Critical Importance of Play

A Parent and Teacher Workshop

Early childhood teachers participate in hands-on play activity.

In this workshop, neuroscience comes alive as early childhood teachers, leaders and parents explore meaningful, intentional ways to utilize focused play in early childhood classrooms and at home.

This interactive session will equip teachers and parents with research and practice to incorporate and advocate for purposeful play that develops 21st century skills in young children. Parents are also bombarded with a multitude of technology and toy options that leave them wondering what is really best for their children’s creative development outside of school. This session will help parents select materials and toys to support children’s imaginations at home.

The session will cover: the neuroscience behind executive functioning and self-regulation, the relationship between play and cognitive development, and playful learning activities teachers can incorporate in their classrooms.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
SLCCIOPS18AM Sharon Dworaczyk Off-campus 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018
SLCCIOPS18PM Sharon Dworaczyk Off-campus 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Instructor: Sharon Dworaczyk

Sharon Dworaczyk earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies with early childhood and ESL specializations from Texas A&M and an M.S. in early childhood from University of Houston – Clear Lake. Sharon taught three-year-old and pre-kindergarten classes for eight years in Houston area private schools. She has also taught kindergarten and first grade classes at Creative Writing Camp (CWC) for 15 summers and acted as site supervisor the past four summers. Sharon was a nominee for the 1997 HAAEYC (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children) Classroom Teacher of the Year award and was named HAAEYC’s Teacher Educator of the Year in 2005. Sharon trained as a resident with School Literacy and Culture in 1996 and has been mentoring with SLC in toddler through 2nd grade classrooms since 1999. She also acts as special projects coordinator for SLC.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 28, 2018

End Date: Feb. 28, 2018

Schedule: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $35

Location: School Literacy & Culture Office, International Bank of Commerce, Suite 690 | 5615 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77005

SECTION: SLCCIOPS18PM
INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Dworaczyk
FORMAT: Off-campus
SCHEDULE: 5:30-8 p.m.
START DATE: Feb. 28, 2018

Instructor: Sharon Dworaczyk

Sharon Dworaczyk earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies with early childhood and ESL specializations from Texas A&M and an M.S. in early childhood from University of Houston – Clear Lake. Sharon taught three-year-old and pre-kindergarten classes for eight years in Houston area private schools. She has also taught kindergarten and first grade classes at Creative Writing Camp (CWC) for 15 summers and acted as site supervisor the past four summers. Sharon was a nominee for the 1997 HAAEYC (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children) Classroom Teacher of the Year award and was named HAAEYC’s Teacher Educator of the Year in 2005. Sharon trained as a resident with School Literacy and Culture in 1996 and has been mentoring with SLC in toddler through 2nd grade classrooms since 1999. She also acts as special projects coordinator for SLC.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 28, 2018

End Date: Feb. 28, 2018

Schedule: 5:30-8 p.m.

Fee: $35

Location: School Literacy & Culture Office, International Bank of Commerce, Suite 690 | 5615 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77005