This course challenged me in my own practices. I am already thinking about how to move forward to improve my performance and be more consistent based on what I expect.
- 2021 Cultures of Thinking in Action Micro Practicum Participant

One of the ways we make our research accessible to educators around the world is through providing professional education. These offerings are scheduled at various times throughout the year, research-based, and grounded in the day-to-day work of teachers and administrators. In addition, they are an opportunity for educators to earn professional learning hours. We offer:


If you have specific questions about any of our professional development opportunities, please email us at

4-5 week learning experiences where students practice implementing new concepts into their teaching and learning environments and receive personalized feedback from a coach and the instructors.

Engage deeply online with Project Zero research. PZ Micro Practicums (PZMP) focus on the practical application of research-based ideas and strategies in classrooms, schools, and other learning settings.

Throughout the learning experiences, participants apply what they learn as they learn, receiving personalized feedback from the instructors, a coach, as well as from fellow participants. Upon successful completion, participants earn a certificate that documents the professional development hours completed.

You may register as either a team or an individual. If you register as an individual you will be placed on a virtual team that you will work with throughout the course.

Enrollment is limited. Practicums may fill prior to the registration deadlines.

The Power of Making Thinking Visible

DATE(S): January 31, 2022 to February 27, 2022
COST: $249 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $299 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams. (Late registration: $269 & $319)

Thinking routines have become extremely popular over the last decade and are often recognized as a hallmark of Project Zero practices.  With this popularity and wide-spread use has come the opportunity to look more closely at just what effect thinking routines have on teaching, on learning, and on schooling.  These issues could not have been properly examined when thinking routines were first being introduced almost 15 years ago. Now, however, extensive research and ongoing collaboration with schools have generated new learnings that create the opportunity to take the practices of making thinking visible to the next level.

Introduction to Maker-Centered Learning: Developing Student Agency & Sensitivity to Design

DATE(S): March 07, 2022 to April 03, 2022
COST: $249 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $299 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams. (Late registration: $269 & $319)

What is maker-centered learning? How can educators of all grade levels and subject areas use this powerful approach to re-engage their students in the kind of deep and sustained learning that develops student agency and a sensitivity to design? This micro practicum (4-week online course) provides an introduction to a set of maker-centered learning strategies and tools developed by Agency by Design, a multi-year Project Zero research initiative.

Let`s Play: Teaching Strategies for Playful Learning

DATE(S): April 25, 2022 to May 29, 2022
COST: $249 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $299 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams. (Late registration: $269 & $319)

Play is central to how children learn: the way they make sense of their world; the way they form and explore friendships; the way they shape and test hypotheses about their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environments. Yet incorporating play into a classroom or formal school setting isn’t a straightforward endeavor, as the nature of play and the nature of school are often at odds. The “Let’s Play” five-week mini course, based on the research and frameworks developed in the Lego Foundation-funded PZ project “Pedagogy of Play” is an introduction to some of the core principles and practices of playful learning and gives participants opportunities to design and try out at least one playful learning approach in their own contexts. The course has been revised to support educators to learn about how to facilitate playful learning online, in a classroom and in hybrid learning contexts.

Cultures of Thinking in Action

DATE(S): October 2022
COST: $249 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $299 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams. (Late registration: $269 & $319)

The next run of this micro practicum will be offered in 2022. Please use the Interest Form links to sign up for updates.

During times of change, it is important to lean into our values. Doing so helps us to remain grounded and true to our vision of what a quality education looks and feels like…even as we are buffeted by the unknown forces of change and thrust into new modes of instructional delivery.

Six-session online courses where you can explore PZ frameworks for learning and teaching, practice implementing new concepts into your learning environments, collaborate with other inspiring educators, and receive group feedback from course facilitators and a coach.

How do you choose the course that’s right for you? In the video to the right, PZ Director Daniel Wilson explains the key themes of each course and what you can expect.

February 14, 2022 to May 15, 2022
Learning is social. Every day, children and adults learn from and with others, encountering new perspectives, strategies, and ways of thinking. Together, groups can achieve greater perspective and understanding than any individual can alone, but we need tools for sharing thinking and making... Read more
February 14, 2022 to May 15, 2022
We all become more effective as learners when we become aware of our learning processes and learn to manage how we think and learn. Visible Thinking is an approach developed by Project Zero to deepen content learning and to cultivate students’ thinking skills and thinking dispositions. Used by... Read more

Project Zero conferences are 1-5 day learning experiences designed for educators to engage with PZ research and concepts in a variety of formats. Through the artful curating of plenaries, workshops and reflection/study periods, participants have the opportunity to learn about new research, deepen their understanding of PZ concepts, engage in thought-provoking dialogue with other participants from around the world and reflect on how their learnings apply to their own contexts. Conferences are suitable for educators with minimal to extensive experience with PZ ideas and for those coming from any type of learning environment. Certificates of professional learning will be awarded to participants that complete all conference activities. In-person conferences will return in 2022.

March 19, 2022 to March 20, 2022
18 - 19 March 2022, 5:00PM - 11:00PM Boston Time 19 - 20 March 2022, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Melbourne Time Check your timezone here . What and how should students learn to thrive in today’s complex world? What education will matter most to the lives they are likely to lead? Some schools aspire to develop... Read more