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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
Standing in a Character's Shoes: Uncovering Complexity through Works of Art FILLING

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How can we encourage students to move beyond their first impressions of a character to deeper, more complex understandings? This interactive workshop invites participants to “step inside” of characters in works of art through a multi-step drama-based activity. Inspired by works of art by Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, participants will imagine, improvise, and write monologues (a dramatic speech by one person). Discover how the tools that actors use to mine the emotions beneath the words (the subtext) and how those emotions change (the turning points) can inspire rich questioning and perspective taking. Participants will create three emotion-two turning point monologues, a structure that can be used across the curriculum. Explore a powerful tool that can be used by all teachers for diving deeply into content and enriching student empathy. This workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects, and no drama experience is required.

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Mary Hall Surface

Playwright & Director
Mary Hall Surface is a playwright and director specializing in theater for families and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Her plays have been produced at professional theaters, museums and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and 15 productions with the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences and National Symphony Orchestra. She has been nominated for nine... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
West Building Main Floor M-80 National Gallery of Art

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