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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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Wednesday, August 5 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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According to the noted teaching artist Eric Booth, thinking about art is a way to “empathetically…engage in the worlds of others” and a source of progress to a more democratic society. In this course, we will experience a gallery lesson aimed at developing students’ empathy through engaging with The Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. A thinking routine merged with theater techniques will guide us in observing and describing, reasoning with evidence, considering curricular themes of war and leadership, and taking multiple perspectives of those represented in the memorial. We will then extend the routine by writing “I Am” poems in character. These strategies are easily adaptable to the school classroom and the workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects. 

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Julie Carmean

Museum Educator, Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, National Gallery of Art
Julie Carmean works as a Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, the National Gallery of Art’s multiple-visit outreach programs to Title I schools in the DC community. In this role, Julie uses Project Zero ideas—especially Artful Thinking, Cultures of Thinking, and Teaching for Understanding—to inform her professional development sessions for classroom and gallery teachers, in... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
American Galleries, West Building M-66 National Gallery of Art

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