Educators Wept with Joy at English Language Arts Achievement Gains

When the principal of Clayton Elementary School in this Denver suburb announced English language arts state test...

Dual Sides of Family Engagement

This month, we asked educators across the country to reflect on how they engage families and caregivers in Wit &...

Pathways to Family Engagement

This month, we asked educators across the country to reflect on how they engage families and caregivers in the Wit &...

Engaging Families in Wit & Wisdom®

As educators, we are experts in curriculum and instruction. We understand, broadly, students’ needs and how to help...

Want to Know How School is Going for Your Children? Ask the Right Questions

Terri Downing offers great advice to parents in an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The Coach We All Need: How Great Coaches Support Teacher Preparation

This month, we asked educators across the country to reflect on their preparation for Wit & Wisdom® instruction....

How I Prepare to Teach Wit & Wisdom®

This month, we asked educators across the country to reflect on their preparation for Wit & Wisdom®...

Structural Design Features for Effective Wit & Wisdom® Preparation

Most educators graduate from teacher preparation programs ready to plan their lessons but not to internalize...

Prioritized Instruction for the 2021–2022 Academic Year

Prioritized Instruction for the 2021–2022 Academic Year:A Position Paper from the Great Minds® Humanities Team

At...

Complex Texts for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning

This month, we asked teachers across the country to reflect on how they engage their students in Wit &Wisdom’s® ...

Solidifying Academic Vocabulary Through Complex Texts and Hands-On Experiences

This month, we asked teachers across the country to reflect on how they engage their students in Wit &...

Using Complex Texts to Address Unfinished Instruction

At Great Minds®, we believe all students deserve opportunities to read complex texts, complete grade-level tasks,...

Understanding Wit & Wisdom

Guidance

Deep understanding of each module and the Wit & Wisdom approach will empower you to fully leverage the...

Wit & Wisdom® Opening Minds through Hands-On Learning Opportunities

For the K–6 students in Springfield, Ohio, the Wit & Wisdom® curriculum is not only opening doors and windows to...

Building A Reader's Oasis In A Book Desert

I've always been a bookworm. It's one reason I became an English teacher. Each year, one of my top goals is to share...

Reading Instruction: What's Missing, How to Fill in the Gaps

Educators have cause for concern. Only about a third of Grade 4 students are proficient readers. A disproportionate...

Reading Instruction Today

Despite a lot of other national news dominating headlines, reading instruction in the early grades has been getting...

Setting Goals and Planning for Next Year’s Wit & Wisdom® Implementation

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS

In last month’s issue, we discussed the cycle Wit & Wisdom educators can follow to...

Adopting a Knowledge-Building Curriculum During the Pandemic

Despite many obvious complications, starting to implement Wit & Wisdom® (the language arts curriculum from Great...

Principal Values Wit & Wisdom® as Part of Her School's Approach to Addressing Racism

Under the leadership of principal Julissa Lambert-Yank, Acorn Woodland Elementary School in Oakland, California is...

Reflecting on Wit & Wisdom® Implementation

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS

“Few people can learn in a vacuum—all but the most solitary creatures among us crave reflection...

Navigating Year One of Wit & Wisdom® Implementation

Be patient and trust the process. Give yourself and your students some grace, especially during the pandemic. And...

Academics and Social and Emotional Learning? Absolutely.

For many years, I coached teachers on the art of incorporating social-emotional skills into classroom instruction....

Amid Many Changes, Quality Curriculum and Instruction Remain Central

Superintendent Shawn Kimble and his leadership team were clear. Despite the many challenges caused by the pandemic,...

Quality Curriculum Anchors District’s Response to the Pandemic

For Sumner County Schools north of Nashville in Gallatin, Tennessee, quality curriculum has been a great equalizer,...

Helping English Learners Find Their Voice

I studied French for eight years in school before I moved to Paris and found out I was still pretty bad at speaking...

Speaking and Listening in Wit & Wisdom®

OVERVIEW

Speaking and listening are at the core of learning. As babies, we learn by listening. As we begin to speak,...

Wit & Wisdom® is “Transformational;” PhD Science® Boosts Science Learning

“Wit & Wisdom has been transformational, a real game-changer for us,” says Becky Michael, language arts content area...

Writing to Learn and Learning to Write with Wit & Wisdom®

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS To be successful in school, at work, and as citizens, students must learn to write. Writing well...

Making the Shift to a Content-Focused Curriculum

When it came time to select a new English language arts curriculum during the 2019–2020 school year, educators at...

Preparing for Statewide and Standardized Assessments with Wit & Wisdom®

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

Teachers of English language arts (ELA) know the complexity of their discipline. Reading...

Louisiana Leads with Content Leader Program

There’s no magic wand to conjure successful curriculum implementation. To be successful, teachers must intensely...

A Blueprint for Breaking Barriers

On October 26, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. posed a profound yet simple question to a group of junior high school...

Diversity in English Language Arts Curricula

Great Minds® asked Kyair Butts, the 2019 Teacher of the Year for Baltimore City Public Schools, why diversity in...

Mad River, Wit & Wisdom Featured in Young Children Journal

Students at Saville Elementary School in the Mad River Local School District near, Dayton, Ohio, jumped in their...

Reflecting and Refreshing for Social Emotional Learning

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

The new year offers a...

“#WeLoveMsJan”: The Teacher With Her Own Hashtag

Jan Busey was nervous. After years in the classroom, the retired teacher was about to start recording literacy video...

Reading Complex Texts in Wit & Wisdom

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

All Wit & Wisdom students engage in a transferable process—the Content Stages—to read...

