Based on his ongoing research at Project Zero, the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, Ritchhart will explore why and how integrating art in the classroom fosters powerful learning opportunities and promotes creative teaching. Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Project Zero where his work focuses on such issues as teaching for understanding, the development of intellectual character, creative teaching, making students' thinking visible, and the development of school and classroom culture. His research and writings have informed the work of schools, school systems, and museums throughout the world. Ritchhart's latest book, Making Thinking Visible (2011), was written with Mark Church and Karin Morrison. Please visit the Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes for more information. The Clarice Smith American Art Education Initiative is supported by a generous gift from the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.