Latest News from the Collaborative

By: Abby Krolik

Read from our latest newsletter about everything PDC has been up to!

 About twice a month, the Professional Development Collaborative sends out a newsletter to its 2000+ subscribers to let them know about the projects we are working on; the relevant meetings or conferences at which we are presenting or that we are attending; and, of course, descriptions and reminders for all of the wonderful DC-PZ events that are coming up soon. This includes information about WISSIT–our annual summer  institute for educators. In addition to being emailed to all of our subscribers, each newsletter will also be posted here, on our website. If you would like access to previous newsletters, you can click on the link to our Mailchimp archive. While you’re there, you can also sign up for our mailing list!


DCPZ Museum Workshop Recap:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

In March 2020, the first event we had to cancel/postpone/re-imagine when everything shut down for the pandemic was a DCPZ workshop, to be jointly led by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and National Portrait Gallery. It seems fitting, then, that our March 2021 DCPZ workshop–a year later, almost to the date!–was with SAAM. Elizabeth Dale-Deines, the Manager of School and Teacher Programs, facilitated a conversation on the impact and use of graphic design in social and labor movements, inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now. Using practices from the DC-based Project Zero initiatives Making Across the Curriculum (MAC) and JusticexDesign (JxD), such as take-aparts and explorations of power and systems, as well as the PZ Thinking Routine, Peel the Fruit (here in Spanish), we explored the elements of graphic design and the their impact on systems of power in our society.

Thank you to everyone who came, and especially to Elizabeth Dale-Deines for facilitating such a rich conversation!

DCPZ In Action, Vol. V:
Anne Leflot and Gerald D. Smith, Jr.

Anne Leflot, a French teacher at the Washington International School, and Gerald D. Smith, Jr,. Principal of St. Thomas More Catholic Academy, joined forces this school year to build an ambitious project that would not only connect students to their own neighborhoods and to each other–reaching across from opposite corners of the city–but also with peers in another country. You can read all about their JusticexDesign-inspired virtual exchange in their blog post HERE.

Maker-Centered Learning Conference
Coming Soon!

Speaking of the MAC and JxD initiatives, we will showcase teacher and student work at our “Making Change Through Maker-Centered Learning” virtual conference on May 15-16. 

Educators from across DC who have been involved in either or both initiatives will be presenting workshops and talks during the two days. Morning plenary session talks will feature Project Zero researchers Edward Clapp and Sarah Sheya. 

Description, schedule and registration link can be found HERE. Cost is $200 per person, with a discount of $50 per person for schools sending teams of three or more attendees.

On Friday afternoon, May 14, there will be an exhibition of teacher and student learning from these initiatives, free and open to the public as part of the Remake Learning-DMV Festival. You can RSVP for the exhibition HERE

Not to be outdone by Major League Baseball, the PD Collaborative recently announced the line-up for its spring online workshop series, to commence on Thursday, April 15, from 4:00-5:15pm EDT. The first workshop will be our first all-Spanish language offering and will feature Angélica Guerrero from the WIS Middle School Spanish Department. Other presenters in the series will be Elise Heil, Principal of Sacred Heart School; Vaija Wagle, Education Coordinator for WISSIT; and Mary Hall Surface, a renowned playwright/director. 

You can find out more about all four workshops (and register) HERE

April 15 Workshop:

“Amplifying Student Voice in the Language Acquisition Classroom” /
“Elevando la voz de los estudiantes en el aula de idiomas” 
Led by Angélica Guerrero, Washington International School

*Please note: this workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

How can close looking and Project Zero practices motivate students to build their language skills? In this workshop, we will explore how the combination of art, making, and thinking routines can support students in their language acquisition, as well as help them explore complex topics and find their voice to express their perspectives. We will engage in close looking and making, as well as reflect on the opportunities this approach opens for examining themes of cultural representation and identity in art. By the end, we will establish connections to our practice and consider next steps for our learners.

En español:

¿Cómo pueden las prácticas de observación profunda y del Proyecto Cero motivar a los estudiantes a desarrollar sus habilidades lingüísticas? En este taller, exploraremos cómo la combinación de arte, creación y rutinas de pensamiento pueden ser vehículo para la adquisición del lenguaje, apoyando a los estudiantes en la exploración de temas complejos y conduciéndolos a encontrar su voz para expresar sus perspectivas. Comenzaremos observando profundamente y respondiendo a una pieza de arte. Luego continuaremos con una reflexión sobre las oportunidades que abre este enfoque para examinar los temas de la representación cultural y la identidad en el arte. Finalmente, estableceremos conexiones con nuestra práctica y consideraremos los  próximos pasos para nuestros alumnos.

Please feel free to share this announcement with Spanish-speaking friends and colleagues!

Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival
Opening Soon!

The PD Collaborative and KID Museum, along with Remake Learning Days Across America, will present the inaugural Remake Learning Days-DMV Festival, May 8-22! 

Shake things up this spring with activities you and your kids will love digging into! This two-week festival offers more than 20 workshops, activities, and sessions in which children of all ages can play, make, code, design and tinker to their hearts’ content! Events are a mix of virtual, in-person/hybrid, and asynchronous, and either free or low-cost. Check out our webpage HERE to find all of the exciting events happening in the DMV!

Anti-Racism Resources for Educators:

Did you miss our June 2020 response to the protests and uprisings around the country in response to police brutality and killings? You can find it again on our website as a blogpost here.

Included in the list of resources is a useful webpage put together by our own DCPZ’er Kerri Redding. Kerri developed this page for Upper School students at Washington International School and asked her permission to share it widely. You can check it out on the list or here.


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