Themes

The Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School has developed broad networks of practitioners in the region who specialize in five specific themes. This section of the website highlights a number of the ways DC is distinguishing itself as a center for innovative teaching and learning. The five themes are:
* Arts Integration – methods for weaving the arts into the everyday life of a classroom, with meaning and intentionality
* Best Practices – pedagogical tools and frameworks with research underpinnings
* Cultures of Thinking – ways to deepen the capacity of students to think critically and creatively, inspired by the research of Ron Ritchhart of Project Zero
* Early Childhood – content specifically tailored to early childhood educators, in schools and early learning centers
* Global Competence – explorations into building content and dispositions that enable students to make sense of complex global issues, based on the research of Project Zero researcher Veronica Boix Mansilla

Dispatches from the Distance Learning Trenches

Spring semester 2020 forced all of us, very suddenly, onto the roller coaster ride that is living in a global pandemic. Schools across the country made the effort to pivot […]

CAC Named in Learning Across America Forerunner’s Report

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the internationally renowned organization HundrED, in partnership with Remake Learning and The Grable Foundation, published the Learning Across America Forerunners Report, detailing system-wide, impactful and […]

06/18/2020
Anti-Racism Resources for Educators

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis and the ensuing peaceful protests that have taken place around the country and world, educators […]

04/08/2019
DCPZ In Action, Vol. III: Emily Muha

“DCPZ In Action” is our feature that highlights the many ways in which DCPZ educators are using Project Zero ideas in their practice. We hope that our readers will be […]

02/04/2019
DCPZ In Action, Vol. II: Making Across the Curriculum

“DCPZ In Action” is a new feature that will highlight, from time to time, the many ways in which DCPZ educators are using Project Zero ideas in their practice. We […]

11/27/2018
DCPZ In Action, Vol. I: Marci Jones and Emily Veres

“DCPZ In Action” is a new feature that will highlight, from time to time, the many ways in which DCPZ educators are using Project Zero ideas in their practice. We […]

08/21/2018
WISSIT 2018 Video

Thank you to everyone who made WISSIT 2018 the best WISSIT yet! And a special thank you to Kristen Kullberg for making this beautiful video!

04/16/2018
WISSIT Reflection: Teacher Christmas in July

By: Sher Anderson, teacher at Springbrook High School in Montgomery County, MD In 2017, after  22 years teaching, thousands of hours honing my craft, countless trainings to grow as a […]

03/02/2018
Building A School Community with Project Zero

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers is the principal of Van Ness Elementary School in Southeast DC and a member of The Collaborative’s Advisory Council. Her school was recently awarded the Standing Ovation Award […]

10/20/2017
Profile of Two Early Childhood Classrooms in DC

The end of the 2016-17 school year marked the completion of the second phase of the Children Are Citizens (CAC) project. Supported by a grant from Fight For Children and […]