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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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Monday, August 3
 

8:00am

Registration
Monday August 3, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Gymnasium 3100 Macomb St NW

9:00am

Plenary Session
Creating a Culture of Thinking in the Classroom

In his opening talk, Ron Ritchhart will explore the three key practices and markers of a culture of thinking:  valuing thinking, making it visible, and actively promoting its development. He will touch on the major tools the Worldwide Cultures of Thinking Initiative at Project Zero has developed to aid teachers in building the culture of thinking in their classrooms. These tools will be explored in more depth throughout the week in interactive courses, plenary session talks and learning groups.

Re-thinking Learning in Our Global Times

Educators today recognize that, in order to engage our students in deep learning and prepare them for increasingly interconnected societies around the world, we must re-think what matters most to teach and learn, and why. How can we prepare our children and youth for a world that is being transformed by the digital revolution, mass migrations and climate change, among other forces? In this opening talk, Veronica Boix Mansilla will argue for the need to nurture global competence—i.e., the disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance—as a way to make learning relevant for all students and prepare them to participate fully in the world.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 9:00am - 10:45am
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

10:45am

Break
Monday August 3, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
TBA

11:15am

12:15pm

12:45pm

A Beautiful Mess: Where Thinking Routines and Culture of Thinking Collide
Limited Capacity full

How can we use student work to strengthen our classroom's culture of thinking? Participants will examine what happens when the themes of Building a Culture of Thinking and Making Thinking & Learning Visible collide. Participants will use thinking routines to assess student thinking while also reflecting on their own classroom culture. We will explore multiple examples of authentic student work to understand how learners contribute to class culture. We will also learn how educators can allow for students to help shape class culture by identifying pivotal points in their own thinking, providing opportunities for further student-driven investigation, and inviting personal reflection on learning. This workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects. 


Speakers
avatar for Jodi Bossio

Jodi Bossio

English as a Second Language Coordinator / Language and Literature Teacher, DC International School
Jodi Bossio has been working as an educator for over 12 years in urban settings and has taught students in first grade through postgraduate education. She has a Master’s degree in education and is highly qualified in both English as a Second Language and English Teaching, with a pending endorsement in special education. She currently works as the ESL Coordinator at DC International School. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kullberg

Kristen Kullberg

Language Arts teacher and Arts Integration Instructional Coach, Sacred Heart School
Kristen Kullberg is the middle school Language Arts teacher and Arts Integration Instructional Coach at Sacred Heart School in Washington, DC.  Her dual role has allowed her to learn alongside students in PreK3 through 8th grade as they develop close looking, critical thinking, and purposeful questioning skills.  For the past two years, Kristen has been honored to be a part of the Children Are Citizens Project, a Reggio Emilia... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A06

12:45pm

Building Individual and Collective Understanding Through Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity full

Thinking routines can be used to help individual students build, expand and challenge their understanding of complex topics; they can also be used to generate collective insights. Participants in this hands-on workshop will get a chance to try out several thinking routines that foster individual reflection and collective knowledge building, including Think-Pair-Share; Chalk Talk; I Used to Think…But Now I Think; and Connect-Extend-Challenge. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine samples of student work from a variety of classroom applications and to brainstorm potential ways to use these routines to encourage deeper individual and collective thinking in their own classrooms. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 


Speakers
avatar for Kara Kling

Kara Kling

Teacher, Humanities, Maret School
Kara Kling has been teaching middle school humanities for 15 years. She currently teaches 7th-grade English, 8th-grade history, and 7th-grade service learning at Maret School. She likes to use her classroom as a laboratory for discovering and inventing instructional approaches that promote understanding and support equity, and has found thinking routines to be essential tools for achieving both of these goals. Some of her recent work includes... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A10

12:45pm

Children are Citizens: Making Learning Visible in Classrooms and Communities
Limited Capacity full

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Krechevsky

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. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A09

12:45pm

Discourse in the Cultures of Thinking Classroom
Limited Capacity full

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 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, the 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.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Dacha

12:45pm

Leading in Schools to Make Learning Visible, Collaborative and Lively: A Working Session for School Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Two principals from D.C. Public Schools will engage participants in a conversation about developing strong practices in schools that wish to remain true to progressive education principles. Through discussion, reading and goal setting, the session will explore how to balance external and internal priorities so that leaders can build schools which promote visible thinking, collaborative teaching and learning, and teacher leaders. Come engage with Project Zero tools that will assist us in sharing known resources to support practice, and learn about new opportunities through this collaborative conversation. Current and aspiring principals, school heads and division leaders are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for John Burst

John Burst

Principal, School Within School
John Burst is starting his fifth year as principal at the School Within School (SWS), a District of Columbia public school. One of the four founding teachers of SWS, John spent over 20 years studying the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, using them as a point of reference for developing the curriculum, climate and culture of SWS, a teacher-directed school. John has presented at the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC), North... Read More →
avatar for Liz Whisnant

Liz Whisnant

Principal, Horace Mann ES
Liz Whisnant has served as principal of the Horace Mann Elementary School (DCPS) since 2005. In 2008, she co-founded with several principal colleagues the District of Columbia Collaborative for Change (DC3), a reform structure for school improvement in DCPS whose mission is to craft schools that are inspiring places to teach and learn. She currently serves on the boards of the Principals’ Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A01

12:45pm

Learning Together through Documentation
Limited Capacity seats available

How can documentation influence individual and collective learning? In this experiential course, participants will explore how documentation, constructed by students and their teacher, can be used to both share our learning with others and to shape our ongoing learning. Participants will engage in a collective math investigation which we will document together and use as a resource for reflecting on our thinking and learning.  Afterwards we will see how a group of second graders engaged in a similar process by viewing documentation that they created with their teacher. While our documentation will be focused on a math investigation, this course is relevant and accessible to educators of all disciplines and age levels that are interested in thinking more about making learning visible through documentation.


Speakers
avatar for Maurice Tome

Maurice Tome

Teacher, 2nd Grade, School Within School
Maurice Tome teaches second grade at School Within School (SWS), a Reggio Emilia-inspired DC public school located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Before his time at SWS, he taught third grade for seven years at Sidwell Friends School. Other teaching experiences include teaching at Capitol Hill Day School and the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools in New York City, where Maurice worked with first graders and then as a teacher of ethics with... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A08

12:45pm

Making Thinking Audible: Hear, Here!
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we help learners develop precise language about what they hear? This workshop will focus on articulating dimensions of meaning found in natural or abstract environmental soundscapes, music and the spoken word. Using varieties of soundscapes as examples, participants will engage with two Project Zero thinking routines adjusted to the ear. The first,  “Listen, Think, Wonder,” will invite each participant to describe to the group their reactions to music and sound. After noticing the many kinds of descriptors presented, participants will then break into smaller teams to examine the second routine, “Layers: A routine for structuring analysis of creative works,” as a means of shaping large arcs of meaning from different forms of sonic phenomena. In the second half of the workshop, small ensembles will be asked to devise a two-minute “acoustic event” or musical composition for the larger group. We will end by sharing commentary on these pieces and conversation on how these experiences could be used in different subject areas and grade levels in the classroom. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 


Speakers
avatar for Kit Young

Kit Young

Consultant & Writer
Kit Young returned in 2012 to Washington, D.C., from 20 years living in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and China, where she pursued a career as a pianist, composer and organizer of concerts and festivals. She has lectured extensively about Burmese, Thai, traditional and contemporary music. In 2003, she co-founded with Burmese colleagues a music school, Gitameit Music Center, with campuses in Yangon and Mandalay. From 2012, Kit has taught music and... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Choral Music Room

12:45pm

Muddy Hands and Radical Amazement: An Interactive Course in Transformative Learning
Limited Capacity full

Prepare to experience the joy and poetry of using clay to create meaningful art and deep conversation. Participants will be immersed in a spiral of creative thinking, doing and reflecting while creating ceramic outdoor sculptures, and will experience how paradigms of understanding shift through storytelling, documentation of children’s work, video, conversation, and muddy hands. This course will support teachers in developing and deepening creative environments within their educational setting that value expression, provocation, rigor, play and connections. Even though clay does not stain, participants will get a little “muddy” and are encouraged to remove rings/bracelets, and may bring an old tee-shirt or smock to wear. Clay is a very inexpensive and easy media to incorporate in all subjects, and this workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines.


