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Monday, July 11 • 9:00am - 10:20am
Value of Play in Education

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Play is a critical component in development of the whole child.  Social skills such as leadership,cooperation and conflict resolution are learned navigating a child's world through play. Physical activity is a key component of play and sets the stage for lifelong healthy habits in addition to building confidence and providing opportunities to practice problem-solving skills. Literacy, geography and more can be learned through play environments developed to support a school's commitment to their student community. Creating a space that fosters play in many ways can impact the classroom and beyond.

Using the Lausanne Discovery Center as an example, experience how learning occurs through play. Learn how you can bring an impactful learning environment, with a value on play, to your school. Hear from Lausanne leader, Kara Barber about her collaboration with students and playground consultants to bring their ideas to reality and the positive impacts on the learning environment and Lausanne community.



Kara Barbour

Lausanne Collegiate School - Lower-School Head
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John McConkey

Market Insights Manager, Landscape Structures
John McConkey serves as Market Insights and Education Manager at Landscape Structures. He brings over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, and offers a unique perspective on health, fitness and children’s play on the playground. Since 2002, John has researched and tracked... Read More →
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Dan Stewart

Principal, Recreational Concepts
Recreational Concepts - Playground Consultant The value of educational, inclusive and healthy play design.

Monday July 11, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
UMS 102