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Project Zero Classroom

7/17/17 to 7/21/17

Tuition: $3,150

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

What You Will Learn

Create classrooms, instructional materials and out-of-school learning environments that promote deep learning and understanding.

Program Overview

What constitutes an effective and powerful learning experience in the 21st century? As we examine the shifting terrain of education, it is essential to be responsive to complex social developments and to create learning experiences that are engaging and exciting for all learners. How do we best prepare young people for a future that is hard to imagine? How do we teach for the kind of deep understanding that requires learners to solve complex problems? How do we ensure that the work we do is ethical, excellent and engaging? How do we encourage students to fall in love with learning?

The Project Zero Classroom features various frameworks and tools that enable you to look at teaching analytically, develop new approaches to planning and make informed decisions about instruction. As a participant, you will explore ways to deepen student engagement; encourage learners to think critically and creatively; and make learning and thinking visible. In a Project Zero classroom, teachers are also learners who model intellectual curiosity and rigor, interdisciplinary and collaborative inquiry, and sensitivity to the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of learning.

Program Objectives

The program addresses fundamental educational questions, such as:

  • How can we best inspire and nurture creative thinking and problem solving in our students and ourselves?
  • What is understanding, and how does it develop?
  • What are the roles of reflection and assessment in student and teacher learning?
  • How can participants continue to share and pursue their understanding of Project Zero's ideas with others after the program?
Who Should Attend
  • PreK–12 educators and administrators, preschool teachers, teacher educators and museum educators
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in teams so that they can reflect together during and after the program. Individual participants are also welcome

Learning in this program takes place mainly through collaborative inquiry, small group activities and structured peer interactions. Therefore, fluency in English is essential for participation.

English Fluency Guidelines

English Fluency Requirement

Fluent knowledge of spoken and written English is essential for successful participation in Project Zero.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education requires all students whose native language is not English, or whose bachelor’s degree is not from a college or university where English is the language of instruction, to have scores of at least 100 TOEFL IBT (250 TOEFL CBT). Since the Project Zero experience requires an English proficiency level equivalent to the graduate level, we expect all participants to meet this standard.

Participants deemed to have insufficient English fluency to successfully participate in the program may not be awarded a certificate of completion or clock hour letter. We also reserve the right to limit your participation to language appropriate activities. Refunds will not be available in these cases.

English Fluency Guidelines

Faculty Chair

Daniel Wilson is the director of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, HGSE. He is a principal investigator at Project Zero, a lecturer at HGSE, faculty for the Doctorate for Educational Leadership Program at HGSE, and the educational chair at Harvard’s Learning Environments for Tomorrow Institute, a collaboration with HGSE and Harvard Graduate School of Design. His teaching and writing explore the inherent socio-psychological tensions — dilemmas of knowing, trusting, leading, and belonging — in adult collaborative learning across a variety of contexts. Specifically, he focuses on how groups navigate these tensions through language, routines, roles, and artifacts.


Enrollment Instructions

The Project Zero Classroom is an application-based program. We regret that we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. Since the Project Zero Classroom faculty wish to influence teaching and learning in a variety of contexts, the Admissions Committee will consider the following information during the admission process: learning goals, school type, whether the application is individual or team-based, country where you work, and your organization’s relationship to Project Zero. Early application is encouraged. 

Fees, Hotel Accommodations, and Policies

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.

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Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at or 1-800-545-1849.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

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