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 Oct 26-27, 2018 Project Zero Perspectives (PZP) conference, Understanding for a Complex World.  Since 2010, these conferences have created high-quality and affordable professional development opportunities for educators in locations around the globe.   This upcoming conference held in Pamplona, Spain will be bilingual, with opportunities for workshops to be offered in English or Spanish. 


The conference, organized in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), will be hosted by Colegio Irabia-Izaga and sited at the prestigious Museo Universidad de Navarra and the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona. 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 Understanding for a Complex World, this conference will invite participating pre k-12 educators to reflect deeply on the nature of understanding and the need for developing it in today’s globally connected world. We invite you to submit a proposal for an interactive workshop focused on one or more of the conference strands:

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

  • Understanding for Global Competence: How can we develop the skills for learners to thrive as global participants in today’s world? How can they learn to engage in cultural differences and develop perspective taking?  How do we as educators deepen our own global competence in working with students from diverse backgrounds?

  • Thinking with Complexity:  How do we develop student’s dispositions to think about and with complexity?  What teaching and assessment practices support students’ capacity to understand complex relationships and engage in complex reasoning?

  • Learning Environments:  What are the qualities of spaces and settings that support deep understanding, playful learning, and thinking? How can teachers and school leaders effectively design formal and informal environments to support their goals?


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 maximum number of 15-20 participants.  Instructors should prepare materials for up to 20 participants per workshop.

  • Workshops can be presented in English or Spanish and will be clearly identified as such in all registration materials. Simultaneous translation will not offered in workshops.


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.


Thank you to everyone who submitted interactive workshop proposals! The conference organizers will send out notifications about the status of proposals by early- to mid-April.


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