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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 • 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Plenary Session

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Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Thinking Routines

Across all subject areas and grade levels, thinking routines have become an enormously popular tool for teachers to use to promote students’ thinking. However, in some instances the routines exist as nothing more than a classroom activity. This session will explore the following questions: How is it that we can use thinking routines to their best effect? How are they designed? What should teachers attend to in their use? How do we know when they are really working to develop students as independent thinkers?

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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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 →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm
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