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Scholarship Info

To thrive in today’s complex world, skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity are essential. To build such skills, more and more schools are focusing on STEAM approaches that offer integrative learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  For decades, researchers at Project Zero have explored how the arts offer unique and powerful opportunities to cultivate these and other powerful skills and dispositions.

  • What does it mean to think critically in the arts?

  • How do creativity and collaboration thrive?

  • How does learning in the arts cultivate a student’s sense of voice, ethics and agency? 

This two-day conference will offer plenaries and workshops that explore these questions and offer pedagogical tools, strategies, and frameworks developed by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero.  The conference will specifically highlight practices that address one or more of the following strands of research at Project Zero:

Artful Thinking & Studio Thinking:  The arts offer unique opportunities to develop habits of mind that have positive impacts on student learning across the curriculum.  How can the arts strengthen student thinking and learning? How do teachers use the arts as an opportunity for developing students’ thinking dispositions?  What are the core intellectual behaviors grounded in the arts that can be extended to classes across the curriculum? 

Arts & Civic Participation:  How do arts experiences help learners develop skills for local and global civic participation such as voicing ideas, understanding perspectives, telling stories, giving critical feedback, and taking action on issues that matter most to them? How do the arts offer opportunities for learners to develop global competencies necessary for democratic and connected societies?  

Agency by Design: How do designing, tinkering, hacking and making support student thinking and learning? How can we develop students’ disposition to look closely and the explore complexity around them?   In what ways do maker pedagogies go beyond engagement and develop student empowerment and agency?   

Collaboration & Participatory Creativity:  How do teachers and students come together to co-create and innovate?  What insights can be gained from artful co-creation? How do schools support more distributed and participatory forms of creativity with learners? 

Limited scholarships are available for the Artful Thinking & Learning conference in Atlanta, Georgia April 5-6, 2019. U.S. public school teachers in under-resourced contexts (25% or higher free/reduced lunch) are invited to apply. Project Zero, through a generous gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, and the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) are jointly supporting these scholarships.


For qualifying educators, scholarships are offered at two levels:

  • Individual scholarships covering 70% of tuition cost ($225 final registration cost)
  • Team scholarships covering 80% of tuition cost for groups of 3-8 educators from a school or from the same district ($150 per person final registration cost)

For those educators who are interested, please submit your applications here. If more than 8 educators from the same organization are interested in applying for the scholarship, please email the Project Zero scholarship coordinators at pz50@gse.harvard.edu. Additional educators will be placed on a wait-list and invited to apply for the scholarships if any remain available by December 31, 2018.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be reviewed and a response will be communicated no more than 10 business days from when the application was submitted. You must complete a scholarship application and be accepted prior to registering for the event in order to receive the reduced rate. For questions about the scholarship, please contact pz50@gse.harvard.edu.

Group discounts are available for those educators who apply as a group of 10 or more from the same school or district. The discount is $100 off the full-price registration, so the final per participant cost is $650. The group discount cannot be combined with the scholarships.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, click here.