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When Play is More than Just “Playing”: Delivering Intentional Instruction through Daily Interactions

Thu October 19, 2017: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar

We often say, “Play is the work of the child.” But do we really believe in the power of play and its impact on a child’s development and learning trajectories? In this age of accountability, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most and begin to value formal instructional approaches and the teaching of isolated skills. This webinar provides research on the efficacy of creating embedded learning opportunities and the importance of being a good play partner. Recommended practices for supporting the whole child, as well as strategies on how to be a good play partner, even for those “hard to reach” children, are provided.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit


Due to COVID-19, the ability to access face-to-face professional development has become very limited.  Thus the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) has agreed to offer CE credit for this archived OneOp Early Intervention webinar for ILLINOIS providers through Jun. 30, 2024.  Individuals seeking CE credit to be used towards other state or agency credentials should contact their credentialing/licensing agency for guidance.

Click the button below for CE credit or Certificate of Attendance. 
You will be prompted to complete an evaluation after which a link will be provided.
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Presenter Information

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at her website.

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