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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Critical Importance of Play

At this daylong conference, neuroscience comes alive as early childhood teachers, parents, and administrators explore meaningful, intentional ways to utilize focused play in early childhood classrooms. Interactive sessions equip teachers with research and practice to incorporate and advocate for purposeful play that develops 21st-century skills in young children.

Breakout sessions will cover:

  • The neuroscience behind executive functioning and self-regulation
  • The relationship between play and cognitive development
  • Playful learning activities teachers can incorporate in their classrooms

Where: Rice University
Who Should Attend: Early childhood teachers (toddlers through first grade), administrators, literacy coaches and parents

“Play helps children make sense of their world and gives them an opportunity to learn how to get along, think, communicate, make decisions, delay gratification, solve problems, and build confidence ... skills that not only the support the development of happy, productive children but also produce happy, productive adults!” -Linda Gillespie, “It’s Never ‘Just Play’!” Young Children, Volume 71, No. 3: 21st Century Teaching and Learning, July 2016

The Critical Importance of Play conference was inspired by a workshop held for teachers and administrators on February 2, 2016 that was featured in "Rice at Large."

Course Details

Critical Importance of Play - FULL
  • Led by SLC Staff
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One Saturday
Oct. 1
Time of Day
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuition Fee
By Sept. 1: $109
After Sept. 1: $129
Groups of 4+ by Sept. 1: $99
After Sept. 1: $119
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"I expected to learn about brain development. But I loved the way the material was presented with hands-on and group learning activities. This provided proof of the importance of play across all areas of child development."

- Critical Importance of Play Participant