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Join the Philadelphia Declaration of Play for a day-long event with three internationally recognized leaders in the movement to improve the quality of childhood and society. The morning keynote session features Susan Linn, Ph.D. (Director, Commercial Free Childhood), Joan Almon (Co-Founder of the Alliance for Childhood), and Penny WIlson (Playworker in London, England), with discussant Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. In the afternoon, local experts and advocates will lead break out sessions where particpants will learn more about integrating ideas into meaningful social action. Includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Participants will receive a list of break out sessions via email when registration is complete.
Continuing education credits are available from Bryn Mawr College for social workers and counselors, and from Widener University for psychologists:
1) Continuing education credit for this program is provided by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 3 credit hours. As a CSWE accredited program, Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in PA and many other states.
Or 2) Three CE credits will be offered to participants for completing post-workshop forms. The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Widener University maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
The Philadelphia Declaration of Play is also offering PQAS (PA Quality Assurance System) Professional Development Hours for OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning) funded daycare centers. Examples of OCDEL funded initiatives include providers participating in the Keystone Stars, Pre-K Counts, Nurse Family Practitioner, Keystone Babies, and Head Start Supplemental initiatives). Staff of OCDEL funded centers will receive three (3) hours for the morning keynote session. Please register under CE credits to ensure that you receive your hours.
Directions and Accommodations
For directions to Smith Memorial Playground for events on Friday, September 20 and Sunday, September 22, please visit: http://smithplayground.org/directions/
On Saturday, September 21, events at Bryn Mawr College will take place in and near Thomas Great Hall.
For directions to Bryn Mawr College, please visit: http://www.brynmawr.edu/campus/directions.html
On campus, the closest parking lot to Thomas Great Hall is the Campus Center Lot. For parking lot directions, please click here.
For participants requiring overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. To make a reservation, log on to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/e7dc8364 or call 888.233.9527 and mention that you are attending the Philadelphia Declaration of Play. A group rate will be offered until the cutoff date of August 28th, after which all rates will be based upon availability.
Keynote Session Speakers and Discussant
Joan Almon co-founded the Alliance for Childhood with educators and health professionals who were deeply concerned about the decline in children’s health and well-being. For the past eight years the Alliance has focused on restoring creative play to children’s lives. Earlier, Joan was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher and international consultant. Much of what she learned about play came from the children she worked with.
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she serves as Director of the Temple Infant and Child Laboratory. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early language development, literacy and infant cognition has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and Human Development and the Department of Education (IES) resulting in 11 books and over 150 publications. With her long time collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is a recipient of The APA Bronfenbrenner Award for lifetime contribution to the science of developmental psychology in the service of science and society and the APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. She also received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award and Paul Eberman Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, served as the Associate Editor of Child Development and treasurer of the International Association for Infant Studies. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Kathy is deeply invested in bridging the gap between research and practice. To that end, she was a researcher on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, co-developed the language and literacy preschool curricula for the State of California, was the co-founder of the Ultimate Block Party (www.ultimateblockparty.com) and Learn (www. LearnNow.org), The Learning Resource Network. She serves on the advisory boards of Disney Junior, Fred Rogers Center, Jumpstart, The New York Hall of Science and the Dupage Children’s Museum and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
Susan Linn is co-founder and director of The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized expert on creative play and the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. An award winning ventriloquist and children’s entertainer, Dr. Linn is internationally known for her innovative work using puppets in child psychotherapy. Susan has lectured about play, and about the impact of media and marketing on children, throughout North America and in South America, Europe, and Asia.
Penny Wilson is a Play Development Worker at the Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH), a non-profit organization based in the East End of London that supports play in an overcrowded, poor, increasingly urban setting. Penny has been a playworker since the mid-1980′s, and for a large part of that time she worked at Chelsea Adventure Playground, an inclusive site where disabled children and their peers could play together. She has also worked extensively across the United States with the Alliance for Childhood partnering with communities, organizations, museums, and parks to understand the importance of play.