job-share agreement
  • The school or district will develop internal capacity to support ongoing implementation of Wit & Wisdom
Who should apply?

Individuals experienced in teaching Wit & Wisdom at any grade level (K–8) are welcome to apply. Up to twelve Fellows will be selected to join our team of PD facilitators.

We seek outstanding Wit & Wisdom teachers, instructional coaches, ELA curriculum specialists who: 

  • Share the belief that every child is capable of greatness
  • Encourage rigor in the classroom, for both peers and students
  • Commit to knowledge building through rich text study
  • Share Wit & Wisdom's approach to PD
  • Want to share Wit & Wisdom in their own districts and across the country (while still working with their home school or district via a job-sharing arrangement)
  • Have availability to deliver Wit & Wisdom PD for a minimum of ten days during Summer 2018 (for additional compensation), in addition to the job-sharing agreement during the 2018–2019 school year
  • Enjoy working with educators, and have experience with facilitation
What is Great Minds' approach to Professional Development?

The Wit & Wisdom team prioritizes the following goals for Professional Development:

  • Work directly with teachers. 
  • Develop educators' knowledge of the curriculum's organizing principles, learning design, and key components.
  • Support successful implementation at different phases in the process.
  • Build educators' individual and collective capacity as trusted colleagues. 
  • Approach Wit & Wisdom as a three-year implementation curriculum. 
  • For more information, see "About Wit & Wisdom's Guiding Philosophy for Professional Development".
What is the cost and timeline?

There is no cost to the applicant. Great Minds covers all travel costs. Each Fellow's home school/district must grant release time for training sessions.  

  • January 31, 2018: Applications are due by this deadline
  • March 30, 2018: Selection of prospective Fellows is completed.
  • Spring–Summer 2018: Training of prospective Fellows occurs.
  • Summer 2018: Fellows deliver Professional Development.
  • School Year 2018-2019: Fellows continue facilitating Professional Development according to a job-share agreement.
What is the training process?

Selected applicants will participate in a virtual webinar orientation and then observe the facilitation of a Wit & Wisdom PD session. Prospective Fellows will engage in guided study and discussion via a virtual platform to master the sessions’ content and build facilitation skills. Following the training, each prospective Fellow will co-facilitate a session with a current Wit & Wisdom facilitator as the final requirement prior to selection as a Fellow.

How are Fellows compensated?

Fellows will deliver Wit & Wisdom PD sessions during Summer 2018 and during the 20182019 school year.

Fellows are paid a daily rate for work during the summer and during school holidays. Fellows work for Great Minds during the school year per the details of their job-share contract. 

How much travel is expected?

The amount of travel will depend on the specific job-share agreement between Great Minds and the home school or district of the Fellow.

For example, if one has a 70 percent: 30 percent job-share agreement with Great Minds, then over a two-week period, one could expect to work in one’s home school or district seven days and with Wit & Wisdom three consecutive days during the period.

Specifics regarding travel depend on the demand of PD, but Fellows can expect to travel outside of their district and state. Travel time will be compensated, and every effort will be made to ensure this is manageable with local school and personal responsibilities.

How will Fellows be selected?

Throughout the application and training process, prospective Fellows will be evaluated on their content knowledge, understanding of Wit & Wisdom, and facilitation skills.

To become a Fellow, educators will need to demonstrate a clear grasp of the learning design and responsiveness to the needs of peers/participants. The ability to maintain the integrity of the curriculum coupled with a collegial approach is an essential balance to hold in order to be a Fellow.

How do I apply to become a Fellow?

Complete the application form found here no later than January 31st, 2018.

Please submit a cover letter that addresses the following questions: 

  • How long have you been using Wit & Wisdom as a primary instructional resource and at which grade level(s)? 
  • Which 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? 
  • What has been your greatest success in implementing Wit & Wisdom, and what led to this success? 
  • What has been your greatest challenge in implementing Wit & Wisdom, and how have you overcome it?