Latest News from the Collaborative

By: Abby Krolik

Read from our latest newsletter about everything PDC has  been up to!

 About twice a month, the Professional Development Collaborative sends out a newsletter to its 1000+ subscribers to let them know about the projects we are working on; the relevant meetings or conferences at which we are presenting or that we are attending; and, of course, descriptions and reminders for all of the wonderful DC-PZ events that are coming up soon. This includes information about WISSIT–our annual summer teacher institute. In addition to being emailed to all of our subscribers, each newsletter will also be posted here, on our website. If you would like to access previous newsletters, you can click on the following link to our Mailchimp archive. While you’re there, you can also sign up for our mailing list!

February 1, 2019:

DC-PZ at National Building Museum’s EVICTED Exhibition


Last week, approximately 25 educators from all over the DMV gathered at the National Building Museum to delve into an extraordinary exhibition, EVICTED, with an educational lens. (Luckily, despite its location in a government-owned building, it was still open to the public during the shutdown!) The exhibition, a collaboration with Matthew Desmond, professor of sociology at Princeton University and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, takes visitors through many of the factors and consequences of eviction. Its creative use of infographics, exhibit design, and video interviews offer both a broad, national view of housing trends, and an intimate, emotional experience of what it is like to be caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and eviction.

To start the evening’s workshop, National Building Museum educators Andrew Costanzo and Caitlin Miller (veteran PZers and WISSIT Museum Day facilitators) led us through the exhibition using the Agency by Design Thinking Routine “Parts, People, and Interactions.”Our responses to the routine formed the foundation for the group’s deeper discussion of the exhibition and its themes. In small groups, we brainstormed ideas for how the exhibition and the topic could be integrated into our various educational contexts, using the ideas and resources the Museum had demonstrated with us. It was truly an engaging and insightful experience for all of us.

DC-PZ at Education Conferences

This past week DC-PZ members presented the incredible work that they do at a couple of regional and national level conferences.

On Saturday, January 26, City Neighbors Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Progressive Education Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. Two of the workshops were led by DC-PZ members:      


Fairfax County Public School teachers Suzanne van der Eijk, Monica Kimbrell, and Marissa Petty led “Em-Power Up Professional Learning in a Culture of Change,” and Àngels Natal Asensio facilitated “Exploring the Complexity of Food.” Additionally, PZ researcher Ron Ritchhart (who will be reprising his role as one of our amazing featured speakers at this year’s WISSIT) gave a master class on “Cultures of Thinking in Action.” Many other DC-PZers were in attendance at the summit. 


The DC-Project Zero network was also well represented at the second annual conference of the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), held Jan. 27-28 on Capitol Hill.

Two presentations focused on the work of the PD Collaborative. WIS educators Carole Geneix, Jaime Chao Mignano, and Kerri Redding led a hands-on workshop on the Making Across the Curriculum project. This initiative includes over 40 teachers from six schools across the city (DC International Public Charter, H.D. Cooke ES, MacFarland MS, Roosevelt HS, Van Ness ES, and Washington International).

In the other presentation, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Executive Director Maquita Alexander, H.D. Cooke Elementary School (DCPS) Global Studies Coordinator Marci Jones, and PD Collaborative Director Jim Reese shared ways they have supported creating a culture of thinking in their settings.

Conference attendees came from public and independent schools as well as education organizations from around the country. NNSP’s mission is to support and publicize models of best practice for developing public-private partnerships in education and to provide access to expertise in developing such partnerships.


DC-PZ In Action, Vol. 2: 
Making Across the Curriculum

“PZ In Action” is a new feature that will highlight, from time to time, the many ways in which DC-PZ educators are using Project Zero ideas in their practice. We hope that our readers will be inspired to try something new in their own setting. Each of these articles will also be posted on the PD Collaborative website as blog posts.

In this edition, we hear from María Fernanda Garcia, a dual-language English/Spanish teacher at MacFarland Middle School (DCPS) in the Petworth neighborhood.  

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