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Supporting Playful Learning at School and at Home

Monday October 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Playful Learning

Presented by Susan Friedman, Senior Director of Publishing and Professional Learning, NAEYC; and Kara Myers, Professional Learning Specialist, NAEYC
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning

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When teachers and families develop positive reciprocal relationships they together set the stage for children’s optimal learning and development. Often times teachers ask, “How can I explain developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the value of playful learning to families?”

In this edWebinar, using the principles of family-centered care, Susan Friedman and Kara Myers, both from NAEYC, share some key guiding principles for engaging diverse families in and out of the classroom. They discuss ideas and resources teachers can use as they share information with families about what DAP means and the value of playful learning. Susan and Karaalso review highlights from Teaching Young Children’s popular Message in a Backpack feature focusing on family conferences, math and other topics teachers can share with families for at home learning.

By watching this edWebinar viewers will:

  • Be able to name and describe the principles of family-centered care and engaging diverse families
  • Understand that the principles of family-centered care are the foundation for effective communication
  • Gain tips for effectively describing DAP to families
  • Gain information about effectively sharing the value of playful learning with families
  • Learn about NAEYC resources that support family engagement at home and school on many topics

PreK teachers and librarians will benefit from watching this recorded session.

Susan FriedmanAbout the Presenters
Susan Friedman is the senior director of publishing and professional learning at NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). In this role she leads the business strategy and content development work of NAEYC’s books and periodicals publishing and professional learning teams. Early childhood educators rely on NAEYC’s content on research and best practices they can apply directly to their classrooms. They also turn to NAEYC’s digital and professional learning tools such as Hello.naeyc.org to connect with each other and share ideas. Susan is currently coauthoring a book for NAEYC on developmentally appropriate technology practice. She has extensive experience in creating content on developmentally appropriate uses of media, play, and other topics for educators and families. Susan began her career as a preschool teacher in New York City. She holds degrees from Vassar College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kara MyersKara Myers is a professional learning specialist at NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She has over 15 years of experience training and mentoring preschool teachers. At NAEYC Kara leads and develops in-person trainings and workshops and has also developed many of NAEYC’s popular online modules. Kara has a graduate degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Kaplan Early Learning Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning.

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