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"I feel like my instructional practices will be better as I plan lessons and get a better understanding of how my students will get the information. I also feel like my students will be more successful with all the fluency that is built into the program."

—CRIMSI Pilot Teacher

 

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At Great Minds® we know curriculum comes to life and has the greatest impact when teachers deeply understand and know how to implement it. As a TCLAS approved vendor for Professional Development, Great Minds offers learning opportunities that empower educators and maximize student learning with their TEKS aligned curricula. 

To set educators up for success with Eureka Math® TEKS Edition and PhD Science® TEKS Edition, our team of teacher–writers have created an integrated approach to giving teachers the skills they need for implementing key features of our high-quality curriculum and enhancing classroom instruction. Teacher gain a foundation for implementation driven by efficacy through our professional development and personalized coaching option and then utilize continuing support with on-demand implementation workshops. 

Professional Development (PD)

Created by the team of teacher-writers, our in-person and virtual PD sessions include options for teachers and leaders. These sessions ensure strong initial implementation as well as sustained success and support educators implement Great Minds curricula with fidelity. See session descriptions below.

 

Virtual Open Enrollment (VOE)

Virtual Open Enrollment Professional Development TEKS Edition consists of live online, facilitator-led sessions that are inspired by the same learning design and goals as our in-person sessions and are similarly tailored to your teachers' needs. View available sessions below labeled with "TEKS" or "Texas".

Personalized Coaching (PC)

Through modeling and observation, Great Minds coaches help teachers improve implementation and help leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices. Personalized approach to practice-based coaching that coaches teachers to improve implementation and helps leaders develop effective ways to support, understand, and evaluate day-to-day classroom practices. Personalized Coaching sessions are available for the 2022–23 school year and beyond!

Personalized Coaching descriptions will be added to this site soon!

 

 

Eureka Math TEKS Edition
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Great Minds is the exclusive provider of professional development written and delivered by the creators of Eureka Math. Our team of teacher–writers' high-quality professional development leads to greater student gains and more effective teachers. The two-step plan below integrates both Professional Development (PD) and Personalized Coaching (PC) so all teachers can feel confident with the curriculum.

To map out a tailored professional learning plan that meets your teacher's needs, contact your Account Solutions Manager to map your pathway. 

Access our professional development syllabus and course catalog to view our recommended three-year plan that implements both professional development and personalized coaching.

VIEW SYLLABUS
 

Foundational Professional Development

Educators new to Eureka Math TEKS Edition learn through these sessions how to customize the curriculum to meet student needs. Sessions are designed to help teachers and math leaders learn how to implement Eureka Math TEKS Edition with confidence.

Launch Eureka Math TEKS Edition

This is a full day training for new users to implement Eureka Math TEKS Edition successfully. Educators explore the curriculum to understand how the learning design and lessons build a comprehensive and coherent understanding of mathematics. 


Lead Eureka Math TEKS Edition

This full-day training is designed for K–5 district and school leaders. It is a balance of study, experiential learning, analysis, and practice that sets participants up for success in leading implementation of the Eureka Math TEKS Edition curriculum in their classrooms.


Fluency in Action

This full day training is for educators ready to investigate the role of fluency practices, including Sprints, skip-counting, and other counting exercises. Participants' experience, analyze, and practice routines to learn how to use these powerful tools to build and maintain student fluency. 


Preparation and Customization of Eureka Math TEKS Edition Lessons

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


Sustaining Professional Development (Coming Summer 2022)

Seasoned practitioners who have completed the foundational courses can deepen their understanding of the curriculum and strengthen their implementation through this advanced coursework. All three offerings are available as virtual or in-person sessions.

Major Work of the Grade Band

Educators experience the trajectory of learning in a grade band, which reveals the coherence of the curriculum. Participants deepen their understanding of the role of each grade in the grade band and learn strategies for adjusting instruction to meet student needs. Separate sessions focus on Grades K–2 and 3–5. 


 

Solving Word Problems

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. 


 

Assessing Student Understanding

Participants will describe assessment as an essential tool to inform instruction and facilitate learning. Participants will use assessments to determine students’ current level of understanding, identify where further development may be needed, and make instructional choices based on data from assessments.


