Online Courses

About Online Courses

As K-12 students went online for learning in 2020, so did their teachers. In 2020 and 2021, the Houston Learning Network was proud to continue our commitment to Houston-area teachers who pursued professional development opportunities, even in this extraordinarily difficult year for teaching and learning.

With the support of the Houston Learning Network, more than 20 Houston-area educators recently participated in several micropracticums at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, including Let's Play: Teaching Strategies for Playful Learning; The Power of Making Thinking Visible; Cultures of Thinking in Action; and the Project Zero Sparks Conference.

Previously, HLN also sponsored Houston-area teachers' participation in Project Zero Online Courses. These research-based, months-long engagements are grounded in day-to-day teaching and leadership practice — you can apply what you learn, as you learn. Educators may apply solo or in small teams, and they work with peers facing similar challenges and take away real-world solutions, inspiration, and the support of an engaged community. Each course promotes active, team-based learning that supports collaboration and sharing in schools and districts. 

About the Houston Learning Network Fellowship

Since 2012, the Houston Learning Network (formerly the H2H Initiative) has offered financial support to teachers and administrators who participated in transformative professional development experiences. Since that time, we have supported more than 150 teachers as they traveled -- often to Cambridge, Massachusetts -- and studied how they might bring innovative teaching practices back home to Houston.

Many past fellowship recipients participated in the week-long Project Zero Classroom (PZC). PZC features research-based tools and frameworks that enable teachers to reflect on their teaching and develop approaches to instruction and assessment that deepen learning and understanding for all of your students.  Participants explore ways to enhance student engagement, encourage learners to think critically and creatively, and make learning and thinking visible.

Summer 2022 Fellowship Program

UPDATE: The application process for the Project Zero Sparks Conference 2022 is now closed. Stay tuned for future opportunities!

HLN Fellowships are available to help support educators who plan to attend professional development events. 

In July 2022, Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is offering the Project Zero Sparks Conference, a three-day virtual learning experience featuring new research and fresh takes on some of PZ's most popular and enduring frameworks. Engage in plenaries, interactive workshops, and facilitated discussion groups with colleagues from around the world.

For educators who need financial support to register for this event, the Houston Learning Network is pleased to offer a limited number of full-tuition scholarships. Educators with financial need should complete a Houston Learning Network scholarship application online here. Applications are due on June 1, 2022 at 5 PM Central Time, and applicants will receive a decision on their applications by the end of that week.

Please feel free to reach out to us at with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do for your students!

Please use the form below to submit your application. If the form is not available, please note that it will be available again when another fellowship application period opens.