The HLN promotes transformative professional development opportunities for Houston-area teachers. We're most proud of our fellowship programs, which enable teachers and administrators to enroll in transformative professional development programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. So far, we have sent more than 100 teachers to Project Zero Classroom. In the future, we hope to send more teachers to Project Zero and to even more institutions committed to transforming educational practice.
Explore the pages below to learn about our free programs here in Houston and our two fellowship programs.
Testimonials from Past Participants
"I enjoy finding ways to connect the Project Zero Classroom to my own classroom and go through the same thought-provoking activities I saw at Harvard such as analyzing artwork, seeking multiple perspectives, and understanding digital media. I have seen a positive transformation in my classroom where my students gain awareness of their thinking and place in and outside the classroom."
T.H. Rogers School, Study Group Fellow, Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Project Zero has provided the practical foundation for developing a culture of thinking at Oak Forest. When I see first grade students regularly analyzing what they see before they express what they think or third grade students connecting what they’ve explored in science with their understanding of a character in a book, I know we are on the right path towards developing students who can make the thinking moves necessary for success."
Oak Forest Elementary, Study Group Fellow, Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education
"For T.H. Rogers School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom is much more than a typical professional development program.
Along with new practices, the educators return filled with wonder, curiosity, and excitement. Just as students are frequently taught to memorize and recite answers, much of traditional professional development presents a litany of concepts to apply or learning protocols to follow. Project Zero starts by changing what learning is for educators. As one teacher at TH Rogers said, “The trip to Harvard was invaluable. We spent time being in the shoes of our students, wondering about wonder, and wondering about learning.”
As the educators engage with their own learning in a new way, the same happens in their classrooms. Through thinking routines, students are given the opportunity and skills to wonder and engage in their own learning. As a result of attending HGSE’s Project Zero course, students and educators at T.H. Rogers School are learning together, side-by-side, in a new way."