In March 2020 teachers faced an unforeseen challenge: empty classrooms. As COVID-19 swept through our nation and the world, teachers had to figure out how to complete the school year using oftentimes incomplete instructional resources and uneven technology. At Great Minds®, where more than 75% of our employees are former or current teachers, we felt our colleagues’ need and responded.
On March 20 we launched Knowledge on the Go™, a daily video lesson series covering every subject and grade in which we publish curriculum. Great Minds’ teachers took to their living rooms, garages, and kitchens, finding the right spot from which to film videos that would help to fill the gap made by COVID-19. In all, Knowledge on the Go’s 1,500 videos attracted an audience of 822,000 students, parents, and teachers, who used them not just to complete the school year as coherently as possible, but also to maintain some sense of normalcy in their lives.
At Great Minds, we learned much from our production of Knowledge on the Go. We learned that we can find a way to work hand-in-hand with our colleagues in classrooms to make a difference. We learned that coherent, knowledge-rich curriculum can stand up to formats outside the normal classroom environment. And we learned that even though curriculum creation is what we do day in and day out, we miss teaching.
We’ve taken everything Knowledge on the Go taught us and poured it into a new series of curriculum products we call Great Minds in Sync™. These products are supplements to our core curricula—Eureka Math®, Wit & Wisdom®, and PhD Science®—that allow those curricula to be taught in a hybrid at-home/at-school format. These offerings include daily videos and other instructional resources designed to manage the “toggled” classroom the moment demands.
We believe Great Minds in Sync will make knowledge “unstoppable,” no matter what challenges teachers face this fall and in the years to come.
Lynne Munson, Founder and CEO
Jill Diniz, Chief Academic Officer, Mathematics
Pam Goodner, Chief Academic Officer, Science
Rachel Stack, Chief Academic Officer, Humanities