Call for Interactive Course Proposals
Project Zero Perspectives: Making-Innovating-Learning
Quaker Valley School District / Carnegie Museum of Art / University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, 2017

Experienced practitioners of Project Zero ideas are invited to consider presenting at the Project Zero Perspectives conference to be held in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area in May 2017. Please read carefully the information below relating to the overall conference theme/strands and the criteria for practitioner-led sessions. The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 16, 2016.

The conference will be held on Friday, May 12, at the Quaker Valley School District in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and on Saturday, May 13, at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. CASIE has collaborated with Project Zero since 2010 to bring high-quality and affordable professional development conferences to select cities around the U.S. and the globe.

With its over-arching theme of Making, Innovating, Learning, this Project Zero Perspectives conference will invite educators to reflect deeply on the attributes of effective learning environments, with a special focus on creativity, the arts and the maker-centered learning.

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, 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?

There are two types of proposals to consider: 45-minute Special Interest Sessions and two-hour Interactive Courses. Special Interest Sessions focus on one specific idea from Project Zero and could feature a demonstration, a discussion or an examination of teacher or student learning. Interactive Courses should be highly engaging and encompass the way Project Zero ideas are being put into practice. Museum educators or classroom teachers with experience using museum collections: There is space at the Carnegie Museum of Art on Saturday, May 13, for in-gallery Special Interest Sessions and Interactive Courses.

Please note these criteria for selection:

  • Strong preference will be given to experienced practitioners of Project Zero ideas and to local or regional educators.

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

  • We will allow up to two presenters per session, who receive complimentary conference registration. There is no other compensation for presenters.

  • Presenters must be able to accommodate approximately 20 participants in a session.

  • Presenters should be willing to present twice.

  • Reference to Project Zero research/ideas and to the conference theme and strands must be made explicit in the proposal and in the presentation.

  • Presenters should describe the social, cultural, and economic contexts addressed in their courses. (Across courses, we will aim for a range of contexts to be represented.)


Course presenters are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs. For out-of-town presenters, details on hotel booking at a special conference rate are forthcoming.


Please submit a proposal by completing the form below. The conference organizers will send notification about the status of proposals by January 9, 2017.


Call for Proposals Now Closed


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Suite 125

Atlanta, GA 30345 

United States of America

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