Building Knowledge with Wit & Wisdom

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

By systematically building students’ knowledge within and across Kindergarten through Grade 8, ...

Teaching Wit & Wisdom at a Distance

this month's focus

Many of the key elements of Wit & Wisdom® translate well to distance learning, and through...

Art Analysis as a Literacy Tool

As an artist and educator, I was thrilled to see The New York Times spotlight and guide readers through a close...

"Productive Struggle" Helping Students—and Staff

Educators in Rogers Public Schools in northwest Arkansas have seen first-hand how students benefit from productive...

Leading Public Charter Network Embraces Rigorous ELA and Math Curricula

IDEA Public Schools is one of the largest and most successful public charter networks in the country. Started in...

Kyair Butts on Making Distance Learning Work

Great Minds® checked in with Baltimore City Public Schools Grade 6 teacher and 2019 Baltimore Teacher of the Year...

Thoughtful Wit & Wisdom® Implementation Has Been Key to Buy-In and Success

Talk about commitment.  

The four Grade 3 teachers at Grass Valley Elementary School in Humboldt County, Nevada,...

After Early Success in Grade 3, Other Teachers Wanted Wit & Wisdom® for Their Students Too

Shawn Kimble, superintendent of rural Lauderdale County Schools northwest of Memphis, was planning to roll out Wit &...

My Students and I Are Just Blown Away

Jen Arellano was drawn to education after volunteering to teach reading in her son’s first grade classroom. She...

Rural School Posts Major Gains in English Language Arts with Wit & Wisdom®

Angela Patzer remembers the day she realized that Linford Elementary School’s new English language arts curriculum, ...

Wit & Wisdom® and Eureka Math® Help California Charter School Network Continue Strong Gains in Math and ELA

The Scholarship Prep Public Schools network in southern California continues to make strong gains in student...

Early Adopter Continues to Make Progress with Wit & Wisdom®

Mad River Local Schools was one of the first districts to adopt Wit & Wisdom®, the English language arts curriculum...

The Story of Geodes, Part 1

Note: Great Minds® featured Geodes®, a new library of books for emerging readers, at the ASCD Empower19 conference...

Students Gain with Engaging Content

Center City Public Charter Schools (PCS) opened in 2008 as the first Catholic-to-charter school conversion in the...

Engaging, Relevant Lessons Lead to Achievement Gains

When did the leaders of Brooklyn Charter School know that Wit & Wisdom® was having an impact beyond the impressive...

In Baltimore, a School-Library Partnership is a Recipe for Success

What if a student could not only read Green Eggs and Ham but also explore cooking green eggs and ham?

Supporting Equity Through a Knowledge-Building Approach to ELA

Great Minds® embraces the research that knowledge building should start at the outset of a student’s education. But...

Knowledge Building in Early Literacy to Develop Lifelong Readers

Great Minds® embraces the research that knowledge building should start at the outset of a student’s education. But...

What Inspires Students to Love Reading? (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the definition of volume of reading as well as why volume of reading is...

What Inspires Students to Love Reading? (Part 1)

What exactly is a volume of reading? If you put the day’s schedule on the board for students to read, is that a...

Old Painting, New Ideas

My daughter is bright, creative, and loves history.  She’s intellectually curious.  

She’s also dyslexic. That meant...

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE

Mindy Dorfman is in her 25th year of teaching at Richard Wright Elementary in North Philadelphia. She hastaught...

Building a Classroom Community of Readers

Do you remember that look of excitement and joy on your students’ faces when they discovered “that book” that was...

How to Use Visual Art to Build Literacy

Before becoming an elementary school teacher, I was an art educator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. My...

North Carolina elementary school’s new ELA program makes local WLOS news

In the fall of 2016, Grade 3 classrooms in the North Carolina school were introduced to a new, standards-aligned...

How Can You Engage All Learners and Boost Literacy?

When it comes to teaching English Language Arts, so much has changed over the years—the Common Core State...

Beaufort County Schools Spotlight on Local TV Station

“Stop watering it down and build a ladder up. … Keep your bar high, but let’s provide scaffolding to get students...

Keeping Your New (School) Year’s Resolutions

Most people begin new year’s resolutions in January. But teachers know: summer’s end is when the new year really...

Artists Make Art

For this second interview in our Author/Illustrator blog series, we enjoyed an enlightening conversation with...

The Knowledge Story

Over the past several weeks, Great Minds® teacher–writer Emily Gula examined the five Content Stages by...

Distilling the Essence

Great Minds® teacher-writer Emily Gula continues her conversations with students and teachers around the country...

Read, Repeat, Reveal

In this third installment of a five-part blog series, Great Minds® teacher-writer Emily Gula connects with...

Get Organized

In this second installment of a five-part blog series, Great Minds® teacher-writer Emily Gula connects with...

Joseph Bruchac on the Importance and Impact of Identity

In this first of a series of interviews with Wit & Wisdom® teacher-writers and the authors whose work is featured...

What a Wonderful World

In this five-part blog series, teacher-writer Emily Gula connects with students and teachers around the country...

Striving For Greatness

LaKendra Butler is the founder and school leader of STRIVE Collegiate Academy, a diverse charter middle school...

Finding The Joy In Rigor

Rachel Stack is the Director of Humanities at Great Minds, where she leads the team of excellent teacher-writers...

Inside The Classroom: Engaging Students Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Tonya Davis is an 8th grade English teacher at Friendship Blow-Pierce Middle school in Washington, DC. She...

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