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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 • 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Standing in a Character's Shoes: Deeper Meaning Through Monologues LIMITED

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How can we best encourage students to go beyond the surface facts of literary characters and historical figures? This interactive workshop presents a dynamic process for deepening understanding of characters’ emotions and motivations. Participants will “step inside” characters through a multi-step activity that integrates the disciplines of drama, movement, social studies and language arts. Inspired by a poem and its accompanying illustration, participants will see, infer and wonder to imagine, improvise, and write monologues (a dramatic speech by one person). Discover the tools that actors use to mine the emotions beneath the words—the subtext—and how those emotions change—the turning points. Participants will create “three emotion-two turning point” monologues, a structure that can be used across the curriculum. Explore a powerful tool that can be used by all teachers for diving deeply into content and enriching student empathy. 

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Mary Hall Surface

Playwright & Director
Mary Hall Surface is a playwright and director specializing in theater for families and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Her plays have been produced at professional theaters, museums and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and 15 productions with the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences and National Symphony Orchestra. She has been nominated for nine... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

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