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As educators, we seek to prepare our students for the future — to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will help them become productive, reflective, responsible members of their communities as they move into adulthood. But none of us can predict the kind of future that awaits them. So how do we shape learning experiences that prepare our students for an uncertain future? 

 

Course Designer

Tina Blythe
Tina has been a researcher at Project Zero for nearly 30 years. She is part of Project Zero’s online learning leadership team and is the education chair of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute. She is also a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Central to her research and teaching are how to create and sustain learning environments that support understanding. Collaborative inquiry and the collaborative assessment of student and teacher work are key focuses of her work. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher, and she leads workshops and provides consultation for organizations and schools around the world. She is the author and co-author of a number of books and articles include Looking Together at Student Work, 3rd Ed. (Blythe, Allen, & Powell; Teachers College, 2015); Facilitating for Learning (Allen & Blythe; Teachers College, 2015); and The Facilitator's Book of Questions (Allen & Blythe; Teachers College, 2004). She is the lead author of The Teaching for Understanding Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998), which has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, and Georgian.

 

Course Instructors

Patricia León Agustí
Patricia is an educator working in many areas of professional development. For 11 years, she was Director of the Rochester School in Bogotá, Colombia, and during that time she founded the Colegio San Francisco de Asís, a PreK-12 school for poor children. The two schools, opposite in their economic circumstances, each benefitted from Patricia's work with Project Zero as she developed each school’s curriculum based on the Teaching for Understanding framework. During 1998–1999, Patricia was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked closely with Project Zero. Patricia has worked with WIDE World Spanish online courses since their beginning as a coach and as an instructor. For four years, Patricia worked throughout Colombia with teachers from the public sector on a project called Teaching for Understanding for the Construction of Citizenship.
 
Patricia is the Executive Director of FUNDACIES and Vision Action, non-profit organizations dedicated to educational research and professional development for educators. Together with María Ximena Barrera, during the last years, she has been working with different schools in Latin America and Spain and accompanying them in the process of implementation of the Teaching for Understanding and Cultures of Thinking Frameworks. For Patricia, education is not just a profession, it is part of who she is.
 
María Ximena Barrera
María Ximena has been working with Project Zero ideas for more than 20 years. She has participated in several educational seminars offering workshops and talks focused on Teaching for Understanding, Multiple Intelligences, and the use of protocols and Thinking Routines. For four years, María Ximena worked throughout Colombia with teachers from the public sector on a project called Teaching for Understanding for the Construction of Citizenship. Since 2001 she has worked with WIDE World as an instructor for the courses taught in Spanish (Teaching for Understanding, Leading for Understanding, and Coach Development). During the last 15 years, María Ximena has participated in the Project Zero Classroom summer institute as a Fellow and as a Study Group Leader.
 
Currently, María Ximena is involved in the field of early childhood, first by implementing the Visible Thinking strategies at the Rethink and ReUse Center in Miami, and now as an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University. María Ximena is an active member of FUNDACIES and Vision Action, non-profit organizations dedicated to educational research and professional development for educators, where she is the Director of Program Development. Together with Patricia León, during the last years, she has been working with different schools in Latin America and Spain, accompanying them in the process of implementation of the Teaching for Understanding and Cultures of Thinking Frameworks. As much as María Ximena loves teaching, she loves learning!