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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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Wednesday, August 5 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Using Thinking Routines to Ponder the Plant World FILLING

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Imagine what science fair projects would look like if students knew they would not be graded and would start their investigation in the field. Could a microscopic look at the tiniest of the plant parts lead to a meaningful discussion about global stewardship? How is it the plant world both makes sense and totally mystifies? Through a series of field tests, participants in this course will immerse themselves in the U.S. Botanic Garden, calling upon their many senses to explore and make connections both with their own subject and across disciplines. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines.


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Lee Coykendall

Children's Education Specialist, National Botanical Garden
Lee Coykendall, Children’s Education Specialist, has spent the last 15 years connecting students and teachers to the magical world of plants at the United States Botanic Garden on the National Mall. From her previous career as a private investigator, Lee fills her teacher trainings with a sense of inquiry and detailed observation. Her innovative, experiential and hands-on plant science lessons make her professional development sought out by... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Conservatory Classroom US Botanic Garden

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