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
Children Are Citizens: Making Learning Visible in Classrooms and Communities FULL

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Depending on the context, and how they are treated, young children can appear big or small—to adults and to themselves. In classrooms where children are seen as citizens—they are given the opportunity to explore creative ideas for discovery and play, generate theories of how the world works, and develop insights into the feelings of others—they appear big. This interactive course draws on the work of the Making Learning Visibles (MLV) Project, a collaboration among Project Zero researchers, teachers in the U.S., and educators from the Reggio Emilia, Italy, preschools. MLV focuses on documenting and supporting individual and group learning. Participants will explore how to create powerful learning environments that engage children in and across classrooms and schools, not as future or hypothetical, but current and active, citizens capable of contributing to their communities in powerful ways. We will look at examples of children participating as citizens in several school-community projects, focusing in particular on the Children Are Citizens project, piloted last year in DC. The goals of the project are: 1) to make children and their learning visible beyond school walls; 2) expand children’s perceptions of their city and their roles as citizens; and 3) create partnerships across civic institutions (schools, museums, city hall, etc.) that span cultural and socio-economic divides. Participants will have the chance to apply the principles and practices shared to their own settings.

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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... Read More →

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

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