Project Zero Perspectives: Leading, Learning, and Thinking
Project Zero hosted this conference from March 5-6, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia, titled “Project Zero Perspectives: Leading, Learning, and Thinking.” Attendees explored tools, strategies, and frameworks developed at PZ and participated in both large and small group sessions on topics like making learning and thinking visible; civics, morals, and ethics in the digital age; and pedagogy that fosters a culture of learning that matters.
Project Zero Perspectives: Global Connections in the Digital Age
This two-day conference took place in Sydney, Australia, from March 13-14, 2016. Featuring keynote addresses by prominent Project Zero researchers who have been exploring questions about education in the digital era, the sessions discussed practical and relevant ways to help young people make important connections—to curriculum, to the world beyond the classroom walls, to their peers, and to their mentors.
Project Zero Perspectives: Think, Create, Innovate
May 8-10, 2015
Atlanta International School | High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
With an over-arching theme of Think-Create-Innovate, the Atlanta conference will invite educators to reflect deeply on ways to build and sustain engaging, enriching and rigorous learning opportunities; to encourage problem-finding and problem-solving; and to develop the disposition to act to make the world a better place. Click above to visit the CASIE website to find out more and to register.
March 8-10, 2013
Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA
Youth today are growing up with both new opportunities and new pressures. Market forces and commodification pervade all realms of life. Fierce competition marks both the college admissions process and the fields of work young people aim to enter. Digital media allow constant connectivity with others, exposure to diverse perspectives, and powerful tools for engagement in the world – media that can be used for the good, but also that can perpetrate harms.
Pressing questions arise for us as educators and parents: How do we raise balanced, responsible, and caring youth in this opportunity-rich yet challenging context? How are young people responding to the changing world in school, at home, in social environments? Are youth more socially aware and less prejudiced than ever before, or are they more narcissistic, egocentric, and self-serving? Are there important differences, in attitudes and behaviors, across social class, gender, race, national background, and other factors? How do we equip young people to recognize and confront ethical dilemmas, and to respond with integrity? How do we help them develop a sense of purpose for themselves, yet also care about the wider world? Overall, how do we best prepare them to be caring people, ethical workers, and engaged citizens today and in the future?
Featured speakers included: Danielle Allen, Ron Berger, William Damon, Howard Gardner, Eric Liu, John Palfrey, Kiran Sethi, Rick Weissbourd, Damian Woetzel, and researchers from the Good Work, Good Play, and Good Participation Projects at Project Zero.
Held in collaboration between Project Zero and the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), this two-and-a-half day conference featured plenary sessions, mini-courses, and other interactive formats through which participants will explore these and other pressing questions. Videos from the conference may be seen on our Video/Audio Media page here.
Project Zero: Thinking and Learning in the 21st Century
October 4-6, 2013
The American School in London, UK
Education in the 21st century is shifting in dramatic ways. With the rapid expansion of online learning opportunities, for example, education policymakers are being forced to rethink the role of traditional schooling. Furthermore, we know young people are thinking and learning with tools never dreamed of fifty years ago.
How we as educators respond to these changes will have a significant impact on the shaping of minds in this new century.
At Project Zero, we continue to expand our understanding of what thinking and learning look like and under what conditions they flourish.
Project Zero has been a leader in the study of thinking and learning for nearly 50 years, developing tools and frameworks that fully engage learners – including teachers – and encourage them to think deeply about the topics they study.
This Project Zero Perspectives conference featured plenary sessions with renowned writers and thinkers Howard Gardner and David Perkins. Project Zero researchers Veronica Boix Mansilla, Lois Hetland, Carrie James and Ron Ritchhart also gave major talks. Interactive courses were led by researchers and educators who have been putting Project Zero ideas into practice in schools and other learning settings around the world.
Held in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) and the American School in London, this Project Zero conference highlighted the following research strands:
• Building a Culture of Thinking: How do we help learners develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects? Why is it important to make thinking visible?
• 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?
• Ethics in a Digital Age: How are the meanings of local and global citizenship shifting in the 21st century? How do young people conceptualize their participation in virtual worlds and the ethical considerations that guide their conduct?
• Learning in and through the Arts: What can we learn from the practices of teachers in the arts? How do the arts encourage creativity and certain habits of mind that are necessary in all disciplines?