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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!

January 7, 2020:

WISSIT 2020 Registration: 
Now Open!


Today, January 7, registration for the 7th annual Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT) officially opens!


The dates for this year’s WISSIT are Monday, August 3-Friday, August 7. As we typically fill up by spring, you will want to claim your spot as soon as possible. Click HERE to register now!

Similar to last year, registration for an individual participant will be $900–this includes all of the week’s activities as well as breakfast on four of the days, lunch on the first day, and an evening reception on the Thursday of that week. For teams of three or more from the same school or organization, a discount of $150 per participant will be applied. There will also be a limited number of scholarships available to educators in Title I settings, or for those pursuing teacher licensure.

Please note that participants are required to attend each day in full for the entire week. If you cannot attend all five days, we ask that you forgo registering and try to attend at another time. For the full schedule of the week, please click HERE.

New to WISSIT? Here is a snapshot of what you can expect:

1) A full week of high-quality, immersive professional development aimed at both broadening and deepening your engagement with Project Zero (PZ) ideas!

2) Plenary sessions (talks) and interactive courses from a mix of Project Zero researchers and local educators, providing both research-based and practical aspects of PZ ideas, across all disciplines and age groups (primarily focused on early childhood to high school).

3) Day at the Museums! Wednesday will be spent entirely in and around the National Mall, where you will get to participate in two museum-centered courses facilitated by experienced museum educators. Last year, the courses were spread out over 11 different sites!

4) Learning Groups: You will be placed in a Learning Group that will meet five times throughout the week and will be facilitated by two educators who are seasoned Project Zero practitioners. The goal of these groups is to give you a home base for processing everything you are learning throughout the week. While English fluency is required for WISSIT, we will offer a Spanish-language learning group if enough participants indicate an interest.

5) Opportunities to bounce ideas off of teachers from all over the DMV who are just as excited as you are to try new approaches and activities in their classrooms!

Returning to WISSIT? We’ve got you covered!

While the content of WISSIT does not change dramatically from year to year, every two or three years we do make substantive shifts in faculty and in interactive courses on offer. In 2019, we began offering a learning group specifically tailored to the needs of returning participants, and, if there is popular demand, we will be including that option again this year. On the registration form, you can indicate if you would like to be placed in such a group.  

Have Questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact Jim Reese ( or Abby Krolik (



DCPZ Exhibition
of Teacher and Student Learning


The annual DCPZ Exhibition of Teacher and Student Learning will take place on Thursday, April 23, at Sidwell Friends School’s Tenleytown campus. This year, the Exhibition will kick off the Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival that the PD Collaborative and KID Museum are co-producing (if you’re interested in hosting an event for this festival, click here!). It will also feature opening remarks by Project Zero researchers Edward Clapp and Sarah Sheya, who are co-leading the Making Across the Curriculum project in the region.

Inspired by the documentation practices of the world-renowned municipal preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and the research of Project Zero’s Making Learning Visible initiative, the Exhibition has been hosted by Sidwell Friends and organized by teachers Anne Charny and Denise Coffin since its inception in 2014. Anne and Denise are founding members of DCPZ and have been on the faculty of WISSIT, our annual summer institute, since its start. They’ve also created a helpful webpage (here) for educators who want to learn more about the Exhibition.

Stay tuned! A sign-up form for educators interested in exhibiting this year will go out in late winter, and an RSVP form for attending the exhibition will go out in March. 


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