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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 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary Session

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Children Are Citizens of Washington, DC

What happens when we listen to our youngest children as citizens of the here and now, as opposed to future or hypothetical citizens? How can engagement with art and building help young children develop their voices as citizens? In this plenary session talk, Project Zero senior researcher Mara Krechevsky will share the scope, details and goals of the Children Are Citizens project that completed its pilot phase last academic year. Twenty classrooms in diverse school settings across DC took part, and three cultural institutions supported the classrooms in a variety of ways. Teacher/researcher Margaret Ricks from School Within School (DCPS) will also share her experience as a participating teacher.

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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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Mara Krechevsky

Mara Krechevsky is a Senior Researcher at Project Zero and has been conducting educational research for 30 years, including directing the Making Learning Visible (MLV) project, an investigation into documenting and assessing individual and group learning from preschool to high school. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →
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Margaret Ricks

Teacher, School-Within-School
Margaret B. Ricks teaches Pre-K/K at the School Within School (SWS) at Goding.  SWS is a teacher-run public school program that grew out of the collective efforts of Margaret and three other teachers who sought to apply the principles and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education in District of Columbia Public Schools. Since the program’s inception, 20 years ago, the school has expanded from four Pre-K/K classrooms... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW