Event Overview

The 2017-2018 academic year marks Project Zero’s historic 50th anniversary at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For five decades, PZ has led dozens of research projects that have influenced the field of education around the globe. To launch its 50th anniversary, PZ is convening a special event on Friday, October 13th, 2017. The event will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and will celebrate the past, present and future of Project Zero, honoring the involvement of our many funders, collaborators and partners. 
 
The celebration will take place on Friday evening during GSE’s HUBweek forum, open to the public, featuring Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University; James E. Ryan, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Project Zero co-founders, Howard Gardner and David Perkins; Project Zero past directors, Steve Seidel and Shari Tishman; and Daniel Wilson, the current Project Zero director. The forum will offer insights gleaned from a half-century of iconoclastic investigations into changing conceptions of the mind and the implications of these changes for today’s teachers, schools, and society. 
 

Changes in Mind: Five decades of insights into intelligence, thinking, and learning

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017  |  5:30 - 7:00 P.M.  |  ASKWITH HALL, HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

This public Askwith Forum will offer insights gleaned from a half-century of iconoclastic investigations into changing conceptions of the mind and the implications of these changes for today’s teachers, schools and society. Speakers include Harvard President Drew Faust and Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan. The forum will feature researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, including its founding members Howard Gardner and David Perkins. 
 
"This is a fantastic opportunity to explore and reflect on how our perceptions of how our minds work have changed over the past fifty years,” said Daniel Wilson, Director of Project Zero. "The role of education in today’s complex world requires us to take stock in what we know about the human mind and consider how to best cultivate citizens of tomorrow. We look forward to sharing views on major insights, and discussing implications for educators from current luminary thinkers in our field.”  - Daniel Wilson 
 
 
Drew Faust Photo Dean Ryan Howard Gardner David Perkins
Drew Faust James E. Ryan Howard Gardner David Perkins
Steven Seidel Shari Tishman Daniel Wilson  
Steven Seidel Shari Tishman Daniel Wilson  

 

Watching Parties

If you watch this livestream event virtually, we encourage you to form “Watching Parties” with other educators, students, administrators, parents, or stakeholders in your community. It will be an opportunity to learn key insights from 50 years of PZ’s work and the implications for schools today and in the future. Gathering together could build awareness of PZ research and the ways you and your colleagues have been adapting it into practice.  
 
There will be moments during the forum in which all participants, both at the event and via livestream, will be invited to discuss the ideas presented.  After the livestream, you may also consider facilitating a conversation about the concepts and hear from teachers who are using PZ frameworks.  
 
If you do form a Watching Party, we encourage you to reach out to your local Harvard Alumni Association and invite them to join, too.  The Harvard Alumni Association is announcing this livestream event to all of its members world-wide. They may be able to help you broaden the reach of the party in your area.
 
To assist your Watching Party, we have created a downloadable flyer (link in right-hand column above) that you can email and/or display at your school as well as a social media template to share on your channels.
 
We hope this special event offers you an opportunity to invite others in your community to support the educational changes you have in mind.