Steve Seidel

Director of the Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Steve Seidel, Ed.D., has been the Director of Project Zero since July 2000 and the Director of the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since July 2004. He continues his work as a Research Associate and Principal Investigator and as Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Steve has worked in the areas of the arts and education for over twenty-five years. He trained and worked professionally as an actor and, later, as a stage director. He has worked with theater companies in Baltimore, New York, and Boston and his directorial work has been seen Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in New York, in Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to working in theaters, Steve has also worked on short and feature-length films as acting coach, writer, and script consultant.

In 1971 Steve began working in schools. He was an acting and language arts teacher and coordinated the arts program at The Group School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an alternative high school for low-income and working class youth. He also taught for eight years at South Boston High School as lead teacher and coordinator of the Theater Company of Boston’s federally funded collaboration with the Boston Public Schools.

Since 1988, Steve has worked on various projects at Project Zero. These projects have examined issues in arts education, alternative assessment, project-based curriculum, and school reform. He is currently Principal Investigator for The Evidence Project, the Arts Survive Research Study, the Making Learning Visible project, and the Project Zero/ International Schools Consortium Partnership. He also convenes a monthly discussion group on collaborative assessment for educators: ROUNDS at Project Zero.

Steve recently directed a collaboration that produced educational materials for the World Wide Web with The Galef Institute. He has also recently been Director of the Shakespeare & Company Research Study (Lenox, MA) and Research Director of the Project Zero/Massachusetts Schools Network, a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Education, eleven Massachusetts elementary and middle schools, and Project Zero. Steve has also been a staff researcher on Arts PROPEL, a collaborative effort of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Educational Testing Service and Project Zero; the APPLE Project (Assessing Projects and Portfolios for Learning); and the Lincoln Center/Aesthetic Education Institutes Research Project.

In addition to his research, Steve has worked as a consultant and evaluator to numerous arts and education organizations, such as the Performing Arts Program for Youth in Atlanta, GA, and the administrative team of the Danvers (MA) Public Schools. He has authored several published articles and chapters, including “Wondering To Be Done,” in Assessing Student Learning: From Grading to Understanding (David Allen, Ed., New York: Teachers College Press, 1998) and “Learning from Looking,” in With Portfolio in Hand: Validating the New Teacher Professionalism (Nona Lyons, Ed., New York: Teachers College Press, 1998).

He also co-authored a study of applications of Multiple Intelligences theory to classroom practice “Minds at Work: Applying Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom,” with Mara Krechevsky, in Intelligence, Instruction, and Assessment (Sternberg and Williams, Eds., Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1998), and the 1997 NEA publication, Portfolio Practices: Thinking through the Assessment of Children’s Work (with Joseph Walters and others).

He is contributing author in the chapter, “Children as Reflective Practitioners: Bringing Metacognition to the Classroom” (with Joseph Walters and Howard Gardner), in Creating Powerful Thinking in Teachers and Students: Diverse Perspectives (Mangieri and Block, Eds., Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1994). In addition, he is the author of numerous working papers published by Project Zero, including The Shakespeare & Company Research Study Report (1998).