Playful Learning in the Primary Classroom

Friday, May 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featuring Steven Levy, Nationally Recognized Author and Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education Consultant

Registration and Fees

$139 (non-refundable) per person. Space is limited. Registration includes snacks and lunch. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

For questions, or special dietary or other requests, please call 585-263-2700.

About the Conference

This all-day conference explores the potential for play to support learning and development for students in kindergarten through second grade. A keynote presentation by author and educational consultant Steven Levy is followed by interactive workshops, a thought-provoking panel discussion, and museum exploration. Together, participants discover the role that play, movement, stories, and imagination have in preparing students for success in school and in life.

8:30 a.m. Check-in
9 a.m. Welcome
9:25 a.m. Characteristics of Primary Learner
10:25 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. Children Learn Through Play
11:45 a.m. Lunch and museum exploration
12:45 p.m. Environment activities
2 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Panel discussion
3 p.m. Closing remarks

About the Presenters

Steven Levy

After 28 years in the classroom, Steven Levy consults throughout the United States and the world—independently, and with EL Education, a nationally known not-for-profit organization serving kindergarten through Grade 12 students and teachers in more than 39 states. Levy guides educators in designing service-based curriculum, engaging instructional practices, and student-owned assessments.

Levy’s accolades include Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year, the Disney American Teacher Awards for national Outstanding General Elementary Teacher, the Autodesk National Teacher Award for impact on project-based learning, and the John F. Kennedy Prize for the teaching of history. Levy has written numerous articles for educational journals, and his book, Starting From Scratch (Heinemann, 1996), details some of the projects and students he has worked with in his elementary classrooms.

Debbie McCoy

Debbie McCoy is assistant vice president for education at The Strong, where she directs all museum education programs, including the Woodbury School, and leads professional development training in playful learning and the play-based Reggio Emilia approach for educators across the country. In 2010, she participated in a North American Study Tour of the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. As a founding teacher of the Genesee Community Charter School at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Debbie implemented the innovative Expeditionary Learning model there and has presented national seminars for Expeditionary Learning Schools.

About The Strong

The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. Through its school lessons and professional development programs, The Strong serves thousands of students, pre- and in-service teachers,  administrators, curriculum development professionals, and other early childhood professionals each year.

The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.