January 2020 #WePlayChat – A New Decade of Play

Join us on Tuesday, January 28 at 4:00pm EST as we welcome co-moderator Ryan Fahey from Ottawa, Canada to discuss the topic, “A New Decade of Play”.

Starting this month, #WePlayChat will have a new look at feel. We are changing the flow of these professional learning opportunities. Moving forward, we will cover the who, what, how and why during each chat. We look forward to the enriching dialogue this will create in 2020.


About The Moderator

Ryan Fahey is a dedicated husband, two-time author, international speaker, teacher, and consultant in the fields of wellness education, leadership and business development. Ryan serves as the Lead for Special Projects and Campaigns at Physical and Health Education Canada as well as Play Ambassador Coordinator for the US Play Coalition. During his free time, you can find Ryan on the trails, reading a good book or drinking great coffee with his wife Amber. Ryan and his wife both reside in beautiful Ottawa, ON and continues to be a strong advocate for play in the north.

Here are the questions Ryan will be covering during the #WePlayChat dialogue:

Q1. Who will lead innovative play initiatives in this new decade?
Q2. What do you think the next ten years of play will look like?
Q3. How will new play programs, initiatives and campaigns look in this new decade?
Q4. Why will it be more important than ever for people to play in this next decade?


#WePlayChat is our monthly Twitter chat for anyone seeking to gain knowledge around the wide open field of play. Launched in 2016, our #WePlayChat participants come from 9 countries, spanning 4 continents – all tuning in to connect around PLAY.  This FREE professional learning opportunity is a great way to connect with fellow play enthusiasts, teachers and experts from across the globe.

We love sharing the voice of play on Twitter through our #WePlayChat.  We have our chats at different times on different days to get the most involvement across our membership.  You will not want to miss them! Tune in and to join in and contribute to the conversation around the value of play.


The ABCs of the 2020 Play Conference Educational Sessions
and Research Symposium

The full detailed schedule is coming soon with even more session titles…but until then, below is an alphabetical list of the Educational Sessions and Research Symposium Sessions that have been confirmed for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.

Check back often because we will update the list as our presenters continue to confirm their sessions.

          

 

  • “As a parent, if I can…”: Parents’ Perception and Design of Children’s Out of School Time
  • Adapting Play for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Applying a Task-Person-Environment Approach to Designing Play Studies
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Student Potential with Inclusive Coordinative Classroom Play
  • Building an Outdoor Classroom anywhere
  • COMMUNITY EDinburgh (Inspiration from Scotland)
  • Creativity and Outdoor Play – The Recipe for All Children
  • Determining Obesity Rates in Children with Multiple Play Breaks in Schools Daily
  • Documenting Children’s Play: Including the Child’s Voice
  • Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth Through Meaningful Play and Recreation Opportunities
  • Examining the link between recess quality and classroom behavior in elementary school children
  • Families and Play
  • For the Love of Lycra: Stretch, Feel, Laugh, Play
  • From Freedom to Liberation to Revolution: Anji Play Stories from The Anji Interviews
  • Getting Teens to Play
  • Green Schoolyards – Neighborhood Amenity to National Necessity
  • Guide to Implementing Play Streets in Rural Communities: A Tool to Increase Active Play Opportunities for Children
  • Hidden Children
  • How Principles in Play Connect to Pedagogy in Gifted Education and Talent Development
  • Keeping Recess in Indoor Recess
  • Listening to Children: Exploring the Legacy of Vivian Paley
  • Modifying Play Environments for Sensory Processing Differences
  • Moving the Temperature Needle: Cooling and Greening Playgrounds
  • Neurodiversity and Play
  • Play as a Parallel Process for Learning
  • Play as Therapy for Helping Families Heal & Grow
  • Play Based Curriculum for Humanities in Museum Environments
  • Play is for teens, too! Employing teens during the summer to be Play Captains
  • Play on Purpose: Putting the Power of Play to Work in Retirement
  • Playing the Eduspeak Speak Game: Tips on Aligning Lessons with Play Principles
  • Playing with Disability: Loose Parts, Outdoor Play, and Occupational Therapy
  • Ready, S-E-T, Go: Building a Culture of Social and Emotional Learning
  • Religion and the Biological and Cultural and Evolution of Child’s Play
  • Say “Yes!” to Kids with Disabilities: Stories and Strategies for including ALL kids
  • The Influence of Preschool Educators’ Beliefs about Play-Based Learning on Instructional Delivery
  • The Power of Play for ALL Ages
  • Unstructured Play in Schools is Linked to Positive Health Benefits for Teachers
  • Using Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) to Promote Relationship and Connection
  • Why We Play and Why We Will Continue to Play in Pickens County
  • Yes, And: The Power of Teaching with Improvisational Play

 

Be sure to REGISTER TODAY because the early bird deadline for this PLAYful conference is February 15.

…and MANY, MANY MORE!!  You don’t want to miss this exciting professional development opportunity!  Join us at the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29 – April 1 at Clemson University.

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.