Speakers
avatar for Marla McLean

Marla McLean

Artist/Educator, School Within School
Marla McLean is a Reggio-inspired artist/educator, working as the Atelierista at School Within School (SWS), a public school in DC. She is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and teaches Art and Science-Developing Creativity and Art and Activism (in San Miguel, Mexico). She is a mixed-media working artist with a studio at Passageways Studios in Riverdale, MD. Marla facilitates workshops on Creativity and Children... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Art Room II (3rd Floor)

12:45pm

Standing in a Character's Shoes: Deeper Meaning Through Monologues
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we best encourage students to go beyond the surface facts of literary characters and historical figures? This interactive workshop presents a dynamic process for deepening understanding of characters’ emotions and motivations. Participants will “step inside” characters through a multi-step activity that integrates the disciplines of drama, movement, social studies and language arts. Inspired by a poem and its accompanying illustration, participants will see, infer and wonder to imagine, improvise, and write monologues (a dramatic speech by one person). Discover the tools that actors use to mine the emotions beneath the words—the subtext—and how those emotions change—the turning points. 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. 


Speakers
avatar for Mary Hall Surface

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 →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

12:45pm

Thinking Routines: Not Just for the Classroom!
Limited Capacity full

This course will offer practical suggestions and resources for using Project Zero tools with staff and students outside of the traditional classroom environment. PZ thinking routines and protocols offer a unique opportunity to change the culture of meetings in a school setting, shifting their focus from logistics to collaboration and productivity. This course will also demonstrate how thinking routines can be used with students as tools to mediate and resolve conflict, reflect on behavior and progress, and improve group dynamics. Participants will engage in several thinking routines and will reflect on and discuss how they might adapt them to their own school environments.


Speakers
NB

Natasha Bhalla

Middle School Principal, Washington International School
Natasha Bhalla taught English in Alexandria City Public Schools for three years before moving to Washington International School, where she has been an English teacher, dean of students and now middle school principal. She has participated in four Project Zero conferences or institutes, including the Future of Learning and Project Zero Classroom summer institutes. As a teacher, Natasha has used thinking routines in classes. As a principal, she... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A12

12:45pm

Using Current Events to Explore Interdisciplinary Connections
Limited Capacity filling up

Integrating interdisciplinary perspectives in the classroom does not always require shared planning time between teachers of different content areas. Sometimes the best opportunities for interdisciplinary learning come from the diverse backgrounds of the students themselves! In this interactive course, participants will identify interdisciplinary connections in their own contexts through the lens of current events. In addition to using thinking routines to brainstorm and reflect on connections with the taught curriculum, we will view examples of student work from collaborations among various subjects and teachers. This session has relevance for participants of all grade levels and subject areas. In fact, the more diverse the representation, the better the possibility for some wonderful connections!


Speakers
avatar for Emily Smith

Emily Smith

US Science Teacher, Washington International School
Emily Smith is an upper school Biology and TOK teacher at Washington International School. She is also a senior examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. A DC-area native, Emily has been teaching in both public and International schools in various locations around the globe for 12 years. She uses a variety of Project Zero strategies in her practice but her favorites are the ones that get the students up and moving while... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A07

12:45pm

Using Global Journalism to Engage Students in the World and Their Community
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will introduce teachers to the power and relevance of journalism as a way of educating for global competence. We will discuss some particularly strong examples from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s global journalism projects, and will use them as the basis for testing, evaluating and refining a set of Project Zero global thinking routines. These routines were specifically developed over the past year with Veronica Boix Mansilla and educators from the DC area for instruction around multimedia journalism texts, and were designed to have broad application among grade levels and subject areas. This course is suitable for all educators. 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
A03

3:00pm

 
Tuesday, August 4
 

8:15am

Breakfast/Coffee
Tuesday August 4, 2015 8:15am - 9:00am
Hall of Peace Gymnasium

9:00am

Plenary Session

Re-thinking Learning in our Global Times

Educators today recognize that in order to engage our students in deep learning and prepare them for our increasingly interconnected societies around the world, we must re-think what matters most to teach and learn, and why. How can we prepare our children and youth for a world that is being transformed by the digital revolution, mass migrations and climate change, among other forces? This plenary session introduces the idea of nurturing global competence--i.e., the disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance--as a way to make learning relevant for all students and prepare them to participate fully in today’s world. 



Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre AAA Building

10:30am

Break
Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
TBA

10:30am

Book Sale
Join us for a Book Sale, featuring Making Thinking Visible and Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart, and Visible Learners by Mara Krechevsky. This sale is hosted by Politics & Prose.

Exhibitors

Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:30am - 2:30pm
Hall of Peace Gymnasium

11:00am

A Beautiful Mess: Where Thinking Routines and Culture of Thinking Collide
Limited Capacity full

How can we use student work to strengthen our classroom's culture of thinking? Participants will examine what happens when the themes of Building a Culture of Thinking and Making Thinking & Learning Visible collide. Participants will use thinking routines to assess student thinking while also reflecting on their own classroom culture. We will explore multiple examples of authentic student work to understand how learners contribute to class culture. We will also learn how educators can allow for students to help shape class culture by identifying pivotal points in their own thinking, providing opportunities for further student-driven investigation, and inviting personal reflection on learning. This workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects. 


Speakers
avatar for Jodi Bossio

Jodi Bossio

English as a Second Language Coordinator / Language and Literature Teacher, DC International School
Jodi Bossio has been working as an educator for over 12 years in urban settings and has taught students in first grade through postgraduate education. She has a Master’s degree in education and is highly qualified in both English as a Second Language and English Teaching, with a pending endorsement in special education. She currently works as the ESL Coordinator at DC International School. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kullberg

Kristen Kullberg

Language Arts teacher and Arts Integration Instructional Coach, Sacred Heart School
Kristen Kullberg is the middle school Language Arts teacher and Arts Integration Instructional Coach at Sacred Heart School in Washington, DC.  Her dual role has allowed her to learn alongside students in PreK3 through 8th grade as they develop close looking, critical thinking, and purposeful questioning skills.  For the past two years, Kristen has been honored to be a part of the Children Are Citizens Project, a Reggio Emilia... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A06

11:00am

Engaging with Student Art Work Using Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity full

Annette Zamula is a visual arts and Theory Of Knowledge teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Before joining the WIS faculty, Annette taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Annette has also worked in state and private schools in the United Kingdom. She uses Project Zero ideas and thinking routines in her classroom and is a workshop presenter at PZ conferences. Annette earned a B.Ed. degree in Fine Art Education from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, UK, and holds a teaching certificate from the UK  Department of Education. At WISSIT 2015  Annette is presenting an interactive course and is co-leading a learning group. 

