Event Details

The week-long Project Zero Classroom features research-based tools, frameworks, and approaches to instruction and assessment that deepen learning and understanding for all students. As a participant, you will explore ways to enhance student engagement, encourage learners to think critically and creatively, and make learning and thinking visible. Through a combination of presentations, interactive workshops, and small learning groups, you will have the opportunity to explore ideas and practices with PZ researchers, educators experienced in applying PZ ideas in their contexts, and fellow participants from around the world.

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How can the classroom become a place where today’s learners become the citizens and leaders of tomorrow? For more than 55 years, Project Zero has pioneered research that examines key facets of human potential such as intelligence and creativity, asking how educators and schools can design learning experiences that are engaging and exciting for all learners.

After three years of not being able to convene in person, Project Zero will host the Project Zero Classroom in person from June 26 - 30, 2023. In the company of PZ researchers and experienced educators from around the world, participants open up the questions at the heart of teaching and learning: What kinds of learning experiences and assessment practices will best prepare students for the demands of an unpredictable, ever-shifting future? How does understanding develop? How do educators nurture critical and creative thinking? How do educators ensure that all students are learning?

Program Details

The Project Zero Classroom is held in-person on the campus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. (We are sorry that we cannot provide a hybrid online participation option.) During this five-day institute, you will take part in a variety of learning activities that explore Project Zero principles and strategies for teaching and learning. Whether you are a teacher or in the role of supporting and leading teachers and teaching, you will reflect on your current teaching and assessment practices and develop new approaches to learning, planning, and instructional strategies that respond to the diverse ways in which your students engage and learn.

The program explores fundamental educational questions, such as:

  • What does it mean to understand? How does understanding develop?
  • What are the roles of reflection and assessment in learning?
  • How can we nurture critical thinking and creativity?
  • How can we design learning experiences for and with diverse learners and contexts?

Who Should Attend

  • Early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school educators
  • School administrators and teacher educators
  • Those in other educator roles, including (but not limited to) artists, teaching artists, museum educators, after-school educators, nonprofit staff members

Participation Policies

This program is highly interactive. Therefore, fluency in English is essential and required.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in teams so they can reflect together during the program and, having had a common set of experiences, can continue their learning after the program. Individual participants are also welcome.

Due to limited building capacity and anticipated high demand, organizations may not register more than 10 participants. Groups wishing to send more than 10 participants may fill out a waiting list form which can be accessed via communication from the PZ Learning and Outreach team after interested educators complete the pre-registration form.

Cancellations/Refunds, Substitutions, and Certificates

Cancellations/Refunds To cancel your participation and request a refund, please email pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu by April 3, 2023. We will not be able to issue refunds after this date. A 5% credit card processing fee will be subtracted from the original amount paid.

Substitutions Substitutions for registered participants, including those registered as part of a group, will be made only on a limited basis, and for significant, qualifying events (e.g., death in the family, serious illness, etc.). In the case of a significant, qualifying event, please email pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu to request substitutions. We will not be able to make substitutions after May 31, 2023.

Certificates If you participate in the PZ Classroom and meet the completion requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 30 hours of professional learning. Certificates will be emailed approximately 6-8 weeks after the institute ends.


The program begins on Monday, June 26 and ends Friday, June 30. All 5 days, the program will begin at 8:30 am with continental breakfast available at 8:00 am. Monday through Thursday, the program will end at 5:00 pm. On Friday, the program will end at 1:00 pm.

Monday, June 26

  • 8:30 - 10:15 am welcome and opening plenary
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am break
  • 10:45 am - 12:45 pm study group (lunch provided at 12:00)
  • 12:45 - 1:00 pm brief break
  • 1:00 - 3:30 pm mini course
  • 3:30 - 3:45 pm brief break
  • 3:45 - 5:45 pm study group

Tuesday - Thursday, June 27 - 29

  • 8:30 - 10:00 am plenary session
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am break
  • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm mini course
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm lunch (on your own)
  • 2:30 - 5:00 pm study group

Friday, June 30

  • 8:30 - 11:00 am study group
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am break
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm closing plenary

Institute Tuition & Policies

The tuition for the program is $3,895 per participant. Tuition includes all instructional materials required for participation in the program, lunch on the opening day, and continental breakfast and morning and afternoon snacks throughout. Travel, accommodations, incidentals, as well as lunch (Tuesday - Friday) and dinner during the program are not included.

