Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning and thinking. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Project Zero on the show [See Podcast 74 | Cultivating Creative & Civic Capacities] — and it probably won’t be the last! — because they are trying to make teaching, learning, and the future of work very relevant and right now. But the secret to this conversation is that work in progressive learning has been going on for many years and it’s having quite the impact, so we actually have quite a few clues about where to go in the future.
Our guests are Mara Krechevsky, a senior researcher from Project Zero, and Dr. Fred Burton, who has spent 44 years as an educator in progressive education, including 13 years as principal of Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School that made him a bit of a local legend in the Columbus area. This public school is known locally, regionally, and statewide as one of the gems in elementary education in the state, and at the PAST Foundation, we frequently hold it up as the exemplar of what we want to see happening in elementary schools.