Speakers
avatar for Annette Zamula

Annette Zamula

Visual Arts and Theory of Knowledge Teacher, Washington International School
Annette Zamula is a visual arts and Theory Of Knowledge teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Before joining the WIS faculty, Annette taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Annette has also worked in state and private schools in the United Kingdom. She uses Project Zero ideas and Thinking Routines in her... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Art Room I (3rd Floor)

11:00am

Going Global: Uncovering Complexity and Expanding Perspective through Drama
Limited Capacity seats available

The ability to recognize multiple perspectives around issues of global significance is an essential skill in our ever-increasingly interconnected world.  How can we encourage students to explore the perspectives of people whose beliefs, values and experiences are likely very different from their own? As important, how can we help students articulate their own worldviews and to understand how they were formed? This workshop invites participants to recognize multiple perspectives through a process that integrates social studies, journalism and drama. Stories of real people at the center of global human development issues such as education, healthcare and gender equality will spark the workshops’ investigation. After uncovering their own perspectives on these issues, participants will try on—with their voices, bodies and imaginations—the feelings and circumstances of the real stories’ characters through a series of drama-based activities. Working collaboratively, participants will think, puzzle and explore how their understanding of the source images and texts becomes deeper and more complex after taking an empathetic journey into the lives of others. Reflection will focus on self-understanding and empathy as essential building blocks of global competence, both for our students and for us. This workshop is suitable for all audiences. 


Speakers
avatar for Mary Hall Surface

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 →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

11:00am

How to Deepen Thinking and Understanding Using Technology
Limited Capacity full

In this hands-on workshop, participants will use technology to deepen thinking and understanding of both teachers and students. They will first take part in a live documentation exercise and produce content for a video to be published on Youtube and shared on the WISSIT website. They will then make an ExplainEverything presentation, engaging in deep thinking about PZ ideas using technology. They will finally reflect on the exercise, exploring ways they can apply these ideas to their own classroom settings. Participants will use the devices provided in the workshop, and the co-leaders will provide strategies adaptable to all levels of technology access. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels and subjects.


Speakers
avatar for Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Learning and Technology Coordinator, Washington International School
Mr. Anderson earned a B.A. in Spanish/Portuguese and Latin American studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of library and information science from the College of St. Catherine, in Minnesota. He also studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil. Before coming to WIS in 2006, Mr. Anderson served as a Peace Corps volunteer librarian at the Universite Adventiste-Cosendai, in Cameroon.
avatar for Carole Geneix

Carole Geneix

Teacher, Washington International School
Carole Geneix is a French language and literature teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She has been teaching literature and French as a foreign language in private and public schools around the globe for the past 20 years. She uses Project Zero ideas daily in her classroom and is a workshop presenter at PZ conferences. Carole earned an M.A. degree in... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A09

11:00am

Hunters and Other Games: How One Child’s Idea Sparked a Semester-Long, Class-Wide Project
Limited Capacity full

Participants will observe documentation of an in-depth project on board game making, consider how to bridge project work with their school’s educational expectations, and build confidence for supporting child-driven projects in their own context. Inspired by his visit to the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and informed by his experience at a Reggio-inspired DC public school, the instructor will lead participants to consider how to support students to think creatively and critically in an increasingly standardized world.


Speakers
avatar for Jere Lorenzen-Strait

Jere Lorenzen-Strait

Teacher, PreK & K, School Within School
Jere Lorenzen-Strait teaches pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher at School-Within-School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired DC public school. In 2011, Jere was named the DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) New Teacher of the Year and was honored to receive the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. Jere's teaching is guided by his experience visiting the municipal schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and he uses Project Zero thinking routines to... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Art Room (2nd Floor)

11:00am

Leading in Schools to Make Learning Visible, Collaborative and Lively: A Working Session for School Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Two principals from D.C. Public Schools will engage participants in a conversation about developing strong practices in schools that wish to remain true to progressive education principles. Through discussion, reading and goal setting, the session will explore how to balance external and internal priorities so that leaders can build schools which promote visible thinking, collaborative teaching and learning, and teacher leaders. Come engage with Project Zero tools that will assist us in sharing known resources to support practice, and learn about new opportunities through this collaborative conversation. Current and aspiring principals, school heads and division leaders are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for John Burst

John Burst

Principal, School Within School
John Burst is starting his fifth year as principal at the School Within School (SWS), a District of Columbia public school. One of the four founding teachers of SWS, John spent over 20 years studying the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, using them as a point of reference for developing the curriculum, climate and culture of SWS, a teacher-directed school. John has presented at the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC), North... Read More →
avatar for Liz Whisnant

Liz Whisnant

Principal, Horace Mann ES
Liz Whisnant has served as principal of the Horace Mann Elementary School (DCPS) since 2005. In 2008, she co-founded with several principal colleagues the District of Columbia Collaborative for Change (DC3), a reform structure for school improvement in DCPS whose mission is to craft schools that are inspiring places to teach and learn. She currently serves on the boards of the Principals’ Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A01

11:00am

Making Thinking Audible: Hear, Here!
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we help learners develop precise language about what they hear? This workshop will focus on articulating dimensions of meaning found in natural or abstract environmental soundscapes, music and the spoken word. Using varieties of soundscapes as examples, participants will engage with two Project Zero thinking routines adjusted to the ear. The first,  “Listen, Think, Wonder,” will invite each participant to describe to the group their reactions to music and sound. After noticing the many kinds of descriptors presented, participants will then break into smaller teams to examine the second routine, “Layers: A routine for structuring analysis of creative works,” as a means of shaping large arcs of meaning from different forms of sonic phenomena. In the second half of the workshop, small ensembles will be asked to devise a two-minute “acoustic event” or musical composition for the larger group. We will end by sharing commentary on these pieces and conversation on how these experiences could be used in different subject areas and grade levels in the classroom. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 


Speakers
avatar for Kit Young

Kit Young

Consultant & Writer
Kit Young returned in 2012 to Washington, D.C., from 20 years living in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and China, where she pursued a career as a pianist, composer and organizer of concerts and festivals. She has lectured extensively about Burmese, Thai, traditional and contemporary music. In 2003, she co-founded with Burmese colleagues a music school, Gitameit Music Center, with campuses in Yangon and Mandalay. From 2012, Kit has taught music and... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Choral Music Room

11:00am

Nurturing Global Competence Through the Use of Global Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity full

The challenge is clear: The most pressing problems of our time—from climate change to mass migration, human rights to equitable economic development—demand that we educate our youth to investigate topics of global significance, to collaborate across cultures, to communicate across difference and to be predisposed to take informed action. How can we transform our classrooms into spaces where students engage with the world beyond their immediate environment? For decades, researchers at Project Zero have examined the role of thinking routines in the promotion of cultures of thinking and thinking dispositions. In this course, we explore a novel approach to thinking routines—global thinking routines—specifically designed to advance students’ global competence. Through a combination of presentations, interactive exploration of student work and various global thinking routines, and small and whole group discussions, participants will develop their understanding of what global competence is, why it matters today, and what it looks like and develop the capacity to use global thinking routines to create globally-minded classroom cultures and advance global competence.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A02

11:00am

Using Current Events to Explore Interdisciplinary Connections
Limited Capacity full

Integrating interdisciplinary perspectives in the classroom does not always require shared planning time between teachers of different content areas. Sometimes the best opportunities for interdisciplinary learning come from the diverse backgrounds of the students themselves! In this interactive course, participants will identify interdisciplinary connections in their own contexts through the lens of current events. In addition to using thinking routines to brainstorm and reflect on connections with the taught curriculum, we will view examples of student work from collaborations among various subjects and teachers. This session has relevance for participants of all grade levels and subject areas. In fact, the more diverse the representation, the better the possibility for some wonderful connections!


