In May 2017, join educators from around the world for the Project Zero Perspectives conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the theme Making-Innovating-Learning we will explore the attributes of effective learning environments, with a special focus on creativity, the arts, and the maker movement.

The two-day conference will offer both large and small group settings in which to explore pedagogical tools, strategies, and frameworks developed at Project Zero, each addressing one or more of the following strands:

  • Encouraging Creativity and “Maker Thinking” in Children: What can we learn from the practices of educators in the arts and in the maker movement? How might we encourage creativity, play, and DIY habits of mind that are relevant to all disciplines?

  • Making Learning and Thinking Visible: How can visible representations of thinking be used as a force for student learning? How do we document and assess student and teacher learning in order to further our own learning? How do we help learners develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects?

  • Teaching for Understanding: What is important to learn today that will prepare us for an unknown future? How do we focus instruction on deep understanding of the topics we teach? What is understanding, and how does it develop?

The Pittsburgh region has developed renown as a center for the maker movement. A preconference day on Thursday, May 11, will feature a deep dive into various maker ideas.


On Friday, May 12, we will spend the entire day at Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley, PA. Quaker Valley School District has become the leader in the Pittsburgh area in implementing Project Zero practices across the preschool-high school continuum, and has for two years convened Project Zero-themed professional development workshops for local educators.


On Saturday, May 13, we will move to the beautiful Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and the University of Pittsburgh’s famous Cathedral of Learning classroom building. Attendees will explore ways to use museums as powerful sites for learning and engage meaningfully with art and artifacts in courses led by museum educators and classroom teachers, as well as continue exploration of Project Zero ideas begun the previous day.


Project Zero leaders such as Edward Clapp, David Perkins, Ron Ritchhart, and Shari Tishman will be featured speakers throughout the weekend. Interactive courses, focusing on putting theory into practice, will be led by Project Zero researchers and practitioners from around the country and the world.

The conference registration fee includes breakfast on both days, lunch on Friday, and a reception Saturday evening.

Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.

Conference fee: $725

Click here to see the conference schedule. 

Conference Partners
We are grateful to The Grable Foundation, Remake Learning, and the Abundance Foundation for their support of the conference.


2635 Century Parkway NE
Suite 125

Atlanta, GA 30345 

United States of America

Tel: 404.848.9044

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