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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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Tuesday, August 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary Session

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Re-thinking Learning in our Global Times

Educators today recognize that in order to engage our students in deep learning and prepare them for our 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? This plenary session introduces the idea of nurturing 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 today’s world. 



Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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 →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre AAA Building