Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12


Summer Institute for Educators

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The ninth annual Summer Institute for Educators will examine best practices for fostering student understanding. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Reese, will lead a morning session for all participants that will examine Teaching for Understanding as a framework for curriculum development and thinking routines as a framework for teaching and learning. 

This event is free for Pennington School faculty members. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
Location: Yen Humanities Building

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote address: 
Fostering Student Understanding
Dr. Jim Reese

12:00–1:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (by discipline)
1:00–3:30 p.m.


Cost for the day's events: $150. To register, please click here.

For questions, please contact

Dr. Jim Reese directs the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School (WIS). In that capacity, he supports educators at WIS and across the DC region by organizing high-quality workshops and conferences that focus on using research-based pedagogical tools in practice. Much of this work connects to Project Zero, a research group located in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Jim has worked on a consulting basis with Project Zero for nearly 20 years, most recently as the education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard and as education chair of the Project Zero Perspectives off-campus conferences. A long-time secondary school English teacher, Jim has an abiding interest in the way students develop thinking dispositions and understanding; in the professional growth of teachers; and in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Davidson College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the George Washington University.


The Pennington School Summer Institute for Educators is committed to providing professional development opportunities to faculty who work with middle and high school students with a focus on a “best practices” model for meeting the needs of a diverse community of learners.