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Project Zero Offerings

PZ logoHarvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero (PZ) and Professional Education teams collaborate to offer both online and in-person opportunities to learn how to apply PZ's research to increase deep learning and thinking for all students.

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Project Zero Classroom In-Person Institute

The week-long Project Zero Classroom (PZC) 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.

The next offering of PZC will be in July 2022. For more information click here.

Project Zero Online Courses

The Project Zero Online (PZO) 13-week, coach-facilitated, asynchronous courses are research-based and grounded in day-to-day teaching and leadership practice — you can apply what you learn, as you learn. Educators can learn about and experience for themselves the many opportunities afforded through learning online and will try out the ideas explored in the courses in virtual or face-to-face classrooms.

During the 2020-2021 Harvard Academic Year, the Project Zero and Professional Education teams revised the PZO Professional Development Credit courses to reflect the most up to date research and online learning tools. In addition, the Professional Development Credit courses have been adapted to be available for HGSE Graduate Credit beginning in the fall of 2021.

→ PZO for Professional Development Credit is designed for teams of educators who will apply their learning with their PZO coach alongside their colleagues. Coaches facilitate team learning and support collaborative learning across teams. Individuals are welcome to register and will be placed on a virtual team, participating with 3-5 other educators who registered as individuals. Participants can expect to spend 2.5 hours/week for a total of 30 hours.

→ PZO for Graduate Credit is designed for individual participants who will apply their learning in their settings and within a cohort of up to 5 additional educators in the course. Coaches facilitate learning through direct feedback to individuals as well as to the cohort for collaborative learning opportunities. Through additional readings, assignments, and a more rigorous final project, HGSE Graduate Credit (2 credits) will be granted to those who complete all course requirements. Participants can expect to spend 4-5 hours per week for a total of 60 hours.

Whether registering with colleagues from a school or organization or as an individual who will participate on a team virtually with other individuals, educators participate in Project Zero Online for Professional Development Credit courses in teams of 3 to 6 members and, as a team, carry out collaborative learning activities and assignments. These activities and assignments are designed to help participants learn and practice using Project Zero approaches for tackling the challenges that educators regularly confront in their own contexts with their learners, whether they are working with learners in face-to-face or online contexts. In addition, teams participate in study groups with other teams from around the world to share questions, exchange ideas, and get feedback. A coach provides guidance and feedback for individual teams as well as for the study group as a whole. These integrated opportunities for engaging with your team, as well as with the larger group of educators on teams in your study group, facilitate inspiration and support, building an engaged online learning community of participants, coaches, and instructors.

PZO Courses are 13 weeks long and consist of 7 Sessions - 1 one-week Orientation Session and 6 two-week Sessions that cover course material. Teams meet synchronously every Session for 60-90 minutes (6 bi-weekly meetings in total), a requirement for participating in the course. The PZO courses do not include synchronous meetings with coaches or instructors in order to both provide flexibility for engaging with the session materials, discussions, and coach facilitation at times that work best for team members, and allow time to plan for and complete assignments focused on actively practicing with PZ ideas in the participant’s learning context. Team members can decide when to work on the course material within each Session as long as assignments are submitted on or before the due dates.

We encourage you to explore the Project Zero Online courses:

Creating Cultures of Thinking: Learning to Leverage the Eight Forces that Shape the Culture of Groups, Classrooms, and Schools (CCoT)
Learn how to leverage eight powerful cultural forces to transform classrooms, schools, and other organizations into “cultures of thinking,” communities in which a group’s collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted every day.

Making Learning Visible: The Power of Documentation to Support Individual and Group Learning (MLV)
Drawing on the collaborative research between Harvard’s Project Zero and educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this course offers educators the opportunity to learn how to create documentation that both “makes visible” what and how students learn, and provides useful data for reflecting on and improving teaching.

Teaching for Understanding: Educating for Depth, Flexibility and the Unknown (TfU)
Learn an approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment that aims not simply to relay information but instead helps students develop transferable knowledge and skills that they can apply in situations they have never encountered before--an approach to teaching that ensures that students’ learning is transformative and lasting.

Visible Thinking: Using Thinking Routines Effectively to Cultivate Dispositions and Support Learning (VT)
Learn a variety of thinking routines and how to use them effectively in classrooms and other learning contexts to support deeper learning and thinking for students and to cultivate powerful and lasting thinking dispositions.

Scholarship Opportunities

With generous support from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation and many individual donations honoring Project Zero’s (PZ) 50th anniversary in 2017, Project Zero is able to offer a limited number of professional learning scholarships to support a range of schools, districts, and organizations as well as a diverse group of educators to reduce the tuition cost of some of PZ’s programming. In particular, these scholarships aim to support teams of educators working in under-resourced contexts and/or with historically marginalized students.

Please note that scholarship funding is limited and not every individual or team meeting the above eligibility guidelines will receive a scholarship. Participants indicate their desire to apply for a PZ professional learning scholarship upon their application to either Project Zero Classroom or any of the Project Zero Online for Professional Development Credit courses. At this time, scholarships are not available for Project Zero Online for Graduate Credit courses. To be considered for the scholarship, participants must complete both the program registration and scholarship application forms.

Click here and navigate to the scholarships section to learn more about scholarship criteria and application processes for other Project Zero offerings. If you have questions about PZ scholarships, please email pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu. If you have questions about any of the Project Zero Offerings at Professional Education, click here to contact our team.

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities Offered by PZ

In addition to collaborating with PPE on the PZ Classroom and the 13-week online courses, Project Zero also organizes other professional learning opportunities, including in-person and online workshops, online micro practicums, and short conferences. For more information, click here.

To learn more about Project Zero’s 50 years of research into learning and teaching, click here.