Washington International School established the Professional Development Collaborative in August 2016, under the direction of Jim Reese.
Jim Reese | DirectorJim joined WIS in 2008 as Director of Studies at the Cleveland Park campus. An experienced English teacher, Jim has taught locally in public schools and abroad in international schools. He regularly lectures in or teaches courses at George Washington University, where he earned his Master in Education and Doctor of Education degrees. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Davidson College. On the faculty of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute from 2001-2016, Jim served as Education Coordinator from 2006-2016; has taught and coached in Project Zero online courses; and was the Education Chair of the Project Zero Perspectives off-site conferences from their inception in 2010 until 2017.
Abby Krolik | Executive Assistant to the DirectorAbby joined the Professional Development Collaborative in 2018. She supports and coordinates communication about our various initiatives, including the planning and execution of WISSIT. With extensive experience in museum education, Abby learned about Project Zero practices during her graduate program at George Washington University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Museum Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Vassar College. Prior to coming to WIS, Abby worked with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and the National Park Foundation.
An Advisory Council for the PD Collaborative meets two times per year to advise on the direction of the organization and to deepen connections with educational groups across the region.The ten members (listed below) of the Advisory Council all have shown strong interest in ensuring the success of the PD Collaborative and have been deeply involved in working with our established initiatives or with Washington International School.
Maquita Alexander, Executive Director, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero
Jefferson Burnett, Senior Vice President for Education Innovation, National Association of Independent Schools
Laura Engel, Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, George Washington University
Richard Hall, Former WIS Head of School
Heidi Hinish, Head of Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art
Julian Hipkins, Global Studies Coordinator, Roosevelt High School (DCPS)
Suzanna Jemsby, Head of School, Washington International School
Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Head of School, Van Ness Elementary School (DCPS)
Tom Tinsley, Co-Chair of the DC-region’s Teach for America Board of Directors