One of the ways we make our research accessible to educators around the world is through providing professional education. These offerings are scheduled at various times throughout the year, research-based, and grounded in the day-to-day work of teachers and administrators. In addition, they are an opportunity for educators to earn professional learning hours. We offer:


4-5 week learning experiences where students practice implementing new concepts into their teaching and learning environments and receive personalized feedback from a coach and the instructors.

Engage deeply online with Project Zero research. PZ Micro Practicums (PZMP) focus on the practical application of research-based ideas and strategies in classrooms, schools, and other learning settings.

Throughout the learning experiences, participants apply what they learn as they learn, receiving personalized feedback from the instructors, a coach, as well as from fellow participants. Upon successful completion, participants earn a certificate that documents the professional development hours completed.

You may register as either a team or an individual. If you register as an individual you will be placed on a virtual team that you will work with throughout the course.

Enrollment is limited. Practicums may fill prior to the registration deadlines.

Let`s Play: Teaching Strategies for Playful Learning

COST: $179 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $209 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams.
DATE(S): February 22, 2021 to March 28, 2021

Play is central to how children learn: the way they make sense of their world; the way they form and explore friendships; the way they shape and test hypotheses about their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environments. Yet incorporating play into a classroom or formal school setting isn’t a straightforward endeavor, as the nature of play and the nature of school are often at odds. The “Let’s Play” five-week mini course, based on the research and frameworks developed in the Lego Foundation-funded PZ project “Pedagogy of Play” is an introduction to some of the core principles and practices of playful learning and gives participants opportunities to design and try out at least one playful learning approach in their own contexts. The course has been revised to support educators to learn about how to facilitate playful learning online, in a classroom and in hybrid learning contexts.

The Power of Making Thinking Visible

COST: $179 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $209 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams.
DATE(S): February 22, 2021 to March 21, 2021

Thinking routines have become extremely popular over the last decade and are often recognized as a hallmark of Project Zero practices.  With this popularity and wide-spread use has come the opportunity to look more closely at just what effect thinking routines have on teaching, on learning, and on schooling.  These issues could not have been properly examined when thinking routines were first being introduced almost 15 years ago. Now, however, extensive research and ongoing collaboration with schools have generated new learnings that create the opportunity to take the practices of making thinking visible to the next level.

Cultures of Thinking in Action

COST: $179 per individual on teams of 3-5 people. $209 for individuals without a team who will be placed on virtual teams.
DATE(S): April 26, 2021 to May 23, 2021

During times of change, it is important to lean into our values. Doing so helps us to remain grounded and true to our vision of what a quality education looks and feels like…even as we are buffeted by the unknown forces of change and thrust into new modes of instructional delivery.

13-week learning experiences where students go in depth into PZ research, implement new concepts into their teaching and learning environments and receive personalized feedback from a coach.

Our online courses will resume September 2021.

September 2021
Effective teaching takes more than good planning and instructional design; it also requires attention to the culture of the classroom. But how do we create culture? How do we shape and mold it so that it supports students’ development as thinkers and learners capable of deep understanding? Course... Read more
September 2021
Unlock the potential of group learning in your classroom. In groups, both children and adults learn from and with others, encountering new perspectives, strategies, and ways of thinking. Not only do individuals enhance their own learning, but the group can also achieve more together than any... Read more
September 2021
As educators, we seek to prepare our students for the future — to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will help them become productive, reflective, responsible members of their communities as they move into adulthood. But none of us can predict the kind of future that... Read more
September 2021
Drawing on research from Project Zero’s Agency by Design project, this course offers classroom teachers, maker educators, administrators, and parents an opportunity to explore firsthand maker-centered learning practices and the opportunities they afford. Course Designers Edward Clapp Edward P... Read more
September 2021
Visible Thinking, an approach to teaching thinking developed by Project Zero, has two goals: to deepen content learning and to cultivate students’ thinking skills and thinking dispositions. Now used by educators around the world, Visible Thinking is designed to be used in all subjects, all grades,... Read more

1-2 hour interactive sessions over 1-2 days that introduce PZ research and provide examples for in-class application.

In 2020, we launched the Project Zero Virtual Workshops (PZVW), a new series of live, online, interactive workshops, designed to introduce PZ ideas. They are most fitting for educators new to PZ ideas, those whose engagement with PZ concepts is more recent, as well as those well-versed in PZ frameworks. The workshops vary in time and duration - one may be a single 90-minute workshop while another may include two 90-minute sessions over two days. We are still determining the sweet spot!

Workshops support educators working in a variety of learning contexts: classrooms that are in-person, online or blended; museums; after-school; and home. Participants completing the full workshop will earn a certificate that documents the workshop’s professional learning hours.

View past virtual workshops.

Educating for a Complex World

Daniel Wilson, Director, Project Zero

David Perkins, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

Flossie Chua, Principal Investigator, Project Zero

COST: $49
DATE(S): March 19, 2021 5:30PM to 7:00PM Boston USA Time

How can we deepen and broaden learning for the lives today's learners are likely to lead? In our era, the demands of a rapidly changing world on education urge us to reach beyond the traditional agendas of achievement, information and expertise. In more adventurous school settings, innovations thrive when learning is reimagined using big understandings and big ideas. This session explores how teachers and schools can define their own visionary directions, drawing on a flexible framework about learning that matters and ways of fostering and leading it, developed collaboratively between Project Zero and Independent Schools Victoria. It shares this general approach along with examples from Australian settings of how educating for big understandings and big questions can become powerful levers for teacher and school development.

In-person, 1-5 day learning opportunities around the world. Onsites take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where our central office is located. Offsites can take place just about anywhere on the globe!

The health and safety of our participants is our priority. For this reason, we cancelled all 2020 Onsite and Offsite events to minimize the spread of Covid-19. We look forward to meeting together in-person when the health and safety of our participants is at less risk.

March 19, 2022 to March 20, 2022
What and how should students learn to thrive in today’s complex world? What education will matter most to the lives they are likely to lead? Some schools aspire to develop learners who are active and empathetic citizens. Others encourage complex reasoning or creativity. Leading progressive visions... Read more