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 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Discourse in the Cultures of Thinking Classroom FULL

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How do conversation, language and discussion in a “culture of thinking” classroom differ from the notion of a traditional classroom? How do we understand effective discourse patterns, versus ineffective ones, so that we as teachers can better foster powerful learning communities? This course, led by Project Zero researcher Ron Ritchhart, will focus on current research conducted by the Cultures of Thinking research team at Project Zero in the area of discourse. Drawing on current work in the field, this session will allow participants to examine practices that can help teachers at all grade levels and across subject areas create a culture of thinking and that encourage deep understanding in students. Participants will explore the way educators can use thinking routines designed to facilitate thinking while structuring the discourse of the classroom.

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Ron Ritchart

Author, Harvard University; Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator at Harvard Project Zero where his work focuses on the development of school and classroom culture as prime vehicles for developing students’ as powerful thinkers and learners. Ron's research and writings... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm

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