 

Special Focus Professional Development

In addition to our Foundational and Sustaining track of learning, Eureka Math TEKS Edition writers have created new 90 minute* virtual sessions to support educators as they dig deeper into the curriculum. 

 

*Addressing Unfinished Work with Eureka Math Equip is a 3 hour virtual session

Equitable Access for Special Populations

This session allows participants to experience how the philosophy, structure, and embedded supports of Eureka Math TEKS Edition facilitate access to grade-level content for special populations, and to learn how to best use these components to meet the needs of all learners.


 

Exit Ticket to Inform Instruction

In this session, participants will practice a replicable three-step process for using and analyzing Exit Tickets to determine student progress toward mastery of the learning objective for a Eureka Math TEKS Edition lesson. Participants will analyze and use Exit Ticket data to strategically move students so they can plan instruction accordingly.


 

Read-Draw-Write

After attending this session, participants will have a transferable planning process for preparing facilitation of Application Problems, explain how the Read–Draw–Write (RDW) process is transferable and help students make meaning of and solve any word problem, and learn to guide students in using the RDW process to make meaning of and solve problems through effective questioning and making thinking visible.


 

Addressing Unfinished Work with Eureka Math Equip

In this three hour virtual session, educators explore how to use pre-module assessments and data-driven remediation recommendations to make instructional choices that will help accelerate learning while keeping students on track with grade-level content.


 

Implementation Workshop Series

Our Implementation Workshop Series consists of three 90-minute sessions for educators and leaders who will facilitate and support the use of Eureka Math TEKS Edition. View on-demand recordings below.

Professional Development

 

PhD Science TEKS Edition
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Don't simply lecture about science. Lead students in driving their own exploration of science. Great Minds® is the exclusive provider of professional development written and delivered by the creators of PhD Science and our team of teacher–writers have designed a two-step plan below that integrates both Professional Development (PD) and Personalized Coaching (PC) so all teachers can feel confident with the curriculum.

To map out a tailored professional learning plan that meets your teacher's needs, contact your Account Solutions Manager. 

Step One: Foundational Professional Development and Coaching

Foundational PD sessions build and deepen new educators' understanding of the curricular design and pedagogy of PhD Science. Sessions help both teachers and science leaders learn how to implement PhD Science with confidence.

 

Launch PhD Science TEKS Edition

This session focuses on the curriculum's learning design, approach to knowledge building, and lesson structure. These sessions detail how each module incorporates hands-on investigations, trade books, and fine art in an age-appropriate manner. Prepare to transition to a student-driven classroom with a focus on building lasting knowledge before implementing lessons in the classroom.


 

Module Level Study Levels K–5

This session takes participants through the process to deepen understanding of a module, the science highlighted, and the knowledge and investigations progressions.


 

Planning and Preparing for PhD Science TEKS Edition Implementation Levels K–5

Dive into PhD Science TEKS Edition resources and learn how to use practical planning tools and strategies to build your content knowledge while preparing for curriculum implementation.


 

Lead Implementation for Administrators

This session builds leaders’ understanding of the what and why of PhD Science TEKS Edition; guides leaders to plan and prepare for successful implementation.


 

Step Two: Sustaining Professional Development and Coaching

Seasoned practitioners who have completed the foundational courses can deepen their understanding of the curriculum and strengthen their implementation through this advanced coursework.

 
 
 

Guided Observations for Leaders Levels K–5

In this session, selected leaders participate in classroom observations with the PhD Science team to identify trends of implementation to celebrate successes and identify areas for improvement. Participating in this session improves instructional leaders' ability to support effective classroom practice.


 

Deliver a Lesson Collaboratively Levels K–5

With a guidance of implementation support specialists, practice planning, preparing, and delivering a lesson to improve student outcomes and establish best practices for instruction.


 

Planning and Preparing by Using Checks for Understanding Levels K–5

See how the formative Checks for Understanding assessment tool can help you monitor learning as well as guide instructional decisions and pacing.


 

Questions? 

For any questions about Great Minds® or how to map a tailored professional learning pathway that meet the needs of teachers when it matters most contact your local Account Solutions Manager