May 15-16, 2021
(Exhibition of Learning on May 14)

Come learn about two initiatives, born in DC, that bring together maker-centered learning practices and civic agency. 

Washington, DC, is known around the world for government, politics, cherry trees, museums, and national monuments. Locals, however, know it for being the birthplace of Go-Go music; for having a diverse, multi-ethnic, and international population; and for vibrant neighborhoods, among other features. Did you also know that DC is the birthplace of two key maker-centered projects: Making Across the Curriculum (MAC) and JusticexDesign (JxD)? 

Part of Project Zero’s Agency by Design initiative, MAC and JxD have involved a variety of educators and settings, including traditional public, public charter, independent, and parochial schools.

Making Across the Curriculum, begun in 2018, explores maker-centered teaching and learning practices across grade levels and subject areas through a rich professional development program with inquiry at its core. In its initial phase MAC was supported by a generous grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.  

JusticexDesign (JxD) is a research initiative investigating how the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning might support learners to develop a sensitivity to designed injustices, engage critically with the design of systems of power and oppression, and re/imagine their participation in these systems. It launched in fall of 2019 with a small group of educators from schools across Washington, DC.

On Saturday & Sunday, May 15 &16, 2021, join us for an exploration of the pedagogical frameworks and tools that have been developed in these two projects. Agency by Design researchers Edward Clapp and Sarah Sheya will be featured speakers at this virtual conference, with interactive workshops facilitated by participants who have put these ideas into practice in a variety of contexts. 

All conference participants will be invited to attend a special virtual exhibition of teacher and student learning featuring educators who have been participating in the two projects. This exhibition will take place on Friday, May 14, from 4:30-5:30 PM on Zoom. The Exhibition will be open to the public as part of the inaugural Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival. CLICK HERE to learn more about the festival. 


$200 per person for conference
$150 per person for a team of three or more from same school

Conference Schedule: 

Friday, May 14

4:30-5:30 PM: Exhibition of Learning

Saturday, May 15

10:00-11:00 AM: Plenary Session 1 featuring Edward Clapp of Project Zero
11:15 AM-12:30 PM: Interactive Course 1
1:30-2:00 PM: Conversation / Reflection in Breakout Rooms
2:15-3:15 PM: Plenary Session 2 featuring E. Clapp and MAC practitioners

Sunday, May 16 

10:00-11:00 AM: Plenary Session 3 featuring Sarah Sheya of Project Zero
11:15 AM-12:30 PM: Interactive Course 2
1:30-2:00 PM: Conversation / Reflection in Breakout Rooms
2:15-3:15 PM: Plenary Session 4 featuring S. Sheya and JxD practitioners