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!


PDC Online Workshop Series Kick-off!

The PD Collaborative initiated a new online workshop series on Thursday, September 10, with Jaime Chao Mignano of Washington International School leading a sold-out session titled “Interrogating Legacy: Voice, Choice, and Critical Mending.”

Informed by her collaboration with Project Zero researcher Sarah Sheya and a number of local public, parochial and independent school colleagues in the JusticexDesign initiative, Chao Mignano guided workshop participants in an exploration of ways we can “mend” historical legacies by considering and including voices missing or deliberately excluded. She shared work done by WIS high school history students, inspired by the artist Titus Kaphar, who re-examined iconic images of the Confederacy from the U.S. Civil War period and “hacked” them in order to show a fuller story–in particular the narratives of enslaved people.

Participants then engaged with a Dr. Seuss political cartoon from 1942 that depicted racist images of Japanese-Americans, who were considered by the U.S. government to be a threat during World War II and who soon in great numbers would be interned in camps along the U.S. West Coast. 

Chao Mignano, who is the STEAM Community Coordinator for grades 6-12 at WIS, has been a leader in the new JusticexDesign project that originated  at WIS and grew out of  the Making Across the Curriculum initiative, co-led by Sheya and PZ researcher Edward Clapp.

The next online workshop in the series will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24. Kerri Redding–service learning coordinator and digital media/computing teacher in the Upper School (grades 9-12) at WIS, as well as Coordinator of Community Building and Inclusion at WISSIT–will lead us through an exploration of media literacy and ways to support our students develop the ability to critically analyze the media they consume. There are just a few spots left in this workshop! Register for it HERE

WISSIT Package On Offer!


For the first time ever, you can purchase a recorded version of the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT)! Experience the seventh annual WISSIT, which took place virtually from August 3-7, 2020. Recordings of three keynote addresses, two “talk-back” sessions with Project Zero researchers Ron Ritchhart and Sarah Sheya, and 16 interactive courses led by master educators in the Washington, DC, region are available as a package for purchase. 

For $200, you will get unlimited access to these recordings–and associated resources–through March 31, 2021. The content for WISSIT focused on three major themes: Building a Culture of Thinking; Encouraging Creativity and “Maker Thinking” in Children; and Learning Deeply with Museum Resources. All sessions were recorded on Zoom.


This package is perfect for anyone who was unable to attend WISSIT this summer, or an educator who wants to see Project Zero ideas in action. 

You can register and pay on the WISSIT website HERE.


Dispatches from the Distance Learning Trenches,

What fundamental shifts have you made in your approach to teaching and learning? 

What has been your biggest obstacle to date? 

What creative twists have you put in place? 

How are PZ ideas translating to the distance learning environment? 

Just like last spring, we will continue to collect stories and lessons learned from all of you.

Click HERE to submit.

Write us a description and reflection on what you’ve been doing; it should be between 2-6 sentences. We’ll share from your responses in our next newsletter.

Want to read past distance learning dispatches? Check them out on our blog post! 


Anti-Racism Resources for Educators:

Did you miss our June 2020 response to the protests and uprisings around the country in response to police brutality and killings? You can find it again on our website as a blogpost here.

Included in the list of resources is a useful webpage put together by our own DCPZ’er Kerri Redding. Kerri developed this page for Upper School students at Washington International School and asked her permission to share it widely. You can check it out on the list or here.


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The Collaborative is now on social media in a BIG way!

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To see all of our upcoming events, click here!