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 2000+ 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  institute for educators. In addition to being emailed to all of our subscribers, each newsletter will also be posted here, on our website. If you would like access to previous newsletters, you can click on the link to our Mailchimp archive. While you’re there, you can also sign up for our mailing list!

November 7, 2019:

Remake Learning Days Festival
Coming to the DMV!


The PD Collaborative and the KID Museum in Bethesda have been awarded a grant to organize a Remake Learning Days Festival in the DMV area. 

Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA), which originated in Pittsburgh, PA, celebrates innovative experiences and opportunities for youth in order to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity. It is a festival of events hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after-school programs, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups and more. These events are designed to be hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school) and their families, caregivers and educators. The majority of events are free and open to children of all ages.

A number of cities and regions across the nation will be holding a Remake Learning Days Festival. This year marks the first time RMLDAA has come to the DMV. 

Remake Learning Days-DMV in 2020 will take place April 23-May 16, bookended by the DCPZ Exhibition of Teacher and Student Learning on the 23rd and the second annual Making Across the Curriculum conference on the 16th. 

Stay tuned for more information in the new year as we begin to announce events for this exciting adventure! 


“Beyond WISSIT”
Kicks Off DCPZ’s 8th Year


On Oct. 2, at the kick-off event for our free DCPZ professional development series, titled “Beyond WISSIT,” over 40 educators gathered at Sacred Heart School in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of DC to explore ideas introduced at WISSIT and the ways in which they have been adapted in practice. Sacred Heart Principal Elise Heil welcomed us by telling the story of how the school–which has been in the same location for over 100 years–evolved with each wave of change to the neighborhood in order to maintain and build upon its status as an anchor for the community. She also gave an overview of the school’s deep commitment to Project Zero ideas. Sra. Joya, a long-time staff member of the school and cook extraordinaire, prepared a fantastic homemade meal for us that started the evening on a warm and well-fed note!


After eating and socializing, we split into smaller groups to attend two different workshops. Topics ranged from the use of PZ Thinking Routines for language acquisition and development of student thinking to interactive storytelling. Several of the workshops brought in aspects of maker-centered learning to explore race and identity, as well as to analyze systems of injustice. Each of the courses was facilitated by a local educator who had participated in WISSIT this past summer. Participants came away buzzing with ideas for how they could integrate PZ ideas into their practice.


A huge thank-you to the Sacred Heart team for hosting us, as well as to each of our facilitators: Riana Fisher, Agnes Gomez, Kristen Kullberg, Greg Landrigan, Gerald Smith and Beth Strader.

This school year marks the eighth consecutive year of the DCPZ professional development series. Keep reading to find out about exciting events we have planned in 2020.


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