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 […]

DC-PZ In Action, Vol. III: Emily Muha

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

02/04/2019
DC-PZ In Action, Vol. II: Making Across the Curriculum

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

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

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

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 […]

10/16/2017
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 […]