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Learning & Thinking that Make a Difference | One-Day Conference

Featured Presenters

Mark Church

Mark Church works with schools throughout the world interested in developing and deepening cultures of thinking in their classrooms.  He is quite interested in where educators find a lot of power and agency for their teaching when making their students’ thinking visible, giving it great value, and using student thinking to create ongoing learning opportunities.

Mark has been a longtime collaborator and consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives worldwide, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained working with educators near and far. Together with Ron Ritchhart, Mark co-authored Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and the more recent book, The Power of Making Thinking Visible (Jossey-Bass, 2020).

Tina Blythe

Tina Blythe is the Director of Learning and Outreach at Harvard Project Zero (PZ) and co-investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics.  A researcher at PZ for more than 30 years, she studies and supports practices for engaging both students and educators in deep learning and thinking, particularly through reflection, collaborative inquiry, and the collaborative assessment of student and teacher work.

Tina is a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and consults internationally on issues of curriculum, assessment, instruction, and professional development for teachers. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher. She is the author and co-author of a number of articles and books, including Facilitating for Learning (Teachers College Press, 2018) Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Think, Read, Write, and Collaborate (TCP, 2018);  Looking Together at Student Work, 3rd Ed. (TCP, 2015); The Facilitator’s Book of Questions (TCP, 2004); and The Teaching for Understanding Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998).  
The Learning and Thinking that Make a Difference (LTMD) conference is a one-day, exciting plunge into inspiring ideas and practical tools developed at Harvard’s Project Zero and aimed at engaging students in the deep learning and thinking they need to do in order to succeed in and out of school, both now and in the future. This in-person learning experience is designed for educators working at all grade levels (pre-K through 12), across subjects and disciplines, and in formal and informal educational contexts. Join us to explore PZ ideas with direct, practical, and powerful applications in your classroom and other settings!

At this June convening, participants will learn with and from PZ researchers, exploring PZ tools, strategies, and frameworks with a particular focus on inquiry, creativity, Making Thinking Visible, and Teaching for Understanding. Participants will also attend interactive, hands-on workshops facilitated by educators who have used PZ tools and ideas in their classrooms and educational settings.

What is Project Zero? For several decades, Project Zero (PZ) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has led research and worked with educators in the US and throughout the world to develop practical frameworks, strategies, and tools that support deep learning and thinking for students as well as educators.  To learn more, visit the Project Zero website at


Pre-Conference Event

An Evening of Creativity at the CMA
Tuesday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of purposeful play and exploration at the Columbus Museum of Art, with an experience inspired by a PZ project based in Central Ohio. Light refreshments will be served.

The Columbus Museum of Art is located at 480 E. Broad Street, in downtown Columbus. Visitor parking is available via Gay Street, one block north of Broad.

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please contact [email protected].

Funding support for this conference and other Project Zero training opportunities in Central Ohio, have been generously brought to you by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation