Wit & Wisdom Fellows Program

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Wit & Wisdom Fellows Program

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Wit & Wisdom Fellows Program

Great Minds, a rapidly growing non-profit organization developing world class curricula for PK-12, seeks a Wit & Wisdom Fellows to join our dynamic, dedicated team. Our mission is to ensure all students have access to a quality education and the full range of liberal arts and sciences.

The uncompromising curriculum from Great Minds assumes that every child is capable of greatness. We bring teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™, and PhD Science™, all give school teachers what they need to take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences.


Wit & Wisdom Fellows, like Summer Associates, are a group of outstanding educators selected to work in collaboration with the Wit & Wisdom professional development team with the goal of facilitating Wit & Wisdom's in-person PD sessions. After completing a training regimen, Fellows support local and national implementation of Wit & Wisdom, traveling to assist users around the country, and working via a job-sharing arrangement for both their local district and Great Minds—the nonprofit organization that created Wit & Wisdom. The term of the fellowship is one year.


We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of Wit & Wisdom Fellows. The entry deadline is November 18, 2018. 



Who should apply?

Outstanding Wit & Wisdom teachers, instructional coaches, and ELA curriculum specialists who demonstrate the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Have a passion for teaching Wit & Wisdom
  • Use Wit & Wisdom as the primary curriculum in their school or district
  • Want to expand their knowledge of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum
  • Enjoy working with educators, and have experience with PD facilitation
  • Share the belief that every child is capable of greatness, and have an interest in collaborating with educators to act on this belief
  • Encourage rigor in the classroom, amongst both peers and students
  • Have a commitment to knowledge-building, and an orientation around rich text study as the context for skill-building
  • Share the principles that guide Wit & Wisdom's approach to PD
  • Want to facilitate Wit & Wisdom PD sessions in their own districts and across the country while still working with their home school or district via a job-sharing arrangement
  • Have availability to deliver Wit & Wisdom PD for a minimum of ten days during Summer 2019 (for additional compensation), in addition to the job-sharing agreement during the 2019–2020 school year


What goals guide Wit & Wisdom's approach to professional development?

The Wit & Wisdom team works directly with teachers in sessions delivered at different phases of implementation. Wit & Wisdom’s  Professional Development sessions....

  • emphasize experiential knowledge-building,
  • engage participants as trusted colleagues,
  • reinforce the joyful rigor of engaging with complex texts,
  • amplify specific components of the curriculum,
  • drive inquiry,
  • integrate differentiation, and
  • deliver practical methods and strategies.

For more information, see “About Wit & Wisdom's Guiding Philosophy for Professional Development” here: http://witeng.link/wwpdphilosophy.


What is the cost for applicants/host districts?

There is no cost to the individual, as Great Minds covers all travel costs. Each Fellow's home school/district grants release time for the training sessions.


What is the timeline for becoming a Wit & Wisdom Fellow?

November 18, 2018 – Application deadline

December 1, 2018 – Selection of prospective Fellows

February 2019 – In-person Fellows training

March-April 2019 – Co-facilitation of a PD session

May 2019 – Begin delivering PD based on a Fellow’s end of school year


Which grade levels will be supported by Wit & Wisdom Fellows?

Individuals experienced in teaching Wit & Wisdom at any grade level (K–8) are welcome to apply.


How many Fellows will be selected to join the cohort?

Up to fifteen Fellows will be selected to join our team of PD facilitators.


What is the training process to become a Fellow?

Selected applicants will participate in a virtual webinar meeting and attend a required three-day training in February 2019. At this event, prospective Fellows will observe Wit & Wisdom PD sessions, debrief the sessions with current Wit & Wisdom PD facilitators, and engage in guided study and discussion of other materials to support redelivery of Wit & Wisdom PD sessions. Following the training event, each prospective Fellow will co-present a session with a current Wit & Wisdom facilitator as the final requirement prior to facilitating PD independently as a Fellow.


How are Fellows compensated for their work?

Fellows will deliver Wit & Wisdom PD sessions during Summer 2019 and during the 2019–2020 school year. Fellows are paid a daily rate for work during the summer and during school holidays. Fellows work for Great Minds during the school year per the details of their job-share contract.


How much travel is expected of a Fellow?

The amount of travel will depend on the specific job-share agreement between Great Minds and the home school or district of the Fellow. For example, if one has an 80 percent: 20 percent job-share agreement with Great Minds, then over a two-week period, one could expect to work in one’s home school or district eight days and with Wit & Wisdom two consecutive days during the period. This would translate to facilitating two PD sessions per month.

Specifics regarding travel depend on the demand for PD, but Fellows should expect to travel outside of their district and state. Travel time will be compensated, and every effort will be made to ensure this is manageable with local school and personal responsibilities.


Why become a Fellow?

Fellows will have the opportunity to do the following:

Deepen their expertise of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum while receiving training and coaching from Wit & Wisdom writers and facilitators to deliver PD sessions.

Broaden their perspective on English Language Arts education by traveling and collaborating with teachers and ELA professionals across the country.

Extend their networks of professional learning as they share experiences and best practices with the Wit & Wisdom team and other ELA professionals with whom they interact as Fellows.


How will a school/district benefit from having a Fellow on staff?

The school or district will develop internal capacity and expertise to support ongoing implementation of Wit & Wisdom.

Fellows will be able to provide Wit & Wisdom PD sessions at no cost to their home districts as often as the district needs.

Fellows will have extensive opportunities to expand their network of Wit & Wisdom implementers, giving their school and/or district access to that network and additional support.

Great Minds will fund a portion of the salary and benefits of the Fellow during the course of the fellowship in a job-share agreement. The amount funded is determined by the amount of time dedicated to facilitating Wit & Wisdom PD during the school year.


How will Fellows be selected?

Throughout the application and training process, prospective Fellows will be evaluated on their content knowledge, understanding of Wit & Wisdom, and facilitation skills. To become a Fellow, educators will need to demonstrate a clear grasp of the curriculum’s learning design, concise communication, and responsiveness to the needs of peers/participants. The ability to maintain the integrity of the curriculum coupled with a collegial approach is an essential balance to hold in order to be a Fellow.


How do I apply to become a Fellow?

Complete the application form found here [LM1] no later than November 18, 2018. 


What should I include in my cover letter?

Please submit a cover letter that addresses the following questions:

How long have you been using Wit & Wisdom as a primary instructional resource and at what grade level(s)?

What Wit & Wisdom PD sessions have you attended? What were your two most valuable takeaways? (if you aren’t sure of the session title(s), please provide a brief description of the session focus.)

Why are you interested in applying for this position?

What has been your greatest success in implementing Wit & Wisdom, and what led to this success?

What has been your greatest challenge in implementing Wit & Wisdom, and what have you done to overcome it?


How is the Fellow position different than the Summer Associate position?

Fellows and Summer Associates participate in the same recruitment and training processes, from application and interview, to subsequent training. The difference is in the length of the position, and thus the associated work agreement. Fellows will have an individual agreement with Great Minds for PD delivered over any non-school days, and a job-share contract signed by their school/district for PD delivered during school days. Summer Associates will enter into a limited term of part-time employment from approximately May-August.

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Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.