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:


Scholarships


 

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.

Let`s Play: Teaching Strategies for Playful Learning

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2021

Registration for the February 2021 term is full. Please click the Learn more and Register button to sign up for a waitlist for the next term.

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.

 

The Power of Making Thinking Visible

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2021

Registration for the February 2021 term is full. Please click the Learn more and Register button to sign up for a waitlist for the next term.

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.

Cultures of Thinking in Action

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2021

Registration for the April 2021 term is full. Please click the Learn more and Register button to sign up for a waitlist for the next term.

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.

13-week learning experiences where students go in depth into PZ research, implement new concepts into their teaching and learning environments and receive personalized feedback from a coach.

Our online courses will resume September 2021.

July 23, 2021 to July 24, 2021
Join other educators (pre-K through 12) for a two-day intensive to explore the JxD framework, tools and practices. JusticexDesign director and Project Zero researcher Sarah Sheya will introduce the JxD framework, offer examples of teacher practice, and share resources to explore this work further... Read more
September 2021
Effective teaching takes more than good planning and instructional design; it also requires attention to the culture of the classroom. But how do we create culture? How do we shape and mold it so that it supports students’ development as thinkers and learners capable of deep understanding? Course... Read more
September 2021
Unlock the potential of group learning in your classroom. In groups, both children and adults learn from and with others, encountering new perspectives, strategies, and ways of thinking. Not only do individuals enhance their own learning, but the group can also achieve more together than any... Read more
September 2021
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... Read more
September 2021
Drawing on research from Project Zero’s Agency by Design project, this course offers classroom teachers, maker educators, administrators, and parents an opportunity to explore firsthand maker-centered learning practices and the opportunities they afford. Course Designers Edward Clapp Edward P... Read more
September 2021
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,... 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.

June 28, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Sparks Questions for Exploration Attending Sparks Schedule Plenaries Workshops Registration and Payment Sparks Questions for Exploration In the plenaries, workshops and discussion groups, we will explore striking questions that are arising in a wide range of today’s educational contexts. Some of... Read more
March 19, 2022 to March 20, 2022
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 learners who are active and empathetic citizens. Others encourage complex reasoning or creativity. Leading progressive visions... Read more