Reflecting on Play
from Back in the Day

As a kid your imagination is filled with toys, video games, monsters, sports and a room full of blank canvases to allow your brain to explore. When I was a kid growing up in inner-city New Jersey, most of my afternoons and weekends were surrounded by family members and friends.

The first thing I can vividly remember doing as a kid was learning how to play football from my mother and father, who in his past was a 2x all-state high school selection. Early on, I would be out in the neighborhood with my cousins and friends playing street football with my mother watching nervously from the side, praying I didn’t get hurt playing with teenagers three times my size and 10 years older than me. Football remained a love of mine until 7th grade.

My grandmother bought me a mongoose bike, black and orange interior design with black rims and wheels with orange handlebars and pedals. Riding that bike was my favorite thing to do after school, besides throwing the football. You could bet your top dollar I was gonna be riding down the biggest hills, curviest roads, and most dangerous turns every single day.

I once had a bad experience in my playful childhood. I had sandals on, and I was about 6 years old, speeding down the hill on my bike. I noticed I was going too fast and tried to use my brakes, but the speed was overwhelming. I ended up using my sandals and scraped all of my toes and blood was everywhere. I remember sitting in the middle of the street crying and my grandmother picking me up, cleaning me off, and giving me a lollipop. Once I recovered from my gruesome injuries, I did not ride my bike for weeks.

On weekends, I would play video games with my friends and cousins, but my favorite thing we did was play hide and go seek and tag until the street lights came on.

Playing outside and being away from my room was the cool thing to do when I was a kid, and I took every advantage of being active, free, and young as much as I could. Being outside taught me my love for sports and what it meant to be full of life and imagination.

 

 

 

Aamir Simms is a junior at Clemson University and an intern for the US Play Coalition.

 


Here is your LAST CHANCE to
GIVE THE GIFT OF PLAY with a
year-end donation to our Grants Fund

Inspired by the generosity of so many, we are extending our action and research grant fundraising effort through December 31. Please support our action and research grants with a gift of any denomination to the US Play Coalition.

We will give 100% of all donations made through December 31, 2019, to our grants fund. There are no hidden costs or fees…everything we raise through the end of the year goes to our 2020 grants. Please go online to GIVE PLAY- http://bit.ly/DonatePlay

YOU can support PLAY by donating to our Action and Research Grants for playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement. Big or small, your gift MATTERS!!

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded close to $60,000 in funding to date.   The 2019 grant winners are bringing play to children in Baltimore and Frisco, Texas, providing Spanish tools for families to understand the benefits of toys and developing a tool to assess the quality and efficacy of outdoor play environments.  Check out all of the projects our grants have supported over the years – https://usplaycoalition.org/action-research-grants

Our 2019 goal is to fund at least one Research Grant and one Action Grant at our upcoming 2020 Play Conference.  All funds raised through 12/31/19 will go to our grant fund – 100% of it!

YOU can help us provide action and research grants in 2020 with your gift!  We can’t wait to share the future of play with you!

 

 

The U.S. Play Coalition
The U.S. Play Coalition is an international network of individuals and organizations that promotes the value of play throughout life. Formed in 2009, the coalition is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The coalition is housed in Clemson University’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management department, part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.


Conservation Champion & Power PLAYer Lise Aangeenbrug Joins 2020 Play Conference Headliners

The US Play Coalition is proud to announce Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation, as the latest addition to the keynote lineup for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29-April 1, at Clemson University.

For the last 30 years, Lise’s career has been in service of protecting land and wildlife habitat, building parks and trails, and connecting communities to the outdoors.  Lise currently serves as the Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Outdoor Industry Association.  The Foundation is on a mission to get everyone to thrive outside.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the executive vice president for the National Park Foundation and the executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.

Upon taking the helm of the Outdoor Foundation in 2018, Lise said that she looked forward to working with her stakeholders “to collectively inspire the next generation to PLAY in and love the outdoors.”

 

“Lise is a leader in the outdoor industry with experience in conservation and connecting people to the outdoors through the Thrive Outside Community Initiative and similar efforts.  We can’t wait to hear her insights on getting kids, families and entire communities PLAYING outside!” says Stephanie Garst, executive director of the US Play Coalition.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

  

Innovative Public School Advocate to give PLAYtalk on Play and Wellness in Education

Michael J. Hynes, Ed.D., will be a PLAYtalk presenter at the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29-April 1, 2020, in Clemson, South Carolina.

Hynes is an educator, scholar, and thought leader. A superintendent of public schools on Long Island, New York, it’s his mission to spread the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. Dr. Hynes, an innovative public school advocate and university lecturer, has made contributions regarding the importance of play and recess in schools as well as yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He has also published numerous articles and featured in numerous podcasts on school leadership.

His article on “Play, Recess and Mental Health” was #1 for 2018 in EDUCATION WEEK.

Dr. Hynes’ 2020 PLAYtalk presentation will be “Creating a School Vision of Play and Wellness: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Education,” addressing how do schools can create a vision and mission that embody a balanced approach to education with play and wellness as its main driver.

