Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, we will not be holding a face-to-face WISSIT this summer. Instead, please join us for…

Virtual WISSIT!

Same dates! Same outstanding presenters! A few new special touches!


Virtual WISSIT 2020 is now full. Anyone registering after May 28 will be placed on a waiting list. 

The seventh annual Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT): Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas will take place from Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 2020Note that Virtual WISSIT 2020 will be completely online.

Over the course of this intense week of professional learning, Virtual WISSIT participants will engage with research coming out of Harvard Project Zero (PZ)–an innovative leader in the domains of teaching and learning for over 50 years–and learn with and from PZ researchers and a diverse group of outstanding local educators.

The focus of Virtual WISSIT is to engage with PZ ideas and pedagogical tools and strategies and to examine ways to adapt them to participants’ own context. This year, there will be an extra emphasis on using PZ tools in a distance learning setting.

The institute will explore three key themes: 

(1) 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?

(2) 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?

(3) Learning Deeply with Museum Resources: What can we–educators and students–learn from objects, artworks and archival materials to deepen our understanding of, and engagement with, the curriculum? How can we leverage the unique museum resources we have here in Washington, DC?


This year’s featured speakers will be Project Zero researchers Ron Ritchhart, Edward Clapp and Sarah Sheya.

WISSIT brings together DC-area educators from a variety of schools—traditional public, public charter, independent, parochial—as well as other educational organizations, such as community-based early learning centers and museums. The institute invites participants to reflect deeply on ways to design and facilitate enriching learning opportunities for their students.


Please note…
  • We will be using Zoom as our online platform. Plenary session talks and interactive courses will be recorded and made available to participants in a password-protected site. Learning group sessions will not be recorded. Full participation in learning groups is required.
  • If you cannot participate in all live sessions or view the recorded sessions during the week, we ask that you forgo registering and try to attend at another time. Full participation is integral to the community learning experience.
  • Fluency in English is required in order for participants to fully benefit from the institute. Native Spanish speakers can indicate if they would like to be placed in a Spanish learning group. Forming such a group depends on sufficient enrollment and interest.
  • Support throughout the following school year will be provided through the DC-Project Zero professional development network.
  • All participants will have access to the recorded plenary session talks and all interactive courses for six months after WISSIT ends.
  • If you have attended WISSIT before, click here in order to determine whether returning will be a good option for you.

The fee this year will be $450 per individual. Schools/Organizations sending teams of 3 or more educators qualify for a discounted registration rate of $375 per person.

A limited number of scholarships equaling 50 percent off the regular registration fee are on offer to educators in Title I settings and to those pursuing teacher licensure full-time.
Contact Jim Reese, WISSIT Director, by email if you are interested in applying (jim.reese@wis.edu).