Call for Proposals

Project Zero, a world-renowned educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is delighted to invite educators to submit proposals for interactive workshops and become part of the teaching faculty at the upcoming April 5-6, 2019 Project Zero conference, Artful Thinking & Learning: Creative inquiry across the disciplines.  Since 2010, these conferences have created high-quality and affordable professional development opportunities for educators in locations around the globe.


The conference, organized in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), will be hosted by the Atlanta International School and The High Museum of Art. It will feature a teaching faculty consisting of researchers from Project Zero and approximately 40-50 selected educators who will offer interactive workshops that illustrate Project Zero ideas in practice.  These workshops are small group settings in which participants are invited into hands-on experiences to learn from and with the faculty.  Workshops feature and explore tools, strategies, practices and frameworks that illustrate to Project Zero research in action.


With its over-arching theme of Artful Thinking & Learning, this conference will invite participating pre k-12 educators to reflect deeply on the nature of and need for deep thinking and learning in today’s interdisciplinary world. We invite you to submit a proposal for an interactive workshop focused on one or more of the conference strands:

  • Artful Thinking & Studio Thinking:  The arts offer unique opportunities to develop habits of mind that have positive impacts on student learning across the curriculum.  How can the arts strengthen student thinking and learning? How do teachers use the arts as an opportunity for developing students’ thinking dispositions?  What are core intellectual behaviors grounded in the arts that can be extended to classes across the curriculum? 


  • Arts & Civic Participation:  How do arts experiences help learners develop skills for local and global civic participation such as voicing ideas, understanding perspectives, telling stories, giving critical feedback, and taking action on issues that matter most to them? How do the arts offer opportunities for learners to develop dispositions necessary for democratic and globally connected societies?  


  • Agency by Design: How do designing, tinkering, hacking and making support student thinking and learning? How can we develop students’ disposition to look closely and the explore complexity around them?   In what ways do maker pedagogies go beyond engagement and develop student empowerment and agency?   


  • Collaboration & Participatory Creativity:  How do teachers and students come together to co-create and innovate?  What insights can be gained from artful co-creation? How do schools support more distributed and participatory forms of creativity with learners? 


Please note the following characteristics and expectations of interactive workshops and the faculty who lead them:


Workshop Content and Format

  • Workshops must be interactive, with multiple opportunities (in small groups and/or individually) for participants to discuss experiences, practice using tools, reflect on questions, make or create objects, get feedback, etc.  These are NOT lectures or paper presentations.

  • Workshops should directly connect to one or more of the conference strands and explicitly illustrate how Project Zero research, tools, frameworks have been put into practice.  Workshop leaders are expected to share their process and experiences of translating Project Zero ideas into their cultural context and the impact that these ideas have had their own teaching practice.

  • Courses that appear to serve mainly as a promotion of a school or educational program will not be accepted.


Workshop Logistics

  • Each workshop is 2 hours long.

  • Facilitators should be willing to offer it once or twice, depending on the conference needs.

  • Most workshops will have a maximum number of 15-20 participants.  Instructors should prepare materials for up to 20 participants per workshop.


Workshops Facilitators

  • Special priority will be given to workshops proposed by local or regional educators.

  • Each workshop can be led by up to two facilitators, who will receive complimentary conference registration. There is no other compensation for workshop faculty.

  • Workshop facilitators are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs.


Our call for interactive workshop proposals is now closed.


If you have already submitted an application, please know that the conference organizers will send out notifications about the status of proposals by late November.


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Atlanta, GA 30345 

United States of America

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