Speakers
avatar for Emily Smith

Emily Smith

US Science Teacher, Washington International School
Emily Smith is an upper school Biology and TOK teacher at Washington International School. She is also a senior examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. A DC-area native, Emily has been teaching in both public and International schools in various locations around the globe for 12 years. She uses a variety of Project Zero strategies in her practice but her favorites are the ones that get the students up and moving while... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A07

11:00am

Using Global Journalism to Engage Students in the World and Their Community
Limited Capacity filling up

This course will introduce teachers to the power and relevance of journalism as a way of educating for global competence. We will discuss some particularly strong examples from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s global journalism projects, and will use them as the basis for testing, evaluating and refining a set of Project Zero global thinking routines. These routines were specifically developed over the past year with Veronica Boix Mansilla and educators from the DC area for instruction around multimedia journalism texts, and were designed to have broad application among grade levels and subject areas. This course is suitable for all educators. 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A03

11:00am

Visible Thinking in the Multimedia Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

How do we document student learning and visible thinking in the multimedia classroom? In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage in a multimedia activity that uses Project Zero thinking routines to build a culture of thinking and reflection in the multimedia classroom. In addition to creating a multimedia project, participants will have the opportunity to examine artifacts and student documentation from Photography and Film, Claymation, and Computer Programming, Systems and Robotics courses and workshops. If you have a device you use in your teaching bring it — if you don’t, one will be provided for you.


Speakers
avatar for Kerri Redding

Kerri Redding

Community Service Coordinator and Film/Computer Programming Teacher, Washington International School
A native Washingtonian, Kerri Redding is a lifelong independent school educator currently serving at the Community Service/CAS Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and a Digital Media Arts Teacher at Washington International School. Kerri’s degrees include an M.A. in Theater/Dance from Wesleyan University; an M.Ed. in Human Development from the Erikson Institute/Loyola University. She attended the Project... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
B2 (Mansion)

1:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday August 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

4:30pm

Break
Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Plenary Session
Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Thinking Routines

Across all subject areas and grade levels, thinking routines have become an enormously popular tool for teachers to use to promote students’ thinking. However, in some instances the routines exist as nothing more than a classroom activity. This session will explore the following questions: How is it that we can use thinking routines to their best effect? How are they designed? What should teachers attend to in their use? How do we know when they are really working to develop students as independent thinkers?

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

9:00am

Plenary Session
Learning Through the Visual

At Project Zero we believe that art, objects and artifacts are a powerful medium for learning. They can engage, inspire and create opportunities for deep exploration and connection. For educators wishing to tap into the potential of art, objects and artifact to advance students’ learning, whether in the museum or in the classroom, it is often useful to have tools to structure students’ learning  about, with, from and through these created works. Thinking routines provide just such structures by scaffolding and directing students' experience, helping them to look closely and giving them the tools to dig deeply. In this interactive plenary session, we will explore four thinking routines well suited to connecting classrooms, curriculum and the museum collection.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Meyer Auditorium, Freer | Sackler Galleries Independence Avenue SW

10:30am

Break
Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

Ancient Narratives/Modern Perspectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the complexity of a history painting through the lens of Artful Thinking! Using the thinking routines Beginning-Middle-End and Step Inside, participants will develop an understanding of a work of art through observation, conversation, sketching and writing.  With the familiar construct of a narrative, this in-gallery experience will model how to slow the looking process; encourage multiple modes of thinking, including reasoning, comparison, perspective taking, imagination and storytelling; and will explore the way content can evolve through the process of engagement. Following the routine, participants will reflect on the narrative experience and brainstorm ways the routine or variations of it can inspire their own practice.



Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kra

Sarah Kra

Museum Educator, Coordinator of Teen Programs, National Gallery of Art
Sarah Kra is a Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teen Programs at the National Gallery of Art. For more than 10 years, she has had the pleasure of working and learning alongside her colleagues in Family and Teen Programs to apply Project Zero research within the museum setting. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied Art History, and earned her M.A. degree in Museum Education from Seton Hall University... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Italian Galleries, West Building M-32 National Gallery of Art

11:00am

Artful Orchestra
Limited Capacity seats available

How does one’s understanding of a work of art develop? This course will consider the power of slow looking, close listening, imagination and collaboration in exploring a work of art.  Using thinking routines and creative storytelling techniques that bring a work of art to life through sound, the course will model ways to cultivate the dispositions of observation and description, interpretation, perspective taking, and curiosity. We will conclude with time to reflect on the experience and consider how these approaches might support learning across disciplines.  This workshop is suitable for classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels; no music experience is required.


Speakers
avatar for Nathalie Ryan

Nathalie Ryan

Senior Educator and Manager, Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art
Nathalie Ryan is an educator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (DC), where she has coordinated and taught in-gallery and studio programs for all ages since 2002. She received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.A. in art history from The University of Texas at Austin, and studied art and music at Oberlin College. She is the lead author of An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and their Work (Chicago Review... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
French Galleries, West Building M-93 National Gallery of Art

11:00am

Designing a Collaborative Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

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.


Speakers
avatar for Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson

Teen Programs Coordinator, National Building Museum
Lauren Wilson is the Teen Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum, and is the lead instructor for the Design Apprenticeship Program. Lauren’s previous experience in museums includes education and evaluation work with the Capitol Visitor Center, International Spy Museum, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. She also spent a year teaching at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Lauren has a B.A. degee in Art... 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

11:00am

Designing for Disaster
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will introduce educators to resilient building techniques and basic city planning concepts. In addition to examination of the National Building Museum’s Designing for Disaster Exhibition, participants will work in groups to develop lesson plans and engage in one of several hands-on activities intended to increase awareness of the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment, and their interdependence. Best suited for educators from upper elementary through secondary school, this course is built with Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.



Speakers
avatar for Timothy Wright

Timothy Wright

Manager of Teacher Engagement, Nation Building Museum
Timothy Wright is the Manager of Teacher Engagement at the National Building Museum. He is responsible for planning and managing all programming for preK to 12th grade educators by implementing professional development workshops, producing classroom teaching resources such as curriculum kits and lesson plans, and conducting national outreach to educators. Tim has worked in the experiential education field for 15 years, including at the... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meet at Auditorium, near G St entrance National Building Museum

11:00am

Exploring Point of View
Limited Capacity full

In this session, we will be exploring different and diverse perspectives involved in and around stories in artworks. Learners must cultivate the ability to recognize and value multiple perspectives to succeed in our increasingly global society. Through close looking, conversation and perspective taking, we will think deeply about artworks and the many viewpoints we carry as well as the complex/layered stories they can tell.  We will engage in creative and reflective strategies that can be employed in the classroom to help students understand their own point of view and those of others. To wrap up our time together, we’ll explore artistic process and reflect on our experience in the ImaginAsia classroom. 


