We are thrilled to offer Continuing Education to professionals like you, who share our goal of creating inspiring, innovative play solutions for all communities. We offer courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on PlayPower to help maintain your accreditation.
PlayPower is an approved CE provider through the ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). Our courses are approved for LA CES 1.0 PDH
Making Magic Happen: Creating Outdoor Environments for Young Children – May 20th @ 1PM ET
Magic happens on a well-designed early childhood playground. An outside space that is well designed allows for stimulating and challenging play experiences that meet children’s ongoing developmental needs. The first five years of life are an especially critical time for brain development and forming the foundation for future learning and behavior. In this webinar, Dr. Angela Searcy will take you on a journey of discovery. Explore the importance of gross motor, pretend, and social-emotional play. Learn how to look at playground equipment with a critical eye and combine manufactured equipment with loose parts and nature play.
Speaker: Angela Searcy, EdD holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education with teacher certification through the State of Illinois, and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Development from Erikson Institute with a Developmental Therapy Credential through the State of Illinois. Angela is also the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services, providing professional development and therapy services to children and families with children aged 0–18 years of age. She is a “Master Trainer” for the Illinois State Board of Education, The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University and the Multisensory Training Institute in Massachusetts.
Angela also serves as an educational consultant throughout the Chicagoland area and an adjunct professor at Rasmussen College. Angela is a nationally recognized speaker with over 20 years of experience working with professionals, young children, and their families as an early childhood teacher, child development specialist, staff developer, mental health consultant, parent educator, language arts teacher, college professor, and tutor. Angela is a regular speaker for the Learning and the Brain Conference Sponsored by Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities.
Piaget and the Playground: Adding learning to the playground – June 17th @ 1PM ET
The benefits of playing on a playground are well known. Children can get exercise, building up their core gross muscles, and practicing balancing as well as other physical play skills. Children make friends, practice cooperative play, and other social play skills. The playground is full of sensory play experiences from spinning to touching to jumping to hearing to seeing. What hasn’t been explored as much as physical, sensory, and social play, are Piaget’s forms of cognitive play. Just as it is important to ensure a variety of physical play events, so is it important to ensure that there are opportunities for functional play, constructive play, symbolic play, and games with rules. In this webinar, we will explore the benefits of these types of play and how to implement them on the playground.
Speaker: Mara Kaplan. Mara Kaplan is an educator, an advocate for inclusive play, and a parent of a child with disabilities. Ms. Kaplan is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in inclusive play design for more than two decades. Ms. Kaplan is the editor of the Inclusive Play Design Guide and helps inform the designs for many of our inclusive products. She provides third-party certification for playground designs. She speaks around the country about her journey as a parent of a child with disabilities as well as on topics of universal design, inclusive playgrounds, and including social and cognitive play.