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

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 […]

PZ Celebrates 50 Years!

Project Zero in 2017 celebrates its “golden” anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the world-renowned research group convened an austere group of current and former PZ researchers, educators from around the […]

04/05/2017
WIS & NGA Host PZ Perspectives Conference

In October 2016, Washington International School and the National Gallery of Art co-hosted the Project Zero Perspectives conference. This was the second time WIS and the NGA has welcomed Project […]

04/03/2017
Children Are Citizens Family Day at the NGA

What special event could attract over 600 people, including 171 authors between the ages of 3-6, to the National Gallery of Art on a Saturday morning? Nothing other than the […]

03/31/2017
Sharing with Peers

(This blog post comes from Carole Geneix, Director of Teaching and Learning at Washington International School’s Tregaron campus. Carole writes a weekly blog called Tregaron Educators, which documents teaching and […]

What Makes a Good Curriculum?

(This blog post comes from Carole Geneix, Director of Teaching and Learning at Washington International School’s Tregaron campus. Carole writes a weekly blog called Tregaron Educators, which documents teaching and […]

Multiple Intelligences

(This blog post comes from Carole Geneix, Director of Teaching and Learning at Washington International School’s Tregaron campus. Carole writes a weekly blog called Tregaron Educators, which documents teaching and […]

Calder-Inspired Mobile Project

(This blog post comes from Kristen Kullberg, aka “Ms. K,” the arts integration coach and a middle school language arts teacher at Sacred Heart School in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood […]

Global Studies in DCPS

(This blog post comes from Julian Hipkins, Global Studies Coordinator at Theodore Roosevelt High School (DCPS). Julian has taught English in Japan and History at Capital City Public Charter School […]

Making Thinking Visible

Thinking Routines are “simple procedures, usually consisting of only a few steps, [and] provide a framework for focusing attention on specific thinking moves that can help to build understanding.” — […]