Call for Workshop Facilitator Proposals

Project Zero, an 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 2-3 May 2020 Project Zero conference, Education that Matters. Since 2010, these conferences have created high-quality professional development opportunities for educators in locations around the globe.


The conference is produced in association with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) and will be hosted at St Leonard’s College in Melbourne, Australia. 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 Project Zero research in action.


The Education that Matters conference will offer participating pre k-12 educators the opportunity to reflect deeply on what and how students should learn to thrive in today’s complex world. We invite you to submit a proposal for an interactive workshop using Project Zero ideas and frameworks focused on one or more of the conference strands described below. The proposal form is at the end of this overview.

  • Leading Learning & Change: What does it look like when schools develop visions and pedagogies that support “learning that matters” – knowledge, skills and dispositions that are long-lasting and distinctive?  When supporting change in schools, how do leaders turn ideas into action?  

  • Promoting Civic Engagement: What knowledge and skills are necessary for generative participation in today’s democratic societies? How can educators create meaningful opportunities to empower local and global citizenship?


  • Creating a Culture of Thinking: Piloted with Bialik College in Melbourne, this project considers questions such as: How can learners be supported to develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects? Why is it important to make thinking visible?


  • Developing Agency by Design: How do young people develop a sense of agency by engaging in designing, making, and creating experiences?


  • Growing Up in the Digital Age: What are the civic, moral, and ethical opportunities and challenges afforded by the digital age? How are the meanings of local and global citizenship and civic action shifting?


  • Making Learning Visible: How do teachers document and assess student and teacher learning in order to further both their own and their students’ learning? How can Reggio-inspired pedagogies support thoughtful learning across school subjects and ages?

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


Workshop Content and Format

  • Workshops should 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 research into their cultural context and the impact that these ideas have had their own teaching practice. 


  • Workshops should directly connect to one or more of the conference strands.


  • 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, lesson plans, get feedback, etc.  These are NOT lectures or paper presentations.


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

Workshop Logistics

  • Each workshop is 1:45 hours long.


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


  • Most workshops will have a maximum 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 facilitators.


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


The deadline for workshop proposal submissions was Friday, 16 August 2019. The proposal period is past. 

Conference organizers will send out notifications about the status of proposals by mid-September.