Project Zero, a leading educational
research organization at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, has
had a decade-long relationship with WIS.
very first Project Zero conference held away from the Harvard campus was
co-hosted by WIS and the National Gallery of Art in November 2010. Since that
time, WIS teachers have presented workshops at off-site conferences in New
York, Atlanta and Clarkston, Michigan.
teachers now regularly lead in-house workshops with their colleagues and
parents on how they are using Project Zero ideas in practice.
For the 2010-11 academic year, WIS
received a matching grant from the EE Ford Foundation to establish a
consultant-in-residency program featuring Project Zero researchers Veronica
Boix Mansilla and Ron Ritchhart. Contributions from the community ensured WIS
met the match. In the 2011-12, WISPA awarded a grant that sustained this work
for another year.
these two years, the Project Zero consultants worked with teachers and
administrators to develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding connected to
a relevant global issues curriculum and its delivery. Their work entailed, but
was not limited to:
- Leading workshops for teachers;
- Observing classes and engaging the faculty in explorations of teaching and learning issues related to building a relevant curriculum for the 21st century;
- Organizing and advising professional learning groups of teachers;
- Consulting with groups of teachers in subject area and grade level groups to build interdisciplinary approaches to various topics;
- Training teachers to be trainers, so they could lead workshops and symposia as outlined above; and
- Consulting with the school’s Academic Council
and administrators on strategies to ensure success of this project.
As a result of these initiatives, the entire WIS
faculty has engaged deeply with Project Zero ideas over the past two years.