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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Margaret Ricks

Washington, DC
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 to an elementary school. Margaret’s role is also to organize open houses that shares the adaptation of the Reggio approach in a public school setting with educators in public, private and charter schools. She is also an active member of DC-Project Zero and was a participant in the first WISSIT. As a result of the institute, Margaret’s classroom focus has been to make learning visible through participation in the Children Are Citizens project, a collaboration between Project Zero, local early childhood classrooms, and cultural institutions aiming to explore the notion of young children as citizens. She holds both bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. Margaret will co-lead a learning group at WISSIT 2017.