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REGIONAL PD EVENTS

This summer Great Minds® will facilitate a number of district-hosted regional open enrollment PD events for Eureka Math® and Wit & Wisdom®.  These PD events provide educators with a meaningful learning experience and an opportunity to collaborate with peers and engage with an incredible community of educators. See the schedule below for sites and dates.

  

UPCOMING DATES & LOCATIONS

Participants enroll in a grade-band-specific session that best serves their learning goals. Each day, facilitators guide participants in a six-hour session. Check-in typically begins at 8:00 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. 

 

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RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE 

Intentionally sequenced PD sessions cumulatively build educators’ understanding of the curriculum and strengthen their implementation skills. Great Minds recommends that educators start with Foundational sessions before moving into more advanced courses. 

 
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SESSION DETAILS

For more detailed information about what each session covers, click the session titles below.

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Launch Eureka Math

Grade Bands: K-5, 6-12

Grades K-5 Session Agenda
Grades 6-12 Session Agenda

This session prepares new users to implement Eureka Math successfully. Educators explore the curriculum to understand how the learning design and lessons build a comprehensive and coherent understanding of mathematics.

Focus on fluency

Grade Bands: K-5, 6-8

Grades K-5 Session Agenda
Grades 6-8 Session Agenda

In this session, educators spend most of their time practicing fluency exercises. Participants learn more about the curriculum's instructional tools that support students' fluency.

Preparation and Customization

Grade Bands: K-5, 6-8, 9–12

Grades K-5 Session Agenda
Grades 6-8 Session Agenda
Grades 9–12 Session Agenda

The purpose of this full-day session is threefold: to empower teachers to discern the decisions inherent in each Eureka Math lesson, to study the curriculum's teaching sequences, and to prepare teachers to customize lessons to meet the needs of their students.

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Grade Bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Grades K-2 Session Agenda
Grades 3-5 Session Agenda
Grades 6-8 Session Agenda

Educators already implementing the curriculum deepen their understanding of the fundamental mathematics instruction within and across grade bands. Participants study Problem Sets, analyze teaching sequences, deliver lesson segments, practice fluency activities, and model with mathematics.

solving word problems

Grade Bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Grades K-2 Session Agenda
Grades 3-5 Session Agenda
Grades 6-8 Session Agenda

In this session, participants learn how to effectively model and teach word problems by using math drawings. The study and practice of solving word problems further reveals the coherence of the curriculum and how this mathematical model supports student learning across the grades.

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lead Wit & Wisdom

Lead Wit & Wisdom This session builds leaders’ understanding of the what and why of Wit & Wisdom and to guide leaders to plan and prepare for successful implementation.

  • Understand the what and why of Wit & Wisdom’s learning design.
  • Realize the value of productive struggle for deep learning.
  • Identify the instructional shifts that may be required of teachers.
  • Understand the value of knowledge building.
  • Know Wit & Wisdom’s process for unlocking complex texts—the Content Stages.
  • Plan for module and lesson preparation.
  • Anticipate what to expect in Year 1 of implementation.

Timing:

Schedule Lead Wit & Wisdom as soon as possible after adoption.


Attendees:
  • School Leaders
  • Instructional coaches
  • Administrators

launch Wit & Wisdom

Launch Wit & Wisdom is the first in-person session in the Wit & Wisdom professional development sequence. This session introduces users to the curriculum’s learning design, including:

  • the questioning framework teachers and students use to access, understand, and analyze complex texts
  • the role texts play in building knowledge of worthy topics
  • module and lesson instructional components
  • student learning in a lesson

Timing:

If you have not previously experienced any Wit & Wisdom PD.


Attendees:
  • Teachers
  • Instructional coaches
  • Administrators

Agenda:
  • Group Text Analysis
  • Content Framing Questions Application
  • Module Text Examination
  • Instructional Component Presentation
  • Lesson Study

Outcomes:
  • Develop a shared Wit & Wisdom lexicon that promotes coherence across classrooms and collaboration among colleagues.
  • Learn the “what and why” of Wit & Wisdom’s learning design and understand how the individual parts build the whole curriculum.
  • Begin to learn key, repeatable practices for preparing to teach a module and lessons.
  • Develop understanding of the intentionality, vertical alignment, rigor, and comprehensive standards coverage.
  • Learn how to navigate resources more efficiently, confidently, and independently.

writing in Wit & Wisdom

Writing in Wit & Wisdom is one of two options after the Launch session in the Wit & Wisdom professional development sequence. This session introduces users to the curriculum’s approach to teaching informative, opinion/argument, and narrative writing, including:

  • expectations for student writers for each writing type
  • the importance of deep content knowledge to effective writing
  • the framework teachers and students use to learn the craft of writing
  • the role of writing models in scaffolding writing instruction
  • the power of an integrated approach to writing instruction

  • Timing:

    If you have experienced Launch Wit & Wisdom.


    Attendees:
    • Teachers
    • Instructional coaches
    • Administrators

    Agenda:
    • Writing Expectations Analysis
    • Content and Craft Stages Application
    • Examination of Content Knowledge Development, Craft Stages, and Writing Models
    • Integration Exploration

    Outcomes:
    • Develop a shared understanding of Wit & Wisdom’s approach to writing instruction, leading to stronger implementation, coherence across classrooms, and effective collaboration among colleagues.
    • Learn the “what and why” of Wit & Wisdom’s writing expectations for informative, opinion/argument, and narrative writing.
    • Develop understanding of the curriculum’s intentionality, vertical alignment, rigor, and comprehensive standards coverage with regard to writing.
    • Understand the purpose and power of deep content knowledge, the Craft Stages, and writing models in supporting effective student writing

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    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    These PD events are designed for all educators, from those involved in daily classroom instruction to the teams and administrators supporting that instruction. Attendees typically include the following:

    • Classroom teachers
    • Curriculum leads and coaches
    • Special educators and interventionists
    • Curriculum directors
    • School or district administrators

     

    REGISTRATION

    If you plan to attend any of the events listed above, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Capacity is limited, and events usually sell out. To register, please click the Event Details button next to the event listing. 

    COST

    $300 per person (single-day track)

    Please note: Seats may be reserved using a credit card or a school- or district-issued purchase order, which must be submitted within 30 days of registration. For more information, please see our FAQs below.

    Interested in sending a team? Please contact us to discuss group pricing options.  

     

    NEED HELP?

    If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of our PD Services team, email us at PD@greatminds.org. Check out our FAQs by clicking below.

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