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Steven Seidel

The Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Senior Lecturer on Arts and Education, Emeritus

Steven Seidel

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1995)
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Steve Seidel was the director of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Project Zero, he was principal investigator on projects that study the use of reflective practices in schools, the close examination of student work, and documentation of learning. This research currently included The Evidence Project, a study using student work as evidence of learning and teaching, and Making Learning Visible, a study of group learning and assessment in partnership with the Reggio Emilia early childhood schools in Italy. He recently completed Arts Survive, a study of the sustainability of arts education partnerships. His teaching and writing for the past decade have largely focused on arts education and the improvement of teaching and assessment across elementary and secondary settings. He also convenes a monthly discussion group on collaborative assessment for educators: ROUNDS at Project Zero. Before coming to the school, he taught high-school theater and language arts in the Boston area for 17 years.

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Areas of Expertise

Arts Survive: A Study of Sustainability in Arts Education Partnerships


"Stand and Unfold Yourself," in Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning, (1999).

"Designing a Portfolio System," in Innovations in Assessment in Irish Education, (1998).

"Learning from Looking," in With Portfolio in Hand: Validating the New Teacher Professionalism, (1998).

"Wondering to Be Done," in Assessing Student Learning: From Grading to Understanding, (1998).

Portfolio Practices: Thinking through the Assessment of Children's Work (with J. Walters, E. Kirby, N. Olff, K. Powell, and S. Veenema), (1997).

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