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Inquiry and Play as an Everyday Act / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Kristine Mraz

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 11:00am to 12:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


In this year like no other, we have had to think on our feet, create, innovate, fail, and rise again. And in this year like no other, we have questioned the fundamental notions of school and learning. As we move toward a vision of normalcy in our day-to-day lives, we must ask ourselves, how do we continue our shift to a new, better normal for children? A shift toward more engagement and agency, a focus on relationships and social connectedness, and a deeper emphasis on small-group and student-directed learning? This mini-workshop will provide five practical and accessible classroom shifts for not only our current reality but our better future. These shifts will focus on centering social-emotional development, using inquiry as a method of instruction, and leveraging children's play to support deeper academic growth.

Learning Objectives

  • Study language shifts that change lessons from direct instruction to interactive experiences and inquiry
  • Identify the value of materials, oral practice, and movement in discovering and deepening children's understandings
  • Understand the cross section of social and academic learning

About the Presenter

Kristi Mraz is a former classroom teacher with twenty years of experience. She was awarded the New York State Apple Excellence in Education Award for her play-centered classroom practices. She coauthored several books while teaching, including A Mindset for Learning and Kids First from Day One (with Christine Hertz) and Purposeful Play (with Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler). She is currently supporting schools across the country on their journey to more child-centered instruction. Kristi is on an anti-racist learning journey and working to rethink her assumptions about pedagogy and classroom practice with this lens.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades PreK-5, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.


The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/04/2021 - 11:00am-12:30pm ET, Online

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