WISSIT 2022: August 1-5

Registration is NOW OPEN!
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How do we create powerful, long-lasting learning experiences for our students?
How do we explore complex topics in ways that engage all learners?
And how do we raise up student voices and foster civic agency?

These questions and more will be front and center at the ninth annual Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT). For the first time ever, we will offer concurrent but separate in-person and virtual versions.

This intense–and fun!–week of professional learning introduces educators to effective strategies for cultivating deep thinking and understanding at all grade levels and across subject areas.

WISSIT is open to participants in the Washington, DC, region and beyond. While we will reserve a majority of spaces for local educators, we welcome those from around the country and world. For anyone attending the in-person WISSIT from outside the DC region, you will be responsible for arranging your own travel and accommodation. (We will provide some guidance on the registration page.)



What You’ll Learn

At WISSIT, educators explore the research coming out of Harvard Project Zero (PZ)–an innovative leader in the domains of teaching and learning for over 50 years. Each year, we learn with and from PZ researchers and a diverse faculty of outstanding educators from the Washington, DC, region.

WISSIT introduces PZ ideas and pedagogical tools and strategies and encourages ways to adapt them to participants’ own context.

The institute explores three key themes: 

(1) Building a Culture of Thinking: How do we develop dispositions that lead to thoughtful learning across school subjects, and beyond? How do we effectively create a culture of thinking, in classrooms and schools, that supports all learners?

(2) 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 that exist in our community?

(3) Encouraging Playful Learning, Creativity & a “Maker” Mindset: In response to the challenging two years we have just experienced, how can play, creativity and making re-ignite joy in learning? How do they help us to be attuned to nuance?

In 2021, our keynote speakers at the morning plenary sessions were Ron Ritchhart, whose work on creating cultures of thinking has resonated with educators worldwide; Carrie James and Shari Tishman, who co-lead PZ’s Arts as Civic Commons initiative, which explores the power of art to provoke civic inquiry; and local educators from the Making Across the Curriculum and JusticexDesign projects, who shared the ways they have used making and systems thinking to foster agency in young people. 

Stay tuned to see who our keynote speakers will be in 2022!

The WISSIT/DCPZ Community

This institute brings together 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. We invite participants to reflect deeply on ways to design and facilitate enriching learning opportunities for their students.

Support for WISSIT participants continues throughout the following school year through the DC-Project Zero (DCPZ) professional development network.

How To Register

Registration for WISSIT usually opens sometime in January or February. Each year, WISSIT has a waiting list. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Bear in mind that registration does not guarantee a spot in the institute. Registrants hear back within approximately two weeks of registering about their status. Once a spot is approved, you have 30 days to pay the registration fee, by either check or credit card.

Please note that this year we are offering two concurrent but separate tracks of WISSIT the week of August 1-5: one scaled-back in-person version to be held at WIS’s Tregaron campus in the Cleveland Park neighborhood, and one virtual version to be held on Zoom. 

Click HERE to Register for WISSIT 2022!

Fees & Scholarships (for WISSIT 2022):
  • In-Person Registration:
    • Regular individual participant: $1,000
    • Team discount for schools/organizations sending three or more participants: $100 off per participant
  • Virtual Registration:
    • Regular individual participant: $600
    • Team discount for schools/organizations sending three or more participants: $100 off per participant
  • Educators in Title I (or equivalent) schools, or those in an accredited teacher licensure program:  50% off the regular registration fee (application can be found HERE.)
  • The Mara E. Wilson Scholarship: This scholarship is for a local visual arts teacher. Teachers in Title I or equivalent settings will be given priority. Please click HERE for the application form.

The Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) handles registration, payments, course schedules, and logistics for WISSIT.