Play + Academics+ Relationships: Teaching in Ways Kindergarteners Learn Best and Transforming Kindergarten to Promote Impactful Learning Series

Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
At one time children in kindergarten played to learn throughout much of the school day. They explored and they made friends. But in the past few decades, the pendulum has swung almost entirely in the opposite direction. Kindergartners spend much more of their days receiving rote instruction in reading and math with limited options for choice, exploration and play. Research over the past decade shows how kindergarten has changed with some asking if kindergarten is now the “new first grade.” In 2016, researchers published a study with that title showing kindergartners were exposed to more reading and math content in 2010 than in 1998. More exposure to math and reading isn’t a bad thing, but as with all things implementation and delivery matter. Play is learning — through guided play, exploration, relationships and conversations, teachers can transform learning for children from something teacher-directed and constrained to something engaging and interactive that is much more meaningful and impactful. Our panelists for this session include experts from research and the classroom. Nell Duke, Ed.D., of Stand for Children will discuss the strategies educators can use to better bridge pre-K and kindergarten. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., of Temple University and the Brookings Institution will highlight what it looks like to use the science of learning and guided play in real classrooms. Anya Hurwitz, Ed.D., of Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) will delve into using culturally and linguistically affirming strategies to ensure rich learning opportunities and environments. Deborah Leong, Ph.D., of Tools of the Mind will discuss the power of play, peer scaffolding and helping children set learning goals. Our educator panelists Luis Gallego, M.A.Ed. of Tools of the Mind along with Cynthia Crespo and Seymonnia Cutkelvin of New York City Schools will discuss the strategies and tools they use to meet each child where they are. Please join me on November 29, from 3–4:30 p.m. ET, as we highlight the most important research findings on teaching and learning in kindergarten, explore teaching strategies and approaches that meet the individual needs of young children and help them learn at their best, and elevate educator insights.
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