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. Since that time, WIS teachers have presented workshops at off-site conferences in New York, Atlanta and Clarkston, Michigan.
Our 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, 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.