With the theme Making-Innovating-Learning we will explore the attributes of effective learning environments, with a special focus on creativity, the arts, and the maker movement.
The two-day conference will offer both large and small group settings in which to explore pedagogical tools, strategies, and frameworks developed at Project Zero, each addressing one or more of the following strands:
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?
Making Learning and Thinking Visible: How can visible representations of thinking be used as a force for student learning? How do we document and assess student and teacher learning in order to further our own learning? How do we help learners develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects?
Teaching for Understanding: What is important to learn today that will prepare us for an unknown future? How do we focus instruction on deep understanding of the topics we teach? What is understanding, and how does it develop?
The Pittsburgh region has developed renown as a center for the maker movement. A preconference day on Thursday, May 11, will feature a deep dive into various maker ideas.
Quaker Valley School District has become the leader in the Pittsburgh area in implementing Project Zero practices across the preschool-high school continuum, and has for two years convened Project Zero-themed professional development workshops for local educators.
Project Zero leaders such as Edward Clapp, David Perkins, Ron Ritchhart and Shari Tishman will be featured speakers throughout the weekend. Interactive courses, focusing on putting theory into practice, will be led by Project Zero researchers and practitioners.
The conference registration fee includes breakfast on both days, lunch on Friday, and a reception and book signing on Friday evening.
Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.
Conference fee: $725