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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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Thursday, August 6 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Plenary Session

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Signature Pedagogies in Global Education 

What does it take to teach for global competence with quality? What should we, as educators, know and be able to do in order to nurture global competence in our classrooms and schools? In this plenary session we will explore the characteristics of quality teaching for global competence. Drawing on a study of exemplary teaching practices, we will examine how very experienced teachers create conditions for students to investigate the world, take on cultural perspective, communicate across differences and take responsible action. We will then turn our attention to new approaches to professional development that are geared toward nurturing a global disposition among teachers and students alike. 

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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 →

Thursday August 6, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW