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We look forward to learning with you at WISSIT in August!

We know a school can be only as good as its teachers. The best schools are those where teachers continuously improve their practice through collaboration and guided self-reflection.

Three questions guide our vision of WISSIT: What if we were to bring together motivated teachers from a wide variety of schools in order to engage in deep discussion about effective teaching and learning? What if we provided support when they returned to their schools, where they put into place what they have learned? What if these teachers were able to build a school-wide culture of reflection and collaboration with their colleagues?

At WISSIT, you’ll be joining educators from all over the Washington, DC, area, as well as researchers from Project Zero at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  We will engage in an intensive week-long exploration of two themes, Building a Culture of Thinking and Educating for Global Competence.

See you on Monday morning, August 3!

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Monday, August 3 • 9:00am - 10:45am
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Creating a Culture of Thinking in the Classroom

In his opening talk, Ron Ritchhart will explore the three key practices and markers of a culture of thinking:  valuing thinking, making it visible, and actively promoting its development. He will touch on the major tools the Worldwide Cultures of Thinking Initiative at Project Zero has developed to aid teachers in building the culture of thinking in their classrooms. These tools will be explored in more depth throughout the week in interactive courses, plenary session talks and learning groups.

Re-thinking Learning in Our Global Times

Educators today recognize that, in order to engage our students in deep learning and prepare them for increasingly interconnected societies around the world, we must re-think what matters most to teach and learn, and why. How can we prepare our children and youth for a world that is being transformed by the digital revolution, mass migrations and climate change, among other forces? In this opening talk, Veronica Boix Mansilla will argue for the need to nurture global competence—i.e., the disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance—as a way to make learning relevant for all students and prepare them to participate fully in the world.

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Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

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Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →
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Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 9:00am - 10:45am
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW