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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]