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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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Friday, August 7 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary Session

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Rethinking Global News Today as a Powerful Window to Learn With and About the World

 What constitutes quality journalism today? What constitutes quality engagement with journalism as a window into the world? How might a critical engagement with journalism today prepare our youth for global and digital times? What habits of mind do we want young people from diverse backgrounds to develop in their engagement with news? In this plenary session Veronica Boix Mansilla and Mark Schulte will explore the use of global thinking routines to engage learners in understanding the world through quality journalism. With a focus on a piece of insightful and dynamic Pulitzer Center-supported journalistic storytelling, the session will share lessons learned though a collaboration with teachers in DC and researchers in Cambridge. Specifically, the presenters will introduce and illustrate principles of quality journalism and desirable journalistic habits of mind. The session will conclude with a reflection about our role: Do we, as professionals in education and as citizens, need to rethink how we engage the global news world today?


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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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Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre AAA Building