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Bevans

Carolyn Bevans

Educator for Docent Programs, Freer/Sackler Gallery
Carolyn Bevans is an Educator for Docent Programs at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She assists in the conception, development and implementation of the Docent Program as well as supports educational initiatives for K-12 and adult learning. Prior to her appointment, she worked as an Educator and Programs Associate for the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), where she developed and led educational and... Read More →
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Elizabeth Eder

Head of Education, Freer/Sackler Gallery
Dr. Elizabeth K. Eder has been Head of Education at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery since 2013. She has responsibility for the overall planning, direction and management of education programs and activities for docents and volunteers, K-12 learning, online education, and visitor experience at the galleries. She previously served as Assistant Chair of National Education Partnerships at the Smithsonian... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Freer Conference Room Freer/Sackler Gallery

11:00am

Imagining Viewpoints, Sparking Empathy
Limited Capacity filling up

According to the noted teaching artist Eric Booth, thinking about art is a way to “empathetically…engage in the worlds of others” and a source of progress to a more democratic society. In this course, we will experience a gallery lesson aimed at developing students’ empathy through engaging with The Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. A thinking routine merged with theater techniques will guide us in observing and describing, reasoning with evidence, considering curricular themes of war and leadership, and taking multiple perspectives of those represented in the memorial. We will then extend the routine by writing “I Am” poems in character. These strategies are easily adaptable to the school classroom and the workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects. 



Speakers
avatar for Julie Carmean

Julie Carmean

Museum Educator, Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, National Gallery of Art
Julie Carmean works as a Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, the National Gallery of Art’s multiple-visit outreach programs to Title I schools in the DC community. In this role, Julie uses Project Zero ideas—especially Artful Thinking, Cultures of Thinking, and Teaching for Understanding—to inform her professional development sessions for classroom and gallery teachers, in... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
American Galleries, West Building M-66 National Gallery of Art

11:00am

Learning to Look
Limited Capacity seats available

How can buildings be used as teaching tools? Participants will discover how thinking routines can be adapted to teach about the built environment and to make connections to history. Using guided sketching activities to encourage close looking at the museum’s building, participants then will make evidence-based inferences about the building’s structure, function and past through questions and discussion. The course will conclude with time to reflect on methods as well as ways to adapt these ideas to encourage visible thinking and learning across disciplines. This course is suitable for classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels; no drawing expertise is necessary.



Speakers
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Mary Hendrickse

School & Youth Groups Manager, Nation Building Museum
Mary Hendrickse is the School & Youth Groups Manager at the National Building Museum. She manages the museum’s onsite school programs that encourage students to explore their connection to the built environment. Mary has developed curriculum for use at the museum and at school, coordinated and facilitated educator workshops, and taught students and adults about the impact of the built environment. Prior to coming to the museum, she... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meet inside the 5th St entrance (near Firehook Cafe) National Building Museum

11:00am

Sketching for Understanding
Limited Capacity filling up

How might sketching extend the process of looking and support deep thinking? This course will consider drawing as a method of slowing down, examining multiple perspectives, and uncovering complexity. Using thinking routines and simple sketching prompts, the course will model ways to cultivate the dispositions of observing, comparing and connecting. We will conclude with time for reflection and brainstorming ways that sketching might be applied in different contexts. This workshop is suitable for classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels; no drawing experience is required. 


Speakers
avatar for Gwen Fernandez

Gwen Fernandez

Museum Educator, National Gallery of Art
Gwen Fernandez is a Museum Educator at the National Gallery of Art working with family, teen and adult audiences. She is the coordinator for Drawing Salon, a series of adult workshops that encourages close looking at works of art through sketching and conversation. Gwen began integrating Project Zero ideas into her teaching practice three years ago and is a past participant of WISSIT and the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard. She... Read More →
avatar for Dena Rapoport

Dena Rapoport

Museum Educator, Family & Teen Programs, National Gallery of Art
Dena Rapoport works as a museum educator for the National Gallery of Art in Family and Teen Programs. She received her M.A. in Art History from George Washington University where she worked as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate art history survey courses. In this capacity, she coordinated courses at The Walters Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. She has previously interned at The Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Contemporary Sculpture, East Building Atrium National Gallery of Art

11:00am

The Museum Fieldtrip: An Opportunity for Deep Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Planning a visit to the museum with your students? Great idea! Art museums are rich environments for thinking and learning. In this course, we will practice using thinking routines and various museum teaching techniques. These approaches are designed to engage students in developing rich descriptions that lead to thoughtful interpretations and build strong connections to works of art. Following this, we will reflect on the experience and discuss how these strategies can support your students’ museum experience. The course will be most relevant for elementary and middle school educators.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Hinish

Heidi Hinish

Head, Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art
Heidi Hinish is the head of the department of teacher, school, and family programs, in the division of education, at the National Gallery of Art, where she has worked since 1992.  As a museum educator, Heidi develops, teaches, and assesses programs and resources for children and adults. These programs are designed to promote deep and meaningful engagement with art and the museum. Heidi’s work has been inspired by Project Zero research... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dutch Galleries, West Building M-46 National Gallery of Art

11:00am

Using Art to Inspire Imaginative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

How might art be used as a powerful tool to spark imagination and help students create their own writing? How can thinking routines be used with flexibility to structure a group conversation and support rich thinking and learning? Through careful looking, conversation and creative writing, participants will actively participate in deep thinking about works of art and the cultural context in which they were created. We will engage in a thinking routine followed by narrative writing that imaginatively connects different paintings. The session will conclude with an opportunity to reflect on the group’s thinking. We will explore insights, questions and puzzles about the experience and make connections to language arts curriculum.  This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers.



Speakers
avatar for Liz Diament

Liz Diament

Senior Educator, National Gallery of Art
Elizabeth Diament is originally from England where she received a degree in Art History from Manchester University. Once stateside, she received a Master’s in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1995, and has been a museum educator ever since. Liz has spent the last 13 years working at the National Gallery of Art where she is a Senior Educator managing school tours and docent education. She has greatly enjoyed... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
American Galleries, West Building M-71 National Gallery of Art

11:00am

Using Thinking Routines to Ponder the Plant World
Limited Capacity full

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.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Coykendall

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 11:00am - 1:00pm
Conservatory Classroom US Botanic Garden

1:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday August 5, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

Ancient Narratives/Modern Perspectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the complexity of a history painting through the lens of Artful Thinking! Using the thinking routines Beginning-Middle-End and Step Inside, participants will develop an understanding of a work of art through observation, conversation, sketching and writing. With the familiar construct of a narrative, this in-gallery experience will model how to slow the looking process; encourage multiple modes of thinking, including reasoning, comparison, perspective taking, imagination and storytelling; and will explore the way content can evolve through the process of engagement. Following the routines, participants will reflect on the narrative experience and brainstorm ways the routines or variations of them can inspire their own practice.



Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kra

Sarah Kra

Museum Educator, Coordinator of Teen Programs, National Gallery of Art
Sarah Kra is a Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teen Programs at the National Gallery of Art. For more than 10 years, she has had the pleasure of working and learning alongside her colleagues in Family and Teen Programs to apply Project Zero research within the museum setting. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied Art History, and earned her M.A. degree in Museum Education from Seton Hall University... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Italian Galleries, West Building M-32 National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Designing a Collaborative Classroom
Limited Capacity full

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.


Speakers
avatar for Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson

Teen Programs Coordinator, National Building Museum
Lauren Wilson is the Teen Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum, and is the lead instructor for the Design Apprenticeship Program. Lauren’s previous experience in museums includes education and evaluation work with the Capitol Visitor Center, International Spy Museum, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. She also spent a year teaching at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Lauren has a B.A. degee in Art... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Meet at Rm 231, 2nd Fl East (adjacent to Play Work Build exhibition) National Building Museum

2:30pm

Designing for Disaster
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will introduce educators to resilient building techniques and basic city planning concepts. In addition to examination of the National Building Museum’s Designing for Disaster Exhibition, participants will work in groups to develop lesson plans and engage in one of several hands-on activities intended to increase awareness of the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment, and their interdependence. Best suited for educators from upper elementary through secondary school, this course is built with Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.



