DC-Project Zero (DC-PZ) is a network of educators in the DC region who are using Project Zero ideas in practice. Begun in 2012 at the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, DC-PZ has held free professional development events for educators throughout the school year ever since. We have grown from a core group of 40 educators who attended that 2012 summer institute to over 1800 in 2018. For more information and to be placed on our mailing list, contact Abby Krolik, Executive Assistant for the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, at abby.krolik@wis.edu.

We tend to organize between 6-10 events per year on a wide variety of topics. For example, we’ve explored “slow looking” and artful thinking at the National Gallery of Art and at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and National Museum of African Art. We’ve thought deeply about and examined examples of documentation of learning at Sidwell Friends School and School Within School at Goding (DCPS). We’ve considered the many facets of creating a culture of thinking at Sacred Heart School and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School. And at Washington International School we’ve heard from a Reggio Emilia educator about renowned early childhood practices, and have engaged in a design challenge led by a Project Zero researcher.

Project Zero is a research group based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Founded in 1967 by Harvard professor Nelson Goodman, Project Zero has distinguished itself in a number of realms of human cognition: from a strong research agenda in the arts from its early days to investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural thinking, global competence, and ethics.