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 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Designing a Collaborative Classroom FILLING

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Limited Capacity seats available

This course will provide a first-hand experience of how the National Building Museum’s Teen Programs use the design process to develop and refine collaboration skills like negotiation, the giving of feedback, and effective communication among its teen participants. Participants will break into studio teams of 3-5 people to explore, identify and evaluate a design problem in the Museum. Each team will generate and present a design solution supported by drawings and concept models. Several thinking routines will be woven throughout to highlight connections among design thinking, Project Zero’s Visible Thinking strategies, and the conference’s throughlines. There will be an opportunity to reflect on how the activity’s structure and content connect and relate to teaching disciplines and classroom environments. Participants will walk away with a clearer understanding of the design process and several strategies to incorporate into practice to foster a collaborative environment in the classroom. This session is geared toward middle and high school educators, but is transferable to elementary grade levels.

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Lauren Wilson

Education Program Manager, Teens, National Building Museum
Lauren Wilson oversees all teen programs at the National Building Museum, which include established programs such as Investigating Where We Live, Design Apprenticeship Program, Teen Council, as well teen nights, workshops, and tours. Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in Art History... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meet at Rm 231, 2nd Fl East (adjacent to Play Work Build exhibition) National Building Museum

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