Humanities Professional Development and Coaching

Great Minds’ Professional Development and Coaching demonstrate an intuitive approach to the cognitive science of how we learn. Through the activation of a peer, knowledge-building community, teachers teach and grow their students based on connections to passions and practice as educators. Our professional learning sessions draw on the human capacity for understanding to re-engage the learner in all of us.

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Implementing Wit & Wisdom

Currently, all sessions are only offered virtually. These offerings consist of live, 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.

Private Virtual PD

Come together with educators from your school or district for a private PD session just for your group. Great Minds facilitators will work with up to 35 participants joining from their homes or classrooms on their individual computers.

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Virtual Open Enrollment

Join educators from around the country for an open enrollment virtual PD session. Sessions are led by two Great Minds facilitators and are designed for 20 to 35 individual participants. View the schedule and sign up for a session.

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Virtual Coaching

Virtual coaching supports educators’ effective implementation of the curriculum. Sessions build local leaders' capacity to enhance implementation and empower teachers to make informed decisions regarding instruction.

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Professional Development

  • Launch Wit & Wisdom
  • Lead Wit & Wisdom (for administrators)
  • Module and Lesson Study
  • Writing in Wit & Wisdom
  • Focus on Fluency
  • Testing and Wit & Wisdom
  • Getting Started with Geodes, Level 1 and 2

Coaching

  • Guided Observations for Leaders
  • Wit & Wisdom Custom Strategic Planning
  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Knowledge Building
  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Complex Texts
  • Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Writing
  • Learn Anywhere with Wit & Wisdom In Sync
  • Strengths-based Site Visit (in person only)

Sessions Overview

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Launch Wit & Wisdom

The first in the Wit & Wisdom professional development sequence, Launch Wit & Wisdom introduces new adopters to the research foundation, learning design, approach to knowledge building and complex texts, and module and lesson components. The session is split into two parts allowing for scheduling flexibility.

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Lead Wit & Wisdom

This session builds leaders’ understanding of the what and why of Wit & Wisdom and guides leaders to plan and prepare for successful implementation. The session is split into two parts allowing for scheduling flexibility.

Module & Lesson Study

Module and Lesson Study takes participants deep into the curriculum’s structure and offers practical planning tools and strategies. The session is split into two parts allowing for scheduling flexibility.

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Writing in Wit & Wisdom

This session dives into Wit & Wisdom’s text-based approach to teaching informative, opinion/ argument, and narrative writing. The session is split into two parts allowing for scheduling flexibility.

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Focus on Fluency

Focus on Fluency deepens educators’ understanding of fluency, its impact on student literacy, and how best to teach it.

Testing and Wit & Wisdom

Testing and Wit & Wisdom deepens educators’ understanding of the demands of statewide English language arts (ELA) assessments, research on effective approaches to test preparation, and how Wit & Wisdom prepares students for statewide ELA assessments.

Getting Started with Geodes, Levels 1 and 2

This session is an introduction to Geodes’ research base and accessible, knowledge-building approach. It supports implementation with resources and a flexible framework for planning Geodes instruction.

CUSTOM STRATEGIC PLANNING

Custom Strategic Planning is a flexible coaching offering tailored to leaders’ needs. Topics include helping create continuous learning plans, providing model lessons, and more.

GUIDED OBSERVATIONS FOR LEADERS

This session builds leaders’ understanding of what successful implementation looks like, how to identify and build on strengths, and how to guide teachers toward improving their knowledge and practice through coaching, PLC work, etc.

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Knowledge Building

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Knowledge Building is designed for leaders and coaches and deepens educators’ understanding of Wit & Wisdom’s approach to knowledge-building, its impact on students’ literacy development, and the implications for instruction.

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Complex Texts

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Complex Texts delves into what complex texts are, why they are essential to strong literacy development, and the process that Wit & Wisdom uses to teach students to closely read complex texts.

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Writing

Understanding Wit & Wisdom’s Design – Writing examines the elements of effective writing and deepens educators’ understanding of Wit & Wisdom’s approach to writing instruction to foster effective writing.

Learn Anywhere with Wit & Wisdom In Sync

This session supports continuous learning using the Learn Anywhere Plan and how to toggle between in-person (full Wit & Wisdom) and virtual instruction (Wit & Wisdom in Sync) .

Strengths-based Site Visit (in person only)

This in-person session empowers educators to identify strengths in implementation and to develop implementation strategies.

Plan PD or Coaching for your school

Whether you're ready to register for a session or you're still making a plan for professional development, connect with Great Minds. We will work together to make the best plan for your implementation timeline and local goals. 

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