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!


“Deeper Learning” Online Workshop Series Continues 
in Jan.

The PD Collaborative’s successful online workshop series titled Deeper Learning in a Distance Learning World will return for a second iteration from January-March 2021. Five workshops will be held every other Thursday afternoon from 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST, starting January 21. Nathalie Ryan, an educator at the National Gallery of Art, will be our featured presenter on the 21st with a session titled “Mindfulness Meditation for Building Stress Resilience and Social-Emotional Awareness.”

These workshops not only model effective practices in an online platform (in this case, Zoom), but they also take inspiration from pedagogical frameworks and tools developed at Project Zero. 

Other presenters in the series will include Georgina Ardalan, a PreK-3 teacher at J.O. Wilson Elementary School (DCPS) on February 4; Gerald Smith Jr., principal of St. Thomas More Catholic Academy, on February 18; Agnes Gómez, a dual language teacher at Sacred Heart School of DC, on March 4; and Kara Kling, a middle school social studies teacher at Maret School, on March 18. All five workshop leaders are long-time faculty members of our annual summer institute, WISSIT.

You can find out more about each workshop/presenter and register HERE. Each session costs $40. Based on our experience in the fall, we expect the workshops to fill rather quickly. We will cap registration at 22 participants. 


DCPZ Museum Workshop
Line-up for 2021

With the new year approaching, we have lined up a whole new set of museum-oriented workshops to keep us inspired and excited about all the ways museums and their collections can help our students become critical thinkers.

January 30 (Saturday): National Museum of African American History & Culture
10:00-11:30am EST
This workshop will be capped at 30 participants.

“Teaching About Freedom”
Join educator Candra Flanagan of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in exploring conceptions of freedom. Using Project Zero Thinking Routines and protocols, Candra will engage participants with artifacts from the museum’s collection and other historical documents that connect to the theme of what constitutes human freedom. The workshop will also give us an opportunity to consider contemporary issues related to this theme and ways to teach them effectively.

Register HERE!


Feb. 3: National Portrait Gallery
4:00-5:15pm EST

“The Democratization of Portraiture”
Who gets to tell the stories of our nation’s history?  Whose portraits are created and displayed and who has been erased? In this professional development workshop, participants will explore how works on paper differed from traditional oil paintings in terms of representing people from all walks of life. Looking at portraiture from historical moments, teachers will engage in close looking to analyze the artist’s choice of medium, intended audience, and representation. We’ll close by discussing strategies for helping learners use their visual analytical skills to make connections between contemporary and historical events.


Feb. 24: Planet Word Museum
4:00-5:15pm EST

“Explore Perspective and Personal Narrative with Planet Word”
Together, we will virtually visit the Words Matter gallery at the newly-opened Planet Word Museum. Watch recorded testimonials and use Project Zero Thinking Routines to consider the power words have when we describe ourselves and others. In this workshop we will use personal reflection and small group discussion to practice analyzing the stories we tell about ourselves and others.


March 17: Smithsonian American Art Museum
4:00-5:15pm EST

“A Call to Action: Chicano Graphics”
Using Project Zero’s JusticexDesign framework, we will explore the ways in which Chicanx printmakers have used satire, portraiture, appropriation and other strategies to shape perceptions of identity, spur political activism, and challenge historical narratives. Teaching poster sets available. This workshop is intended for all teachers. 


April 13: National Gallery of Art
4:00-5:15pm EST

“Connecting to Art through Slow Looking and Virtual Teaching Tools with the National Gallery of Art”
Join National Gallery of Art Educators for a professional development session on how to integrate art, slow looking, and thinking routines into your virtual classroom.  We will focus together on the photography of Gordon Parks and consider connections to social studies and language arts curricula. Then, we will unpack and reflect on the pedagogies and virtual teaching tools used, making this a ready-to-use and easy-to-apply lesson. All resources used in the workshop will be made available to workshop registrants after the session.

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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