Meet Our Fellows
To ensure all Wit & Wisdom educators thrive in teaching the curriculum, Great Minds chooses experts from the field to provide professional development to new and seasoned implementers. These experts have first-hand experience teaching Wit & Wisdom and seeing its impact on students. Fellows share their skills with other educators, helping them make sure their passion for teaching reading and writing shines through their instruction.
Are you passionate about Wit & Wisdom? Do you want to share your passion with others?
Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply below.
Who should apply?
We encourage applications from outstanding teachers, instructional coaches, or curriculum specialists who
- are passionate about teaching Wit & Wisdom;
- use Wit & Wisdom as the primary curriculum in their school or district;
- want to expand their knowledge of the curriculum;
- enjoy working with educators and have experience with professional development (PD) facilitation;
- believe that every child is capable of greatness and want to collaborate with educators to act on this belief;
- are available to deliver PD for a minimum of 10 days between June 1 and August 30, 2021, (for additional compensation) in addition to the job-sharing agreement during the 2021-2022 school year;
- encourage productive struggle in the classroom, among both colleagues and students;
- are committed to knowledge building;
- share the principles that guide the Great Minds approach to PD.
Why become a Fellow?
Fellows have the opportunity to
- Deepen their expertise of Wit & Wisdom 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 professional learning networks as they share experiences and best practices with the Wit & Wisdom team and other ELA professionals with whom they interact as Fellows.
What goals guide Wit & Wisdom’s approach to PD?
The Great Minds team works directly with teachers in sessions delivered at different phases of implementation. Great Minds PD sessions
- emphasize experiential knowledge building,
- engage participants as trusted colleagues,
- 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.
What is the cost for applicants and host districts?
There is no cost to the individual, as Great Minds covers all travel costs. Each Fellow's home school or district grants release time for the training sessions.
What is the timeline?
December 11, 2020 – Application deadline
January 20, 2021 – Selection of prospective Fellows
March 2021 – Part I of Virtual Facilitator Training
April 2021 – Part II of Virtual Facilitator Training
May 2021 – Begin delivering PD based on a Fellow’s end of school year
What should I include in my cover letter?
Please submit a cover letter that addresses:
- 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?
May teachers of all grades apply?
Individuals experienced in teaching Wit & Wisdom at any grade level (K–8) are welcome to apply. In addition to lead classroom teachers, educators with experience in Special Education, ESL, instructional coaching, and leadership are all strongly encouraged to apply.
What is the training process to become a Fellow?
Selected applicants will participate in a virtual webinar meeting in March 2021 and attend two required three-day trainings in Spring 2021. The two in-person training events are mandatory for all prospective Fellows. In addition to training, all facilitators are required to deliver selected PD session material in person as the final requirement prior to facilitating PD independently as a Fellow.
How are Fellows compensated for their work?
Fellows will deliver PD sessions during Summer 2021 (June 1-August 30) and during the 2021–2022 school year. Fellows are paid a daily rate ($1,200) for work during the summer and during school holidays. Fellows work for Great Minds during the school year, according to the details of their job-share contract.
How much travel is expected of a Fellow?
Travel depends on the demand for PD, but Fellows can expect to travel outside their state. Great Minds will compensate for travel time and make every effort to ensure the Fellow’s schedule is manageable with local school and personal responsibilities.
During the summer, Fellows must be willing to provide a minimum of 10 days of on-site PD as assigned by the Great Minds PD services team.
During the school year, the amount of travel will depend on the job-share agreement between Great Minds and the Fellow’s home school or district. For example, if a Fellow has an 80:20 job-share agreement with Great Minds, then over a two-week period, she could expect to work in her home school or district eight days and with Great Minds PD two consecutive days during the period. That would translate to facilitating two PD sessions a month.
How will a school or district benefit from having a Fellow on staff?
- The school or district will develop internal capacity and expertise to support ongoing implementation of the curriculum.
- Fellows can offer 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 Great Minds curriculum 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 fellowship in a job-share agreement. The amount funded is determined by the amount of time dedicated to facilitating Great Minds PD during the school year.
How will Great Minds select Fellows?
Throughout the application and training process, the Great Minds PD team will evaluate prospective Fellows on their content knowledge, understanding of the curricula, 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 and participants. Fellows must be able to strike a balance between maintaining the integrity of the curriculum and taking a collegial approach.