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Professional Education

Project Zero Offerings

In collaboration with Project Zero (PZ), the Harvard Graduate School of Education is offering opportunities to engage with the ideas of PZ both in-person and online throughout the year. Click here to learn more about scholarship opportunities for PZ online courses and the on-campus institute.

Online Courses

These 13-week, coach-facilitated, asynchronous online courses are research-based and grounded in day-to-day teaching and leadership practice — you can apply what you learn, as you learn. Educators form teams of 3 to 6 to participate. You will work with peers facing similar challenges and take away real-world solutions, inspiration, and the support of an engaged community. Each course promotes active, team-based learning that supports collaboration and sharing in schools and districts.  Each has its own focus area but they also work well together.

Upcoming Term: February 24 — May 24, 2020PZ logo

Which course is right for your team? Click here for an overview and comparison of all Project Zero Online courses.

On-campus Institute

The week-long Project Zero Classroom features research-based tools and frameworks that enable you to reflect on your teaching and develop approaches to instruction and assessment that deepen learning and understanding for all of your students.  As a participant, you will explore ways to enhance student engagement, encourage learners to think critically and creatively, and make learning and thinking visible. Through a combination of presentations, interactive workshops, and small learning groups, you will have the opportunity to explore ideas and practices with PZ researchers, educators experienced in applying PZ ideas in their contexts, and fellow participants from around the world.

Upcoming Term: July 20 — 24, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship applications are now closed. The next offerings' information will be provided when it becomes available for both Project Zero Online Courses, and the Project Zero ClassroomClick here to learn more.  

Faculty Chair

Daniel Wilson is lecturer on education and director of Project Zero at 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.

Project Zero Online History

PZ-HGSE Online Courses are informed by the work of the WIDE World Online Course Project that operated from 1999 – 2012. Through its history the WIDE World project was fortunate to have had the support of many individuals and organizations. Mr. Albert Merck, a 1943 Harvard College graduate, and his wife, Kate, were foundational supporters and continued their generous philanthropy throughout the entire 13-year project. In 2012 the WIDE World project integrated into Programs in Professional Education (PPE). Mr. Merck’s legacy continues with the development of new courses based on Project Zero research using and expanding on the online learning model that was developed by WIDE World.