WISSIT 2020 Dates Announced

The seventh Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT): Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas will take place from August 3-7, 2020. This annual high-quality professional development opportunity is open to educators in the DC area. Participants come from traditional public, public charter, parochial, and independent schools, as well as  educational organizations such as museums and community-based early childhood centers.

The week-long intensive institute focuses on practical application of research from Project Zero, an innovative leader in the domains of teaching and learning for over 50 years.


WISSIT faculty will feature renowned Project Zero researchers as well as leading educators from the DC area. The institute invites participants to reflect deeply on ways to design and facilitate enriching learning opportunities for their students. On Wednesday, August 5, we will spend the entire day at world-class museums on or near the National Mall and explore opportunities 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 develop and 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 will be introduced to 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.

Registration will open in early January. In past two years, the institute has filled up by the spring.