Speakers
avatar for Timothy Wright

Timothy Wright

Manager of Teacher Engagement, Nation Building Museum
Timothy Wright is the Manager of Teacher Engagement at the National Building Museum. He is responsible for planning and managing all programming for preK to 12th grade educators by implementing professional development workshops, producing classroom teaching resources such as curriculum kits and lesson plans, and conducting national outreach to educators. Tim has worked in the experiential education field for 15 years, including at the... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Meet at Auditorium, near G St entrance National Building Museum

2:30pm

Exploring Point of View
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we will be exploring different and diverse perspectives involved in and around stories in artworks. Learners must cultivate the ability to recognize and value multiple perspectives to succeed in our increasingly global society. Through close looking, conversation and perspective taking, we will think deeply about artworks and the many viewpoints we carry as well as the complex/layered stories they can tell. We will engage in creative and reflective strategies that can be employed in the classroom to help students understand their own point of view and those of others. To wrap up our time together, we’ll explore artistic process and reflect on our experience in the ImaginAsia classroom. 


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Bevans

Carolyn Bevans

Educator for Docent Programs, Freer/Sackler Gallery
Carolyn Bevans is an Educator for Docent Programs at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She assists in the conception, development and implementation of the Docent Program as well as supports educational initiatives for K-12 and adult learning. Prior to her appointment, she worked as an Educator and Programs Associate for the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), where she developed and led educational and... Read More →
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Elizabeth Eder

Head of Education, Freer/Sackler Gallery
Dr. Elizabeth K. Eder has been Head of Education at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery since 2013. She has responsibility for the overall planning, direction and management of education programs and activities for docents and volunteers, K-12 learning, online education, and visitor experience at the galleries. She previously served as Assistant Chair of National Education Partnerships at the Smithsonian... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Freer Conference Room Freer/Sackler Gallery

2:30pm

History in Our Backyard: Using Public Art to Teach Global Competence
Limited Capacity filling up

What can be learned from the way global history is interpreted and told through public art and memorials? This course will take educators through deep looking and thinking routines based on a case study of Raymond Kaskey’s drawings and sculptural studies for the National World War Two Memorial in the National Building Museum’s special exhibition, Cool & Collected. Individually and together, participants will examine the different ways in which memorials, public art and architecture tell the stories of global history. This process yields to enhanced visual literacy skills and global competence, as well as new techniques that can be applied in the classroom. This course is suitable for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.


Speakers
avatar for Aliya Reich

Aliya Reich

Public Programs Coordinator, National Building Museum
Aliya Reich is a Public Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum. She organizes lectures, panel discussions, symposia and other programs geared towards the museum’s adult audiences. Aliya has worked as an educator at a variety of different museums, including the Walters Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Art, where she assisted with NGA’s own summer teacher institute in 2011. She has... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Meet at the Cool & Collected exhibition, 1st Fl East National Building Museum

2:30pm

Imagining Viewpoints, Sparking Empathy
Limited Capacity filling up

According to the noted teaching artist Eric Booth, thinking about art is a way to “empathetically…engage in the worlds of others” and a source of progress to a more democratic society. In this course, we will experience a gallery lesson aimed at developing students’ empathy through engaging with The Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. A thinking routine merged with theater techniques will guide us in observing and describing, reasoning with evidence, considering curricular themes of war and leadership, and taking multiple perspectives of those represented in the memorial. We will then extend the routine by writing “I Am” poems in character. These strategies are easily adaptable to the school classroom and the workshop is suitable for all levels and subjects. 



Speakers
avatar for Julie Carmean

Julie Carmean

Museum Educator, Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, National Gallery of Art
Julie Carmean works as a Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development for Art Around the Corner, the National Gallery of Art’s multiple-visit outreach programs to Title I schools in the DC community. In this role, Julie uses Project Zero ideas—especially Artful Thinking, Cultures of Thinking, and Teaching for Understanding—to inform her professional development sessions for classroom and gallery teachers, in... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
American Galleries, West Building M-66 National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Mindful Looking
Limited Capacity full

This session will explore connections between mindfulness practices and slow looking. Learn how to incorporate breathing and movement exercises into thinking routines to help learners relax, look more deeply and broadly, and connect with works of art. How might mindfulness be cultivated by looking at works of art? How might a mindful approach to looking lead to new understandings, heightened awareness and empathy? Discover connections to your classroom practice through this museum experience followed by conversation and reflection. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 


Speakers
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Nathalie Ryan

Senior Educator and Manager, Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art
Nathalie Ryan is an educator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (DC), where she has coordinated and taught in-gallery and studio programs for all ages since 2002. She received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.A. in art history from The University of Texas at Austin, and studied art and music at Oberlin College. She is the lead author of An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and their Work (Chicago Review... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Floor, West Building M-89 National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Sketching for Understanding
Limited Capacity full

How might sketching extend the process of looking and support deep thinking? This course will consider drawing as a method of slowing down, examining multiple perspectives, and uncovering complexity. Using thinking routines and simple sketching prompts, the course will model ways to cultivate the dispositions of observing, comparing and connecting. We will conclude with time for reflection and brainstorming ways that sketching might be applied in different contexts. This workshop is suitable for classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels; no drawing experience is required. 


Speakers
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Gwen Fernandez

Museum Educator, National Gallery of Art
Gwen Fernandez is a Museum Educator at the National Gallery of Art working with family, teen and adult audiences. She is the coordinator for Drawing Salon, a series of adult workshops that encourages close looking at works of art through sketching and conversation. Gwen began integrating Project Zero ideas into her teaching practice three years ago and is a past participant of WISSIT and the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard. She... Read More →
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Dena Rapoport

Museum Educator, Family & Teen Programs, National Gallery of Art
Dena Rapoport works as a museum educator for the National Gallery of Art in Family and Teen Programs. She received her M.A. in Art History from George Washington University where she worked as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate art history survey courses. In this capacity, she coordinated courses at The Walters Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. She has previously interned at The Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Contemporary Sculpture, East Building Atrium National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Standing in a Character's Shoes: Uncovering Complexity through Works of Art
Limited Capacity filling up

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.


Speakers
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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

2:30pm

The Museum Fieldtrip: An Opportunity for Deep Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Planning a visit to the museum with your students? Great idea! Art museums are rich environments for thinking and learning. In this course, we will practice using thinking routines and various museum teaching techniques. These approaches are designed to engage students in developing rich descriptions that lead to thoughtful interpretations and build strong connections to works of art. Following this, we will reflect on the experience and discuss how these strategies can support your students’ museum experience. The course will be most relevant for elementary and middle school educators.

Speakers
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Heidi Hinish

Head, Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art
Heidi Hinish is the head of the department of teacher, school, and family programs, in the division of education, at the National Gallery of Art, where she has worked since 1992.  As a museum educator, Heidi develops, teaches, and assesses programs and resources for children and adults. These programs are designed to promote deep and meaningful engagement with art and the museum. Heidi’s work has been inspired by Project Zero research... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dutch Galleries, West Building M-46 National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Using Art to Inspire Imaginative Writing
Limited Capacity filling up

How might art be used as a powerful tool to spark imagination and help students create their own rich writing? How can thinking routines be used with great flexibility to structure a group conversation and support rich thinking and learning? Through careful looking, conversation and creative writing, participants will actively engage in deep thinking about works of art and the cultural context in which they were created. We will engage in a thinking routine followed by narrative writing that imaginatively connects different paintings. The session will conclude with an opportunity to reflect on the group’s thinking. We will explore insights, questions and puzzles about the experience and make connections to language arts curriculum. This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers.

