Tina Blythe is a researcher, writer, teacher, administrator, and consultant, whose career in education spans for more than three decades. She is a senior researcher and Director of Learning and Outreach at Project Zero, a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A researcher at Project Zero since 1988, she studies and supports practices for engaging both students and educators in deep learning and thinking, particularly through reflection, collaborative inquiry, documentation of student learning, and the collaborative assessment of student and teacher work. Among the questions she finds most compelling:
• What kind of an education will prepare students for the demands of an unpredictable future?
• What conditions generate the most powerful learning experiences not only for students but also for teachers and administrators?
• What forms of assessment are most likely to support (rather than subvert) learning?
• What kinds of collaboration most effectively support student and teacher learning?
• How do students and teachers make their learning visible, for themselves, for each other, and for those outside of classrooms and schools?
Tina Blythe also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She helped to develop (and currently oversees) Project Zero’s program of online professional learning courses, creating and teaching the first online course ever offered at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998. She consults internationally for school, districts, ministries, and other organizations on issues of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators.
She has a keen interest in and commitment to the arts and arts-integrated education, serving as consultant for the New England Arts for Literacy (NEAL) project and, for ten years, as an advisor to Silkroad, a cultural and performing arts organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma to promote cross-cultural understanding through the arts and arts-integrated learning. For twelve years, she was a faculty member and Director of Faculty Development at the Boston Architectural College.
She began her career as a middle and secondary school teacher in urban public schools and afterschool programs.
She is the author and co-author of a number of articles and books, among them:
• Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Think, Read, Write, and Collaborate (Teachers College Press, 2018)
• Facilitating for Learning: A Guide for Teacher Groups of All Kinds (Teachers College Press, 2015)
• Looking Together at Student Work, 3rd Edition (Teachers College Press, 2015)
• The Facilitator’s Book of Questions (Teachers College Press, 2004)
• Teaching as Inquiry (Teachers College Press, 2004)
• The Teaching for Understanding Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998; translated into Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, and Georgian)