The 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; this successful collaboration was repeated in October 2016. In addition, WIS teachers have presented workshops at off-site conferences in New York, Atlanta and Clarkston, Michigan and regularly lead in-house workshops to show colleagues and parents how they are using Project Zero ideas in practice. (This article on innovation in schools highlights WIS's partnership with Project Zero.)
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, the WIS Parent Association awarded a grant that sustained this work for another year.
Throughout 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.