Great Minds PD Institute FAQs

 

General PD FAQs 

 

How Much Does Registration Cost?

The registration fee for the two-day session is $600/person. An early enrollment savings of $100 is available for those who register and pay by September 12, 2018. (Registration fee does not include transportation or lodging.) 

What is the Eureka PD Sequence?

Our expert team of experienced facilitators have crafted a multi-year plan of Eureka PD topics developed to successfully launch and sustain the curriculum. The sequence is posted below.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Registration cancellation requests must be submitted to the GM PD Services Team via e-mail at pd@greatminds.org. Fees will be fully refunded if registration cancellations are submitted to the PD Services Team at least two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled event start.

Is a Purchase Order an acceptable method of payment?

Purchase Orders are an acceptable method of payment. Please submit your Purchase Order within 30 days of completing your online registration, or no later than 2 weeks prior to the event start, whichever date is earliest. Contact the Purchase Order Validation team at ordertracking@greatminds.org if you have questions regarding Purchase Order submission or your Purchase Order's Status.

My district has already experienced some, but not all, of the recommended PD sequence. How should we choose sessions for the upcoming Institutes?

The sessions offered at the upcoming fall institutes are of use to all users who have not yet experienced them.

Fall institute registration is structured in 2-day session pairings. Can we split a pair of sessions among two participants so that one participant attends each day?

An attendee should participate in both days of the two-day session pairing. The sessions are offered in a sequence that capitalizes on learning that builds across the sessions.

If I’m not able to attend the city I’m registered in due to an unanticipated conflict, can I change cities?

For assistance in modifying an existing registration, contact PD Services at pd@greatminds.org.

Who should attend?

Great Minds Institutes are appropriate for teachers, coaches, administrators, and other instructional leaders. We recommend that schools or districts identify a team who will attend the institute and who can redeliver the PD content to other educators in their home district.

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee includes all the instructional materials needed to fully participate in the sessions. In addition, participants will receive the resources needed to redeliver the sessions in which they participated to other educators in their home school or district. These resources include a facilitator’s guide, handouts, and presentation file. Lunch will be provided (see location-specific webpage or the Event Detail sheet for more information).

Is transportation provided?

Participants are responsible for all transportation. Some of the institute venues provide shuttle service to and from the airports in their area. Information is provided on the location-specific webpage or the Event Detail sheet.

What are the housing accommodations for Great Minds Institutes?

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for lodging. A discounted room rate has been negotiated for each institute venue. To reserve a room at the special rate, follow the instructions provided on the location-specific webpage or the Event Detail sheet. You can also contact pd@greatminds.org for more information. Space is limited. Reserve your room as soon as you’ve registered for the institute to avoid disappointment.

When do sessions begin and end?

Sign-in begins daily at 8:00 AM. Sessions begin promptly at 8:30AM and end at 3:30PM. Short breaks and a one-hour lunch break are included in the daily schedule.

What should I bring?

All participants should bring the following module that corresponds to the grade level they teach, ideally a print copy. If a print copy is not available, please download our free Basic Curriculum Files on GreatMinds.org.

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We also ask that participants bring a Wi-Fi-enabled device (laptop, smartphone, or tablet) for completing daily evaluation surveys. 

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You may wish to bring a light sweater; some people find meeting rooms to be cooler than they like.

Will participants receive PD credits?

Great Minds is not affiliated with any agency that awards any form of continuing education credit. However, following the event, we will provide a letter of attendance. You may submit this letter, along with the event details, to the credit-awarding agency of your choice for their review.

Who teaches the sessions?

Eureka Math sessions at Great Minds Institutes are led by expert educators with deep understanding of the curriculum. They include teacher-writers who developed the curriculum and Eureka Math Fellows. These Fellows are highly-skilled teachers who have implemented Eureka Math in their local district and have undergone extensive training to provide professional development and implementation support as part of the Great Minds team.

Is parking provided?

Access to parking will vary by Institute location, and parking fees are not included in your Great Minds Institute registration. For detailed information about parking at your preferred Institute, please inquire at the conference hotel. Hotel contact information is included in the detailed event information for each site.

 

Registration Process FAQs

 

Important Registration Steps

  1. The system will time-out after 120 minutes so be sure to complete (by clicking the green ‘Finish’ button on the Payment Information page) before your time expires.By creating a password and clicking ‘Finish’, you can always log back into the registration page to make changes to an existing registration, or, create new registration(s) for additional attendees. 
  1. If you are completing the registration on behalf of another person, please be sure to provide your contact information (this can be done on the second page). If you will submit payment Purchase Order, we recommend you provide your administrator or billing contact’s information at this time as well. 
  1. If you are registering a group, you can easily add new attendee names by selecting‘Add Another Person’on the Session Selection or Payment Information page. 
  1. Your online reservation will not be complete until you have clicked the green ‘Finish’ button at the bottom of the Payment Information page. Please be sure to do this so that you do not lose the information already entered. 
  1. A Purchase Order is not required for the reservation process, however to confirm your registration, a valid Purchase Order must be submitted within 30 days of completing your online registration (and no later than 2 weeks prior to the event start date).Full instructions for submitting a Purchase Order are included at the end of the online reservation process.

Registration Time-Out

The system will time out after 120 minutes. Please be sure to complete your registration (click on the green ‘Finish’ button) before the system time’s-out. By creating a password, you can always come back to an existing registration and update it as needed. You may login to your existing registration for an event using your first participant’s email (“Primary Attendee”) and password. 

Registering on Behalf of Someone or in a Group

If you will be registering multiple people for an event, you can easily do this by simply adding in the other attendee names. On the Session Selection and Payment Information pages, you can click ‘Add Another Person’. This allows you to add an additional attendee without having to do a separate registration. 

We recommend you register as a group all attendees that will be covered under the same payment (credit card transaction or Purchase Order). If your group will submit payment via Purchase Order, and your administrator will not be attending the event, we recommend you provide your administrator or billing contact’s information in the optional fields. 

I Don’t Have All the Required Attendee Information 

If you are registering on behalf of someone and you do not know who the attendee will be, or you do not have the attendee’s email or cell phone, you can still proceed with the initial registration in order to hold a spot. Once you have the attendee information, you can go back into the registration and update it.