Speakers
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Liz Diament

Senior Educator, National Gallery of Art
Elizabeth Diament is originally from England where she received a degree in Art History from Manchester University. Once stateside, she received a Master’s in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1995, and has been a museum educator ever since. Liz has spent the last 13 years working at the National Gallery of Art where she is a Senior Educator managing school tours and docent education. She has greatly enjoyed... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
American Galleries, West Building M-71 National Gallery of Art

2:30pm

Using Thinking Routines to Ponder the Plant World
Limited Capacity filling up

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.


Speakers
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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

4:30pm

5:00pm

Plenary Session
The Museum Experience

Participants will go with their second interactive course presenter(s) to the museum auditorium for this closing session. A reception in the National Gallery of Art, concourse level, will follow. Buses will transport participants from the National Building Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →
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Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →
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Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
TBA

5:45pm

Reception
Wednesday August 5, 2015 5:45pm - 7:00pm
NGA Lower Level National Gallery of Art
 
Thursday, August 6
 

9:00am

Plenary Session
Children Are Citizens of Washington, DC

What happens when we listen to our youngest children as citizens of the here and now, as opposed to future or hypothetical citizens? How can engagement with art and building help young children develop their voices as citizens? In this plenary session talk, Project Zero senior researcher Mara Krechevsky will share the scope, details and goals of the Children Are Citizens project that completed its pilot phase last academic year. Twenty classrooms in diverse school settings across DC took part, and three cultural institutions supported the classrooms in a variety of ways. Teacher/researcher Margaret Ricks from School Within School (DCPS) will also share her experience as a participating teacher.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mara Krechevsky

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. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →
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Margaret Ricks

Teacher, School-Within-School
Margaret B. Ricks teaches Pre-K/K at the School Within School (SWS) at Goding.  SWS is a teacher-run public school program that grew out of the collective efforts of Margaret and three other teachers who sought to apply the principles and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education in District of Columbia Public Schools. Since the program’s inception, 20 years ago, the school has expanded from four Pre-K/K classrooms... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

10:30am

Break
Thursday August 6, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

Building Individual and Collective Understanding Through Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity filling up

Thinking routines can be used to help individual students build, expand and challenge their understanding of complex topics; they can also be used to generate collective insights. Participants in this hands-on workshop will get a chance to try out several thinking routines that foster individual reflection and collective knowledge building, including Think-Pair-Share; Chalk Talk; I Used to Think…But Now I Think; and Connect-Extend-Challenge. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine samples of student work from a variety of classroom applications and to brainstorm potential ways to use these routines to encourage deeper individual and collective thinking in their own classrooms. This workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines. 


Speakers
avatar for Kara Kling

Kara Kling

Teacher, Humanities, Maret School
Kara Kling has been teaching middle school humanities for 15 years. She currently teaches 7th-grade English, 8th-grade history, and 7th-grade service learning at Maret School. She likes to use her classroom as a laboratory for discovering and inventing instructional approaches that promote understanding and support equity, and has found thinking routines to be essential tools for achieving both of these goals. Some of her recent work includes... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A10

11:00am

Children Are Citizens: Making Learning Visible in Classrooms and Communities
Limited Capacity full

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Krechevsky

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. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A09

11:00am

Discourse in the Cultures of Thinking Classroom
Limited Capacity full

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.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


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

11:00am

Engaging with Student Art Work Using Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity seats available

Annette Zamula is a visual arts and Theory Of Knowledge teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Before joining the WIS faculty, Annette taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Annette has also worked in state and private schools in the United Kingdom. She uses Project Zero ideas and thinking routines in her classroom and is a workshop presenter at PZ conferences. Annette earned a B.Ed. degree in Fine Art Education from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, UK, and holds a teaching certificate from the UK  Department of Education. At WISSIT 2015  Annette is presenting an interactive course and is co-leading a learning group. 


Speakers
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Annette Zamula

Visual Arts and Theory of Knowledge Teacher, Washington International School
Annette Zamula is a visual arts and Theory Of Knowledge teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Before joining the WIS faculty, Annette taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Annette has also worked in state and private schools in the United Kingdom. She uses Project Zero ideas and Thinking Routines in her... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Art Room I (3rd Floor)

11:00am

Going Global: Uncovering Complexity and Expanding Perspective through Drama
Limited Capacity seats available

The ability to recognize multiple perspectives around issues of global significance is an essential skill in our ever-increasingly interconnected world. How can we encourage students to explore the perspectives of people whose beliefs, values and experiences are likely very different from their own? As important, how can we help students articulate their own worldviews and to understand how they were formed? This workshop invites participants to recognize multiple perspectives through a process that integrates social studies, journalism and drama. Stories of real people at the center of global human development issues such as education, healthcare and gender equality will spark the workshops’ investigation. After uncovering their own perspectives on these issues, participants will try on—with their voices, bodies and imaginations—the feelings and circumstances of the real stories’ characters through a series of drama-based activities. Working collaboratively, participants will think, puzzle and explore how their understanding of the source images and texts becomes deeper and more complex after taking an empathetic journey into the lives of others. Reflection will focus on self-understanding and empathy as essential building blocks of global competence, both for our students and for us. This workshop is suitable for all audiences. 


Speakers
avatar for Mary Hall Surface

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 →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW

11:00am

How to Deepen Thinking and Understanding Using Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

In this hands-on workshop, participants will use technology to deepen thinking and understanding of both teachers and students. They will first take part in a live documentation exercise and produce content for a video to be published on Youtube and shared on the WISSIT website. They will then make an ExplainEverything presentation, engaging in deep thinking about PZ ideas using technology. They will finally reflect on the exercise, exploring ways they can apply these ideas to their own classroom settings. Participants will use the devices provided in the workshop, and the co-leaders will provide strategies adaptable to all levels of technology access. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all grade levels and subjects.


Speakers
avatar for Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Learning and Technology Coordinator, Washington International School
Mr. Anderson earned a B.A. in Spanish/Portuguese and Latin American studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of library and information science from the College of St. Catherine, in Minnesota. He also studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil. Before coming to WIS in 2006, Mr. Anderson served as a Peace Corps volunteer librarian at the Universite Adventiste-Cosendai, in Cameroon.
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Carole Geneix

Teacher, Washington International School
Carole Geneix is a French language and literature teacher at Washington International School. She is also an assistant examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She has been teaching literature and French as a foreign language in private and public schools around the globe for the past 20 years. She uses Project Zero ideas daily in her classroom and is a workshop presenter at PZ conferences. Carole earned an M.A. degree in... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A01

11:00am

Hunters and Other Games: How One Child’s Idea Sparked a Semester-Long, Class-Wide Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will observe documentation of an in-depth project on board game making, consider how to bridge project work with their school’s educational expectations, and build confidence for supporting child-driven projects in their own context. Inspired by his visit to the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and informed by his experience at a Reggio-inspired DC public school, the instructor will lead participants to consider how to support students to think creatively and critically in an increasingly standardized world.


Speakers
avatar for Jere Lorenzen-Strait

Jere Lorenzen-Strait

Teacher, PreK & K, School Within School
Jere Lorenzen-Strait teaches pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher at School-Within-School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired DC public school. In 2011, Jere was named the DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) New Teacher of the Year and was honored to receive the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. Jere's teaching is guided by his experience visiting the municipal schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and he uses Project Zero thinking routines to... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Art Room (2nd Floor)

11:00am

Learning Together through Documentation
Limited Capacity full

How can documentation influence individual and collective learning? In this experiential course, participants will explore how documentation, constructed by students and their teacher, can be used to both share our learning with others and to shape our ongoing learning. Participants will engage in a collective math investigation which we will document together and use as a resource for reflecting on our thinking and learning. Afterwards we will see how a group of second graders engaged in a similar process by viewing documentation that they created with their teacher. While our documentation will be focused on a math investigation, this course is relevant and accessible to educators of all disciplines and age levels who are interested in thinking more about making learning visible through documentation.


