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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 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Using Current Events to Explore Interdisciplinary Connections FULL

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Integrating interdisciplinary perspectives in the classroom does not always require shared planning time between teachers of different content areas. Sometimes the best opportunities for interdisciplinary learning come from the diverse backgrounds of the students themselves! In this interactive course, participants will identify interdisciplinary connections in their own contexts through the lens of current events. In addition to using thinking routines to brainstorm and reflect on connections with the taught curriculum, we will view examples of student work from collaborations among various subjects and teachers. This session has relevance for participants of all grade levels and subject areas. In fact, the more diverse the representation, the better the possibility for some wonderful connections!

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Emily Smith

US Science Teacher, Washington International School
Emily Smith is an upper school Biology and TOK teacher at Washington International School. She is also a senior examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. A DC-area native, Emily has been teaching in both public and International schools in various locations around the globe for 12 years. She uses a variety of Project Zero strategies in her practice but her favorites are the ones that get the students up and moving while... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm

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