#WePlayChat is our monthly professional development opportunity from the US Play Coalition for anyone seeking to gain knowledge around the wide open field of play. #WePlayChat also serves as a platform to engage and network with other organizations and individuals through social media. What’s even better?! We are bringing the play content to you completely free of charge.
#WePlayChat-ers to date include teachers, playground organizations, play and recess advocates and other play enthusiasts from coast to coast as well as from across the globe – all tuning in to connect around PLAY. Our #WePlayChat participants come from 9 countries, spanning 5 continents.
Each month we share the voice of play on Twitter through these #WePlayChats. Each month has a different play topic and a co-moderator with expertise in that specific play theme. We have #WePlayChat 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 the conversation around the value of play. This FREE professional learning opportunity is a great way to connect with fellow play enthusiasts, teachers and experts from the across the globe from the comfort of your own environs.
Find us on Twitter @USPlayCoalition
Here is a sample of our #WePlayChat topics:
Inaugural #WePlayChat on “Why We Play”
with US Play Coalition Exec Director Stephanie Garst and Play Ambassador Coordinator Ryan Fahey
“The Joys Of Unstructured Play”
with co-moderator Rae Pica, education consultant and author
“Play to Support Growth & Well Being”
with co-moderator Kimberly Hart of AAAStateofPlay.com
with co-moderator US Paralympian Jill Moore
“Creating a Healthier Life by Participating in Play”
with co-moderator Darryl Edwards; Creator of the Primal Play Method™ (London, England)
“Play and Millennials”
with co-moderator Dr. Heather Von Bank from Minnesota State University-Mankato
“Making Fitness a Playful Pursuit in Education”
with co-moderator Dale Sidebottom, owner of Energetic Education
“How Communities Can Promote Play”
with co-moderator Carly Demanett of the Eugene Civic Alliance (Eugene, OR)
with co-moderator Reilly Bergin Wilson of play:groundNYC
“The Relationship Between Sport and Play”
with co-moderator Mark Cooper, Former Head of Communications for the International Olympic Committee
“Back to School” #WePlayChat on “The Importance of Recess”
with co-moderator Debbie Rhea of the LIINK Project
“Play Around the World”
with co-moderator Mathias Poulsen of CounterPlay
CounterPlay is an international NGO, festival & community aiming to make the world more playful.
“Play Based Experiential Learning”
with co-moderator Amowi Phillips, social innovator and concept team leader of the Mmofra Foundation. Mmofra Foundation is part of Playtime in Africa, a children’s park and natural learning project in Accra, Ghana which is the only one of its kind in the country.