Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers

Location: Tregaron Campus: 3100 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20008

July 31, 2017 – May 4, 2017

Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas. This 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.


The fourth annual Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT): Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas will take place from July 31 – August 4, 2017. 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 Project Zero researchers Veronica Boix Mansilla, Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell and Ron Ritchhart, as well as leading educators from the Washington area. The institute will invite participants to reflect deeply on ways to design and facilitate enriching, rigorous learning opportunities for their students. On Wednesday, August 2, we will spend the day at local museums and explore ways to leverage museum collections for meaningful learning. The institute experience will include 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?

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 explore ideas, tools and frameworks developed at Project Zero. The learning will continue into the academic year, as participants gather for workshops and share classroom experiences in person or through online forums.

The registration fee for the institute is $800; schools that send three or more participants receive $150 off the registration fee for each participant. Scholarships are available for educators in Title I schools or community- based centers serving underserved populations, and for students preparing to become teachers.

To find out more, visit wis.edu/wissit or contact Jim Reese, WISSIT Director, at mailto:reesej@wis.edu Registration ends on May 15.