Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Welcome to Project Zero’s first Virtual Workshop Series! We are excited to welcome educators new to PZ ideas, those who have begun to work with PZ concepts more recently, as well as those well-versed in PZ frameworks. In order to support deeper learning and thinking, each workshop consists of two sessions, usually spaced a few days a part, with a brief activity or reflection that participants complete in between the two sessions. Sessions are either 60 minutes or 90 minutes, and the participants should plan for approximately 30 – 60 minutes of work in between the two sessions. Format: All workshops will be held on Harvard’s Zoom platform and supported by Harvard’s Canvas platform. Participants will receive invitations to the Canvas and Zoom platforms approximately 4 business days prior to the date of the first workshop session. Registration: You may register for as many workshops as you like. Registration links are separate for each workshop and is first come, first served basis. Scholarships, Discounts and Other Workshop Policies. Limited scholarships are available (covering 30% of the workshop fee) as are group discounts. Learn more about scholarships, group discounts, and other workshop policies.

Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Thinking with Text and Images: An Exploration of Thinking Routines for Looking Closely

    Jessica Ross, Educator, Researcher on PZ's Artful Thinking and Visible Thinking initiatives, Co-Designer PZ's Visible Thinking Online Course

    COST: $89
    SESSION 1: August 17, 2020 11:00AM to 12:00PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: August 19, 2020 11:00AM to 12:00PM Boston USA Time

    In this two-session workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage with thinking dispositions and related routines through image-based literature: picture books, graphic novels, and illustrated texts. In each session we will look at a variety of image rich texts and consider the language of thinking routines to support specific thinking dispositions. Additionally, participants will have time to consider how these texts and routines might be employed in their own context to support their students in observing, connecting, question asking, exploring viewpoints, and reasoning. This workshop is designed for educators working with learners of all ages from pre-K through secondary school and beyond.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 1-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Reimagining Education for Uncertain Times

    Dave Perkins, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Professor of Teaching and Learning, Emeritus, Project Zero Co-Founder

    COST: $10
    DATE(S): August 20, 2020 4:00PM to 5:30PM Boston USA Time

    Join Dave Perkins, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Professor of Teaching and Learning, Emeritus, and Project Zero Co-Founder to discuss the most recent challenges in education. Building on his renowned book Future Wise: Educating Our Children for A Changing World, Dave will share new insights from his current research projects and thinking as he considers this current and sudden “future."  After his talk, participants will have the opportunity to reflect in small groups and then join together for a final Question & Answer session.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Educating for Civic Agency

    Carrie James, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

    Mara Krechevsky, Research Director, Project Zero

    Jessica Ross, Educator, Researcher on PZ's Artful Thinking and Visible Thinking, Instructional Coach, the Democratic Knowledge Project (Harvard's Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics and Project Zero)

    COST: $109
    SESSION 1: September 22, 2020 4:30PM to 6:00PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: September 24, 2020 4:30PM to 5:30PM Boston USA Time

    At a moment of intense social and political upheaval and uncertainty, how can schools prepare children to be active participants in their communities? How can building connections between the classroom and community enhance our ability to live together in diverse societies and learn from and with each other? Grounded in the belief that children are not just future citizens, but are citizens of the here and now, this workshop explores innovative ways in which children and adolescents can develop civic agency through voice, dialogue, and listening. The workshop will support educators working with learners from pre-K through secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

Past Virtual Workshops

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Understanding Our Complex World:Why Interdisciplinarity Matters & How We Can Teach It Well

    Flossie Chua, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

    COST: $109
    SESSION 1: August 13, 2020 11:00AM to 12:00PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: August 14, 2020 11:00AM to 12:30PM Boston USA Time

    Engaging the pressing global problems and issues we face today requires that we develop a multifaceted and complex understanding of them. Such understanding invariably draws from multiple disciplines and fields. Preparing our students to grapple with global problems and issues demands that we nurture their capacity to solve problems, create products or ask questions in ways that go beyond single disciplinary lenses. To prepare educators for the demands of quality interdisciplinary teaching, this workshop introduces a framework for designing interdisciplinary instruction. Through analysis of a concrete example, participants will address two key questions: (1) what is interdisciplinary understanding, and (2) how can we design instruction to nurture interdisciplinary understanding? The workshop will support educators working with learners in middle and secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 1-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Quality Higher Education in the COVID era— and Beyond

    Howard Gardner, Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education & Project Zero Co-Founder

    Wendy Fischman, Project Director, Project Zero

    COST: $10
    DATE(S): August 12, 2020 4:00PM to 5:30PM Boston USA Time

    Join Project Zero researchers Howard Gardner & Wendy Fischman for perspectives on the current educational landscape. This 90-min session will feature a presentation by the researcher(s), meetings in small groups after the talk for guided reflection, and will close with a Question and Answer session. The sessions will be held on Zoom Meeting platform.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Navigating a Culturally Complex World: An Introduction to the Three O’s Framework

