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One-Day Workshop:
Teaching through Play and Inquiry in Uncertain Times / A Virtual Workshop

Presented by Kristine Mraz

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What does it mean to have a child-centered classroom? How do we keep the focus on the children when we feel pulled in so many different directions? What happens in classrooms where we put kids first?

During this virtual workshop, Kristi will share with you the cascading benefits of orienting our physical, emotional, and curricular spaces on children. Cultivating our own growth-oriented, playful, and empathetic mindsets is an essential first step in redefining our schools. This virtual workshop begins with a study of the habits of mind that support teachers in creating the classroom of their dreams.

Next, we will move to a study of classroom design and its impact on learning. You'll analyze classroom environments, schedules, and routines and reflect on best practice to develop your own vision of a "kids first" classroom.

Then, we'll look at the emotional spaces in our classrooms and schools. You'll learn about the latest research on social emotional learning and how best to support the children in your care. You'll learn strategic, research-based practices for helping each child become a contributing member of their classroom community, without relying on rewards and punishment.

Finally, the day will focus on the flexibility and responsiveness we can find in every curriculum to help each child succeed. This day is an opportunity to explore, imagine, and make real the power of a child-centered classroom.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn the research behind cultivating personal growth, empathy, and a playful spirit
  • Study and design classroom environments that maximize children's independence and engagement
  • Reflect on the latest research in social-emotional learning
  • Learn strategies for supporting the emotional growth of children
  • Construct lessons and routines that reflect the uniqueness of every classroom

About the Presenter

Kristi Mraz is coauthor (with Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler) of Purposeful Play, the book that helps you make play an integral part of your teaching. Her previous title is the bestselling A Mindset for Learning (coauthored with Christine Hertz), which provides practical and compelling strategies for cultivating optimism, flexibility, and empathy alongside traditional academic skills. She is also coauthor (with Marjorie Martinelli) of Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Her latest book, coauthored by Christine Hertz, is Kids 1st from Day One, which informs this workshop.

Kristi is a recent transplant to Southern California, where she will be writing and consulting until the classroom calls again. You can follow all of her adventures on Twitter @MrazKristine or on her blog, found at

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers in grades PreK through 5, literacy coaches, special educators, reading and language art specialists, administrators, and curriculum coordinators.


Each workshop will run from 8:30am-3:30pm; please make note of the time zone! Log in at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get set up.


The cost of this workshop is $209.00 per person.

Your Privacy

Heinemann Workshops will record this virtual event, including breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording will only be shared with you and your fellow workshop attendees for 30 days. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/29/2020 - Eastern Time (ET) - Virtual Workshop, Online
12/09/2020 - Pacific Time (PT) - Virtual Workshop, Online

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