“#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 lessons for the first time, with...

Reading Complex Texts in Wit & Wisdom

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

All Wit & Wisdom students engage in a transferable process—the Content Stages—to read grade-level texts so that all develop...

Building Knowledge with Wit & Wisdom

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS 

By systematically building students’ knowledge within and across Kindergarten through Grade 8, Wit & Wisdom® embraces and...

Reading instruction today: What's missing, and how to fill in the gaps

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

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 strategic planning and action, teachers 

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 examination of the exquisite...

"Productive Struggle" Helping Students—and Staff

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

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 2000 in the Rio Grande Valley 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 Kyair Butts on how he’s making...

Wit & Wisdom Grades K–2 from Great Minds Earn Top EdReports Rating

For Immediate Release

Contact: Chad Colby: Chad.Colby@greatminds.org (202) 297-9437

Monday, March 2, 2020—Grades K–2 of Wit & Wisdom®, the English...

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, meet at lunch every day to plan...

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 & Wisdom® one grade at a time. Fat...

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