PLAYtalks are our version of TED Talks at the annual Play Conference. They are a series of 15-20 minute dynamic, entertaining, enlightening, engaging, inspiring, informative talks by thought leaders in the play world.

Dr. Hynes will also be leading a roundtable for school administrators at the Play Conference.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

 

Chief Medical Officer of WebMD to Headline the 2020 Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce that John Whyte, MD, MPH, will be a keynote panelist for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29-April 1, at Clemson University.

Dr. John Whyte is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.

He is currently the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD.  In this role, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues.

Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist and continues to see patients.  He has written extensively in the medical and lay press, including two best-selling books, “Is This Normal:  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond” and “AARP New American Diet:  Lose Weight, Live Longer.”  He is passionate about changing how we think about health.

Having spent time in government, academia, and the private sector, Dr. Whyte brings a unique perspective to the annual Power PLAYer Panel that will address the theme of “PLAY FOR ALL.”  Whyte will share insights on social media, consumerism, health and the connection to play.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

  

Here is YOUR chance to GIVE the
gift of PLAY on Giving TuesPLAY!

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is #GivingTuesday. It is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the US Play Coalition will be a part of #GivingTuesday, encouraging YOU to support PLAY by donating to our Action and Research Grants for playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement. We call it Giving TuesPLAY! (Get it?!) Big or small, your gift MATTERS!!

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded close to $60,000 in funding to date.   The 2019 grant winners are bringing play to children in Baltimore and Frisco, Texas, providing Spanish tools for families to understand the benefits of toys and developing a tool to assess the quality and efficacy of outdoor play environments.  Check out all of the projects our grants have supported over the years – https://usplaycoalition.org/action-research-grants

Our 2019 Giving TuesPLAY goal is to fund at least one Research Grant and one Action Grant at our upcoming 2020 Play Conference.  All funds raised on Giving TuesPLAY go to our grant fund – 100% of it!

YOU can help us provide action and research grants in 2020 with your Giving TuesPLAY gift!  Join the global movement and donate on Tuesday, December 3! Big or small, your gift MATTERS!! We can’t wait to share the future of play with you!

 

 

The U.S. Play Coalition
The U.S. Play Coalition is an international network of individuals and organizations that promotes the value of play throughout life. Formed in 2009, the coalition is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The coalition is housed in Clemson University’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management department, part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.


Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Outstanding Researcher and Youth Practitioner Awards

The U.S. Play Coalition is now accepting nominations for its 2020 awards program, recognizing outstanding play research and youth practitioners.

First awarded at the 2017 Conference on the Value of Play, our awards program honors exceptional individuals each year.  The 2020 winners not only receive a physical award, but also have conference fees paid, hotel accommodations and up to $500 in travel to attend the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.  Deadline for nominations is 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2019.

Joe L. Frost Award for Distinguished Research

The Joe L. Frost Award for Distinguished Research is given annually in recognition of a body of exceptional research that has enhanced and expanded the study of play.

Frost is the Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is known across the world for his more than 30 years of work on early childhood and children’s play environments. Past president of both the Association for Childhood Education International and International Play Association/USA, he is the author or co-author of 18 books and numerous publications and has also served as a consultant for playgrounds worldwide.

Frost was influential in the creation of the U.S. Play Coalition, serving as a steering committee member since the coalition’s beginning in 2009. He served as a keynote speaker that year at the coalition’s first conference – then called the Summit on the Value of Play –and has been an honorary chair for each successive conference.

YLI Youth Development Practitioner Award

The U.S. Play Coalition teamed with Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute for the Youth Development Practitioner Award. The award recognizes outstanding performance in the creation and implementation of youth development programs or services. (The nominee does NOT have to be affiliated with Clemson University.)

“There are many deserving practitioners across the nation, and our goal with this award is to bring recognition to this field of service,” said Stephen Lance, executive director of the Youth Learning Institute.


November #WePlayChat: The Importance of Free Play for Child Development

Join us on Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00pm EST as we welcome co-moderator Kimberly Hart, Content Developer for AAA State of Play, to discuss the topic, “The Importance of Free Play for Child Development.”

Kimberly Hart is a play advocate, hiker, writer and volunteer. Proud mother to two fearless wildflowers, she firmly believes that #PlayMatters!

Below are the questions that Kimberly will use to guide this professional development opportunity:

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Q1. How would you define “free play” or “unstructured play”?

Q2. What are some benefits of free play that you would like to share?

Q3. How does free play benefit a child’s emotional health and growth?

Q4. How can we create more opportunities for free play for today’s children?

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#WePlayChat is our monthly Twitter chat for anyone seeking to gain knowledge around the wide open field of play. Launched in 2016, our #WePlayChat participants come from 9 countries, spanning 5 continents – all tuning in to connect around PLAY. #WePlayChat is the largest monthly Play based twitter chat in the world. This FREE professional learning opportunity is a great way to connect with fellow play enthusiasts, teachers and experts from across the globe.

We love sharing the voice of play on Twitter through our #WePlayChat.  We have our chats at different times on different days to get the most involvement across our membership.  You will not want to miss them! Tune in and to join in and contribute to the conversation around the value of play.