Speakers
avatar for Maurice Tome

Maurice Tome

Teacher, 2nd Grade, School Within School
Maurice Tome teaches second grade at School Within School (SWS), a Reggio Emilia-inspired DC public school located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Before his time at SWS, he taught third grade for seven years at Sidwell Friends School. Other teaching experiences include teaching at Capitol Hill Day School and the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools in New York City, where Maurice worked with first graders and then as a teacher of ethics with... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A08

11:00am

Muddy Hands and Radical Amazement: An Interactive Course in Transformative Learning
Limited Capacity full

Prepare to experience the joy and poetry of using clay to create meaningful art and deep conversation. Participants will be immersed in a spiral of creative thinking, doing and reflecting while creating ceramic outdoor sculptures, and will experience how paradigms of understanding shift through storytelling, documentation of children’s work, video, conversation, and muddy hands. This course will support teachers in developing and deepening creative environments within their educational setting that value expression, provocation, rigor, play and connections. Even though clay does not stain, participants will get a little “muddy” and are encouraged to remove rings/bracelets, and may bring an old tee-shirt or smock to wear. Clay is a very inexpensive and easy media to incorporate in all subjects, and this workshop is suitable for all levels and disciplines.


Speakers
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Marla McLean

Artist/Educator, School Within School
Marla McLean is a Reggio-inspired artist/educator, working as the Atelierista at School Within School (SWS), a public school in DC. She is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and teaches Art and Science-Developing Creativity and Art and Activism (in San Miguel, Mexico). She is a mixed-media working artist with a studio at Passageways Studios in Riverdale, MD. Marla facilitates workshops on Creativity and Children... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Art Room II (3rd Floor)

11:00am

Nurturing Global Competence Through the Use of Global Thinking Routines
Limited Capacity full

The challenge is clear: The most pressing problems of our time—from climate change to mass migration, human rights to equitable economic development—demand that we educate our youth to investigate topics of global significance, to collaborate across cultures, to communicate across difference and to be predisposed to take informed action. How can we transform our classrooms into spaces where students engage with the world beyond their immediate environment? For decades, researchers at Project Zero have examined the role of thinking routines in the promotion of cultures of thinking and thinking dispositions. In this course, we explore a novel approach to thinking routines—global thinking routines—specifically designed to advance students’ global competence. Through a combination of presentations, interactive exploration of student work and various global thinking routines, and small and whole group discussions, participants will develop their understanding of what global competence is, why it matters today, and what it looks like and develop the capacity to use global thinking routines to create globally-minded classroom cultures and advance global competence.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A02

11:00am

Thinking Routines: Not Just for the Classroom!
Limited Capacity filling up

This course will offer practical suggestions and resources for using Project Zero tools with staff and students outside of the traditional classroom environment. PZ thinking routines and protocols offer a unique opportunity to change the culture of meetings in a school setting, shifting their focus from logistics to collaboration and productivity. This course will also demonstrate how thinking routines can be used with students as tools to mediate and resolve conflict, reflect on behavior and progress, and improve group dynamics. Participants will engage in several thinking routines and will reflect on and discuss how they might adapt them to their own school environments.


Speakers
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Natasha Bhalla

Middle School Principal, Washington International School
Natasha Bhalla taught English in Alexandria City Public Schools for three years before moving to Washington International School, where she has been an English teacher, dean of students and now middle school principal. She has participated in four Project Zero conferences or institutes, including the Future of Learning and Project Zero Classroom summer institutes. As a teacher, Natasha has used thinking routines in classes. As a principal, she... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
A12

11:00am

Visible Thinking in the Multimedia Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we document student learning and visible thinking in the multimedia classroom? In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage in a multimedia activity that uses Project Zero thinking routines to build a culture of thinking and reflection in the multimedia classroom. In addition to creating a multimedia project, participants will have the opportunity to examine artifacts and student documentation from Photography and Film, Claymation, and Computer Programming, Systems and Robotics courses and workshops. If you have a device you use in your teaching bring it — if you don’t, one will be provided for you.


Speakers
avatar for Kerri Redding

Kerri Redding

Community Service Coordinator and Film/Computer Programming Teacher, Washington International School
A native Washingtonian, Kerri Redding is a lifelong independent school educator currently serving at the Community Service/CAS Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and a Digital Media Arts Teacher at Washington International School. Kerri’s degrees include an M.A. in Theater/Dance from Wesleyan University; an M.Ed. in Human Development from the Erikson Institute/Loyola University. She attended the Project... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
B2 (Mansion)

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday August 6, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Book Signing
Book Signing with Ron Ritchhart and Mara Krechevsky.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Krechevsky

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. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →
avatar for Ron Ritchhart

Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Library

2:30pm

4:45pm

Break
Thursday August 6, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Plenary Session

Signature Pedagogies in Global Education 

What does it take to teach for global competence with quality? What should we, as educators, know and be able to do in order to nurture global competence in our classrooms and schools? In this plenary session we will explore the characteristics of quality teaching for global competence. Drawing on a study of exemplary teaching practices, we will examine how very experienced teachers create conditions for students to investigate the world, take on cultural perspective, communicate across differences and take responsible action. We will then turn our attention to new approaches to professional development that are geared toward nurturing a global disposition among teachers and students alike. 


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Boix Mansilla

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Black Box Theatre 3100 Macomb St NW
 
Friday, August 7
 

9:00am

Plenary Session

Rethinking Global News Today as a Powerful Window to Learn With and About the World

 What constitutes quality journalism today? What constitutes quality engagement with journalism as a window into the world? How might a critical engagement with journalism today prepare our youth for global and digital times? What habits of mind do we want young people from diverse backgrounds to develop in their engagement with news? In this plenary session Veronica Boix Mansilla and Mark Schulte will explore the use of global thinking routines to engage learners in understanding the world through quality journalism. With a focus on a piece of insightful and dynamic Pulitzer Center-supported journalistic storytelling, the session will share lessons learned though a collaboration with teachers in DC and researchers in Cambridge. Specifically, the presenters will introduce and illustrate principles of quality journalism and desirable journalistic habits of mind. The session will conclude with a reflection about our role: Do we, as professionals in education and as citizens, need to rethink how we engage the global news world today?

 


Moderators
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Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
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Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →
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Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Black Box Theatre AAA Building

10:30am

Break
Friday August 7, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

1:00pm

1:45pm

Break
Friday August 7, 2015 1:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Closing Plenary Session
From Idea to Action

In this closing plenary session, Veronica Boix Mansilla, Mara Krechevsky, Margaret Riggs, Ron Ritchhart and Jim Reese will guide us in synthesizing all we have learned this week and will give us parting words and advice as we prepare ourselves for a new academic year. 

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese

Director of WISSIT, Director of Studies, Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese serves as director of the recently launched Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, a dual language PreK3-grade 12 independent school in the nation's capital. He was director of studies at WIS for eight years. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Project Zero as a consultant, serving as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute held on the campus of Harvard... Read More →

Speakers
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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. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and... Read More →
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Veronica Boix Mansilla

Senior Research Associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning summer institute. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). Her most recent research focuses on quality... Read More →
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Ron Ritchhart

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero
Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Black Box Theatre AAA Building