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 Project Zero at QV

Creating a Culture of Thinking

About Project Zero

Project Zero was founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967 to study and improve education in the arts. Goodman believed that arts learning should be studied as a serious cognitive activity, but that "zero" had yet been firmly established about the field; hence, the project was given its name. Over the years, Project Zero has maintained a strong research agenda in the arts while gradually expanding to include investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural thinking, and ethics. read more

Professional Development Resources

Project Zero 50th Anniversary
Project Zero is celebrating its 50th, five decades of insights into intelligence, thinking and learning. View the kickoff talks video from October 13th below from leading Harvard minds including Howard Gardner, David Perkins, Drew Faust and more.
view video here | PZ 50th website

PZ Information

Project Zero Overview
Project Zero Website
Project Zero Projects

Agendas & Flyers

NEW Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
August 9-11, 2018
flyer | postcard | register 
see previous agendas and flyers below

Breakout Session Files

Eight Cultural Forces Pie Chart (5/16/15)
Language and Discourse Packet (5/16/15)
Leading a Culture of Thinking (5/16/15)
Performance of Understanding Placemat (Word) | PDF (5/16/15)
Performance of Understanding Placemat Samples (5/16/15)
Thinking for Understanding Workshop Bibliography (5/16/15)


Thinking for Understanding 1/17/15
Using Thinking Routines to Deepen Understanding 1/17/15
Agency by design/ Children's Innovation Project 5/16/15
Creating Cultures of Thinking 5/16/15


See/Think/Wonder Instructions
Think/Puzzle/Explore Instructions
Thinking Routines NGA Resources Bibliography
Thinking for Understanding Workshop Bibliography
Understanding Map

Perspective-Taking with Picasso
Perceive/Know/Care Routine Instructions
Perceive/Know/Care Graphic Organizer


Project Zero at QV Overview: Media Player | YouTube
PZ Thinking Routines: YouTube | Vimeo
PZ Pittsburgh: PD for Educators: YouTube
Connecting Home & School by Ron Ritchhart: View on Stream Pittsburgh


view photo slideshow of PZ at QV


Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World
By Veronica Boix Mansilla & Anthony Jackson  (free PDF download)

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners
By Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church & Karin Morrison

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools
By Ron Ritchhart 

Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds
By Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer O. Ryan & Shari Tishman 

more books

Studio Life Expansion

Project Zero Pittsburgh Outline (PDF)
District awarded $30,000 grant to expand Studio Life beyond QV (7/17/14)

Social Media

Follow Project Zero at QV on Twitter at #pzqvsd

PZ in the News

Harvard education program comes to Quaker Valley (5/13/15)
Quaker Valley Receives $100,000 Grant from The Grable Foundation (4/20/15)
Project Zero: What Does Learning Look Like? (2/19/15)

Previous Agendas & Flyers

January 17, 2015 Agenda
January 17, 2015 Recap
February 16, 2015 Flyer
February 16, 2015 Agenda
February 16, 2015 Recap
May 15-16, 2015 Flyer
May 15, 2015 Agenda
May 16, 2015 Agenda
November 7, 2015 Flyer
November 7, 2015 Agenda
Course Descriptions 2015
January 18, 2016 Flyer
January 18, 2016 Agenda
January 18, 2016 Course Descriptions
April 16, 2016 Flyer
April 16, 2016 Agenda
April 16, 2016 Course Descriptions
February 20, 2017 Flyer
February 20, 2017 Agenda
February 20, 2017 Course Descriptions
April 10, 2017 Flyer
April 10, 2017 Agenda
April 10, 2017 Course Descriptions
May 12-13, 2017 PZ Perspectives Pittsburgh Conference Flyer | website
June 14, 2017 Agenda
June 15, 2017 Agenda
February 17, 2018 Flyer 

Previous Presenter Biographies

Presenter Biographies 4/16/16
Presenter Biographies 2/16/15
Presenter Biographies 1/17/15

For more information about Project Zero at QV, please contact:
Dr. Jeffrey D. Evancho
Project Zero Programming Specialist
Quaker Valley School District
412-749-5557 x5317


Quaker Valley School District
100 Leetsdale Industrial Drive
Suite B
Leetsdale, PA 15056 map

Phone: 412-749-3600
Fax: 412-749-3601

Directions to District Office
From the Sewickley Bridge (Route 65 & Broad Street in Sewickley), proceed 2.7 miles north on Route 65. At the Leetsdale Industrial Park sign, take the ramp access on the right. Make a left to cross over Route 65 and follow the ramp to the stop sign. At the stop sign, go straight, then make the next right onto Leetsdale Industrial Drive. Go to the third complex entrance on the right. The sign is marked "QVSD Offices." District Office is located in Suite B.

Quaker Valley School District
100 Leetsdale Industrial Drive - Suite B, Leetsdale, PA 15056 | 412-749-3600
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