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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
Making Thinking Audible: Hear, Here! LIMITED

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How can we help learners develop precise language about what they hear? This workshop will focus on articulating dimensions of meaning found in natural or abstract environmental soundscapes, music and the spoken word. Using varieties of soundscapes as examples, participants will engage with two Project Zero thinking routines adjusted to the ear. The first,  “Listen, Think, Wonder,” will invite each participant to describe to the group their reactions to music and sound. After noticing the many kinds of descriptors presented, participants will then break into smaller teams to examine the second routine, “Layers: A routine for structuring analysis of creative works,” as a means of shaping large arcs of meaning from different forms of sonic phenomena. In the second half of the workshop, small ensembles will be asked to devise a two-minute “acoustic event” or musical composition for the larger group. We will end by sharing commentary on these pieces and conversation on how these experiences could be used in different subject areas and grade levels in the classroom. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 

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Kit Young

Consultant & Writer
Kit Young returned in 2012 to Washington, D.C., from 20 years living in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and China, where she pursued a career as a pianist, composer and organizer of concerts and festivals. She has lectured extensively about Burmese, Thai, traditional and contemporary music. In 2003, she co-founded with Burmese colleagues a music school, Gitameit Music Center, with campuses in Yangon and Mandalay. From 2012, Kit has taught music and... Read More →

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

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