Steve Seidel

Director of Harvard Project Zero and the Arts in Education Program

Steve Seidel is the director of Harvard Project Zero and the Arts in Education Program at HGSE. At Project Zero, he is principal investigator on projects that study the use of reflective practices in schools, the close examination of student work, and documentation of learning. This research currently includes The Evidence Project, a study using student work as evidence of learning and teaching, and Making Learning Visible, a study of group learning and assessment in partnership with the Reggio Emilia early childhood schools in Italy. He recently completed Arts Survive, a study of the sustainability of arts education partnerships. His teaching and writing for the past decade have largely focused on arts education and the improvement of teaching and assessment across elementary and secondary settings. He also convenes a monthly discussion group on collaborative assessment for educators: ROUNDS at Project Zero. Before coming to the Graduate School of Education, he taught high-school theater and language arts in the Boston area for 17 years. Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.

“Steven Seidel is a true asset to the Harvard Graduate School of Education,” said Graduate School of Education Acting Dean Kathleen McCartney. “He has helped shape the Arts in Education Program into the finest program of its type in the nation; he has guided Project Zero through a period of terrific accomplishment; he has strengthened the school’s connection to practice, and, most importantly, he has been a great teacher and mentor for our students.”