Final payment of full tuition is due no later than 30 days from registration unless documentation is provided to PZ that payment is in process (e.g. for purchase orders or other internal payment request processes). For those individuals or groups with approvals for payments later than 30 days, the full payment is requested no later than the registration deadline, February 15, 2023. Please note that failure to pay by the payment deadline will result in your withdrawal from the program. We accept payment by credit card, check, and bank wire transfer. Upon acceptance to the program, you will receive specific payment instructions as part of the confirmation process. The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion and is not responsible for any planning expenses incurred.


The PZC registration deadline is February 15, 2023. However, it is possible that the institute will fill before the registration deadline. In the past, registration for PZC was by application, leaving attendees little time to plan ahead. This year, we are offering registration on a first-come, first-served basis. A brief Pre-Registration Form must be completed to access the PZC registration and scholarship links. Within 2 business days after your Pre-Registration Form is submitted, we will send you an email from pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu with links to access the PZC registration site and scholarship application.

Participants are welcome to apply as individuals or as groups. For groups, due to limited building capacity and anticipated high demand, schools/organizations may not register more than 10 participants. Groups wishing to send more than 10 participants may fill out a waiting list form which will be accessible from the registration site. While a school/organization may register up to 10 participants for PZC, scholarship funding is limited to a maximum of 6 participants per school/organization (see below).

PZ encourages schools and organizations of all means to register. The registration process supports those schools and organizations that go through an internal payment request process (e.g. purchase orders) to complete the application and select the payment option for that process. Please also note that PZ is able to offer a limited number of scholarships which can be applied to the program tuition (see below).

Project Zero Classroom Scholarships

With generous support from the Saul Zaentz Foundation and many individual donations honoring Project Zero’s 50th anniversary, PZ is able to offer professional learning scholarships to support a range of schools, districts, and organizations as well as a diverse group of educators. In particular, these scholarships aim to support educators working in under-resourced contexts and/or with historically marginalized students. A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible educators to participate in PZC. Scholarship applicants may apply as teams (of up to 6 people) or as individuals. Teams only complete one application on behalf of all team members.

Per above, a brief Pre-Registration Form must be completed to access the PZC registration and scholarship links. Within 2 business days after your Pre-Registration Form is submitted, we will send you an email from pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu with links to access the PZC registration site and scholarship application.

The PZC scholarship application has a rolling deadline. The last date to submit a scholarship application is Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 11:59 pm Boston time. With a rolling deadline and limited scholarship funds, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, while funds are still available. Once you have submitted the online scholarship application, you will receive an email from PZ confirming receipt of your application. If there is an issue with your application (e.g. insufficient documentation), PZ will be in touch within 2 business days of your application submission. All scholarship decisions will be sent via email within 2 weeks (10 business days) of a completed submission. If you register/pay before applying for the scholarship, you will not be eligible to submit a scholarship application.

PZC scholarships will cover between 50% - 70% of the program tuition, and the eligibility guidelines, specifically for the PZC, are as follows:

  • In the United States, public school educators working in schools with a free and reduced lunch rate of 30% or more OR educators working primarily with students who attend these schools.
  • Outside of the United States, educators whose schools or organizations serve 30% or more students whose families meet the country-defined standard for low-income.

Documentation to support that the applicant meets the criteria for the scholarship is required at the time of application submission. Questions about approved documentation or anything else about the scholarship process should be directed to pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu with the subject line “PZC scholarship question.” Please note, scholarship funding for the PZC can only be applied to the program fee and does not cover any travel or accommodation expenses.

If you have questions about PZC and the registration process, please email pzlearn@gse.harvard.edu.