Dr. Jim Reese


Dr. Jim Reese is the Director of the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School and a long-time consultant with Project Zero at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He served as the Education Coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard from 2006-16 and was Education Chair of the Project Zero Perspectives off-site conferences from 2010-17.

Most recently, since 2014, he has directed the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT): Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas. Coordinator of the DC-Project Zero group, which has over 1600 members in the Washington, DC, region. Dr. Reese in his role with the Professional Development Collaborative organizes Project Zero-related workshops and leads several research projects. His research interests include the ways educators use Project Zero frameworks in various educational settings; efforts to foster and then sustain change in schools; and the professional growth of teachers.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Reese taught English at the secondary school level for many years, has served as an examiner with the International Baccalaureate Organization, and has taught teacher preparation courses at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Davidson College and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from George Washington University. His dissertation research focused on the development of beginning teachers as they used the Teaching for Understanding framework in practice.