Wit & Wisdom Summer Associate Program

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Wit & Wisdom Summer Associate Program

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing non-profit organization developing world class curricula for PK-12, seeks Wit & Wisdom Summer Associates 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 Summer Associates, like Fellows, 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 throughout the summer. After completing a training regimen, Summer Associates assist users around the country from approximately May-August.


We are now accepting applications for the Wit & Wisdom Summer Associate program. More details are included in the FAQs below. 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
  • Have availability to deliver Wit & Wisdom PD for a minimum of ten days during Summer 2019.


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.


Which grade levels will be supported by Wit & Wisdom Summer Associates?

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


How many Summer Associates will be selected to join the program?

Up to 25 Summer Associates will be selected to join our team of PD facilitators for the summer months of approximately May-August.


What is the training process to become a Summer Associate?

Selected applicants will participate in a virtual webinar meeting and attend a required three-day training in February 2019. At this event, prospective Summer Associates 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 Summer Associate will co-present a session with a current Wit & Wisdom facilitator as the final requirement prior to facilitating PD independently as a Summer Associate.


How are Summer Associates compensated for their work?

Summer Associates will deliver Wit & Wisdom PD sessions during Summer 2019 and are paid a rate of $1200 which covers preparation, travel time, and PD delivery for each session.


How much travel is expected of a Summer Associate?

Specifics regarding travel depend on the demand for PD, but Summer Associates can expect to travel outside of their state. Applicants must be willing to provide a minimum of 10 days on-site professional development as assigned by Wit & Wisdom PD Services.



Why become a Summer Associate?


Summer Associates 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 Summer Associates. 


How will Summer Associates be selected?

Throughout the application and training process, prospective Summer Associates will be evaluated on their understanding of Wit & Wisdom, and facilitation skills. To become a Summer Associate, 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 Summer Associate.


How do I apply to become a Summer Associate?

Complete the application form found here 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 for each? (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 address it?


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


Summer Associates and Fellows 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. Summer Associates will enter into a limited term of part-time employment from approximately May-August. Fellows deliver PD throughout the year, entering an individual agreement with Great Minds for PD delivered on any non-school days and a job-share contract signed by their school/district for PD delivered during school days.


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