    Nir Aish

    Liz Dawes Duraisingh

    Sheya

    COST: $89
    SESSION 1: August 10, 2020 2:00PM to 3:00PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: August 12, 2020 2:00PM to 3:00PM Boston USA Time

    In this two-session workshop, participants will be introduced to emergent work from Out of Eden Learn, a research project and online learning program that connects young people from around the world to share stories and engage in thoughtful dialogue with one another. The workshop will focus on the Three O’s: overgeneralization,  overconfidence, and othering—a framework that supports students to thoughtfully interpret and navigate the world and to avoid common pitfalls when engaging with difference, such as making assumptions, stereotyping, or viewing one’s own culture or perspective as the norm. In session one, participants will be introduced to the framework. Then, through a close examination of student work, they will consider how the Three O’s might help students to make sense of the world and engage in thoughtful dialogue across differences, both online and in person. In the second session, participants will have looked for evidence of the Three O’s in their own lives and will consider the implications for—and applications of—the Three O’s in their own teaching and learning contexts. Participants will exchange ideas and explore new tools to support this timely work. The workshop is intended for educators of elementary, middle, and high school-age students, as well as adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

     
  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Slow Looking and Active Learning Together Online

    Shari Tishman, Senior Research Associate, Project Zero

    COST: $109
    SESSION 1: July 27, 2020 2:00PM to 3:30PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 29, 2020 2:00PM to 3:00PM Boston USA Time

    In this two-session workshop, participants will engage in a sequence of slow looking activities that invite them to carefully observe and creatively engage with works of art in a variety of ways. The goals of the activities are: (1) to demonstrate accessible strategies for exploring works of art—strategies that can easily be used by non-arts educators; (2) encourage learners to make connections between works of art and their own lives, and (3) show how art can be a compelling way to explore civic and humanistic themes relevant in today’s world. The activities are appropriate for young people and adults, and transferable to online or in-person educational settings. The workshop will support educators working with learners in elementary school through secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Digital Citizenship Now

    Carrie James, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

    Emily Weinstein, Senior Research Manager, Project Zero

    Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Education Programs, Common Sense Education

    COST: $89
    SESSION 1: July 27, 2020 10:00AM to 11:00AM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 30, 2020 10:00AM to 11:00AM Boston USA Time

    Digital technology use was a consistent part of everyday life before the pandemic. Now, it’s a near-constant. Our students’ learning, social lives, and entertainment are all happening largely ‘behind the screen.’ How can we support youth in this landscape? In this two-part workshop, educators will learn how they can use authentic, engaging digital dilemmas alongside new thinking routines. These learning activities build students’ agency to get more control over their digital habits, nurture skills for empathic digital communication, navigate relationship ups and downs, and think critically about how important civic issues are playing out on social media. The activities will be featured in updated lessons in Common Sense Education’s (free) Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Workshops will prepare educators to use digital dilemmas in different formats (e.g., self-guided by students, in synchronous virtual environments, and in the physical classroom). PZ-researchers Carrie James and Emily Weinstein will co-facilitate the session with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director at Common Sense Education. The workshop will support educators working with learners in middle and secondary school.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    The Practice of Playful Learning: Supports, Strategies, and Stories from the Classroom

    Benjamin Mardell, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

    Jennifer Ryan, Senior Project Manager, Project Zero

    COST: $109
    SESSION 1: July 21, 2020 11:00AM to 12:30PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 23, 2020 11:00AM to 12:00PM Boston USA Time

    Play is a core resource for how children learn ­­– socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Yet it is not always easy to define playful learning or know how to support it. In this workshop, we’ll offer several key strategies for promoting learning through play, along with classroom-based and virtual pre-k through middle school examples from the Pedagogy of Play research. The workshop will support educators working with learners from pre-K through middle-school.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Mapping Systems with Our Students

    Jessica Ross, Educator, Researcher on PZ's Artful Thinking and Visible Thinking initiatives, Co-Author Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds

    COST: $89
    SESSION 1: July 20, 2020 1:00PM to 2:00PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 22, 2020 1:00PM to 2:00PM Boston USA Time

     In this two-session workshop, participants will be introduced to thinking routines that were developed to foster a sensitivity to the design of systems as part of PZ’s Agency by Design research project. As our students engage with a myriad of complex systems every day, there are tools that can support them in teasing out the parts, people, and dynamics inherent in any system so that they can analyze, engage with, and even redesign systems. Participants will have the opportunity to try out thinking routines that support the mapping and analysis of systems and consider ways these routines and practices might support learning in their own context. The workshop will support educators working with learners from pre-K through secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    When Thinking Becomes Routine: Using Thinking Routines as More than Activities

    Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate Project Zero, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    Mark Church, Project Zero Classroom Faculty, "Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn Project" Consultant, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    COST: $139
    SESSION 1: July 13, 2020 1:00PM to 2:30PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 15, 2020 1:00PM to 2:30PM Boston USA Time

    For many years, Project Zero researcher-educators have developed a number of thinking routines that encourage students to look closely, to seek connections, to uncover complexities, to reason with evidence, and to consider perspectives.  When used powerfully, thinking routines not only provide teachers with a set of practices to engage students, but help advance a broader goal to create classrooms where students’ thinking is visible, valued, and actively promoted.   In Session One of this virtual workshop, participants will have an opportunity to consider making thinking visible as a goal of their teaching, discussing powerful practices that bring thinking to the foreground of classroom endeavors.   In Session Two, participants will look at lessons we’ve learned from teachers worldwide who use thinking routines for maximum effect. The workshop will support educators working with learners from pre-K through secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    (Re)Designing Unjust Systems: (Re)Imagining Voice, Power, and Participation

    Sheya, Program Manager, Project Zero & Director, JusticexDesign Project

    COST: $139
    SESSION 1: July 07, 2020 11:00AM to 12:30PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 09, 2020 11:00AM to 12:30PM Boston USA Time

    Injustices are by design. Supporting young people to recognize inequities in everyday design is a step toward reimagining a more just world. Launched with educators across Washington, D.C., and with support from the Washington International School, the JusticexDesign (JxD) initiative investigates how Project Zero and Agency by Design frameworks might encourage young people to engage critically with the design of their worlds, while paying particular attention to systems of power and access. Implicit biases and systemic oppressions are built into human-made systems like media, architecture, government, transportation, and time. These systems—by design—empower and amplify, oppress and silence. Using JxD protocols, participants in this two-session workshop will carefully consider the roles of power, representation, and participation in the design of everyday systems. Participants will have the opportunity to redesign—or reimagine—oppressive systems as well as consider connections between workshop content and their own teaching contexts. The workshop is designed for educators working with all ages of learners and will provide classroom resources to do this work with students.

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

  • 2-SESSION VIRTUAL Workshop

    Exploring the 6 Powers of Making Thinking Visible

    Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate Project Zero, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    Mark Church, Project Zero Classroom Faculty, "Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn Project" Consultant, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    COST: $139
    SESSION 1: June 29, 2020 1:00PM to 2:30PM Boston USA Time
    SESSION 2: July 01, 2020 1:00PM to 2:30PM Boston USA Time

    Two decades into the use of thinking routines as vehicles of instruction, we understand more about their usefulness to teachers and their effects on learners. This course explores Ritchhart and Church's six specific areas of “powerful effects” while introducing participants to some new thinking routines. Session One delves into how making thinking visible practices foster deep learning, cultivate engagement, and change the role of both the students and teachers. Session Two focuses on using thinking routines with three specific aims: as a formative assessment practice, to improve learning, and to develop thinking dispositions. The workshop will support educators working with learners from pre-K through secondary school as well as with all ages of adult learners.

    Required Materials: The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    Project Zero’s professional development programs are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as Category 3 PD, which can be used by IB educators worldwide to fulfill their ongoing requirements.

     

     

  • The Power of Making Thinking Visible Webinar

    Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate Project Zero, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    Mark Church, Project Zero Classroom Faculty, "Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn Project" Consultant, Co-Author The Power of Making Thinking Visible

    COST: Free
    DATE(S): June 15, 2020 1:00PM to 2:00PM Boston USA Time

    Project Zero (PZ) is delighted to launch our three-month Virtual Workshop series with a live webinar featuring Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church as they discuss their new book, The Power of Making Thinking Visible.  In the 2011 best seller Making Thinking Visible, Ron, a PZ researcher and principal investigator, and Mark, a long-time PZ institute faculty member and researcher, helped to popularize the use of thinking routines in classrooms, museums, and professional learning around the world.  Since then, Ron and Mark have studied how educators use thinking routines, what effect visible thinking practices have on students and teachers, and how those practices transform classrooms. They have also developed new routines to help students engage with ideas, collaborate with peers, and take action thoughtfully and effectively. All of this learning is captured in The Power of Making Thinking Visible.  Join Ron and Mark for an informal discussion moderated by Tina Blythe, PZ’s Director of Learning and Outreach, about the book, during which they’ll respond to questions and ideas collected in advance of the talk via Twitter: Where have you seen the power of visible thinking practices? What are you wondering about when it comes to visible thinking? Tweet your thoughts and questions using the hashtag #PowerofMTVChat