Event Details

Visible Thinking, an approach to teaching thinking developed by Project Zero, has two goals: to deepen content learning and to cultivate students’ thinking skills and thinking dispositions. Now used by educators around the world, Visible Thinking is designed to be used in all subjects, all grades, and in a range of educational settings.

Course Designers

Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross is a senior practitioner specialist working at Project Zero on the Agency by Design Project.  Jessica was a founding team member of the Global Learning Charter Public School, where she taught grade 5-8 humanities for ten years.  A licensed principal, she has also served as Title I Director and English Department Chair.  Jessica graduated from Hunter College with degrees in both elementary education and history and is currently completing a master’s degree in Professional Writing at UMass.  Her passion for teaching was recognized in 2007 when she was voted Teacher of the Year by the Standard Times and Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.  Since 2006, Jessica has participated in and facilitated numerous Artful and Visible Thinking workshops in Costa Rica, Amsterdam, Cambridge, MA, Rochester, NY and several other locations throughout the U.S.; she is currently the Assistant Education Coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom Institute.

Shari Tishman
Shari Tishman is a Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero, where she recently served as Director. Her research focuses on the development of thinking and understanding, the role of close observation in learning, and learning in and through the arts. She currently co-directs Agency by Design, a project related to the maker movement that is investigating the promises, practices and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. She also co-directs Out of Eden Learn, an online learning community, currently being used in over 700 classrooms worldwide, that is linked to National Geographic journalist Paul Salopek’s seven-year walk around the world. Past notable projects include Visible Thinking, a dispositional approach to teaching thinking that foregrounds the use of thinking routines and the documentation of student thinking, and Artful Thinking, a related approach that emphasizes the development of thinking dispositions through looking at art. The author of numerous articles and books, Tishman is currently at work on a book on ‘Slow Looking.’

Course Instructor

Becca Solomon
Becca Solomon joined Project Zero in 1994 as a researcher with Project Co-Arts, a study of educationally effective community art centers. From 1995–2001, she managed various aspects of Howard Gardner's GoodWork™ Project, a study focused on high quality and social responsibility in work across the age span. After attending graduate school in Clinical Psychology to study motivation and identity, Becca returned to Project Zero to work with Ron Ritchhart on the Cultures of Thinking Project from 2009 to 2011. Each summer at the Project Zero Classroom institute, Becca teaches a mini-course introducing the Project MUSE tools. She is a visual artist, works as a freelance editor/writing coach, and is on the board of a Waldorf preschool in Central Massachusetts, Evergreen Garden Playschool. Becca and her musician husband live northwest of Boston with their two daughters (12 and 8). She has been instructing the Visible Thinking Online Course since 2016.