The sixth Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT): Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas will take place from July 29 – August 2, 2019. This annual high-quality professional development opportunity is open to educators in traditional public, public charter, parochial and independent schools, as well as in museums and other educational organizations in the DC area.

Project Zero, a research group at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, has been an innovative leader in the domains of teaching and learning for 50 years.

WISSIT faculty will feature renowned a selection of Project Zero researchers as well as leading educators from the Washington area. The institute invites participants to reflect deeply on ways to design and facilitate enriching learning opportunities for their students. On Wednesday, July 31, we will spend the day at world-class museums in DC and explore ways to leverage museum collections for meaningful learning. The institute experience includes both large and small group sessions addressing the following strands:

Building a Culture of Thinking: How do we help learners develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects? How do we effectively create a culture of thinking, in classrooms and school-wide?

Educating for Global Competence: How do learners demonstrate global competence? How do educators ensure that learners in their charge explore complex issues of global significance through multiple perspectives?

Encouraging Creativity and “Maker Thinking” in Children: What can we learn from the practices of educators in the arts and in the maker movement? How might we encourage creativity, play and DIY habits of mind that are relevant to all disciplines?

Given the impact Project Zero conferences and institutes have had on educators around the globe, we expect this week of learning to be a transformative professional development experience. Throughout the five days at WISSIT, participants are introduced and have the opportunity to try out ideas, tools and frameworks developed at Project Zero. The learning continues into the academic year, as participants gather for workshops and share classroom experiences in person or through online forums.

The registration fee is $800 for an individual participant, or $650 per person for a school/organization that sends three or more participants. We encourage schools to send an administrator with a team of teachers, as this model has been highly effective for schools aiming to deepen teaching and learning practices across a building.

Registration will open in January. 

To find out more, visit the WISSIT page on the Washington International School website or contact Jim Reese, WISSIT Director, at