2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play

February 15-18, 2015
Madren Center, Clemson, South Carolina

Conference sessions begin at 1 PM on Sunday, February 15, 2015. The program concludes Tuesday evening following the closing banquet, which is included with the registration.

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Attendees enjoy PLAY time!
Attendees enjoy PLAY time!

The 2015 conference will feature six tracks: Education, Programming, Park and Recreation, Health, Business/Corporate, and Children's Museums. Conference attendees will also learn from renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery. The two and a half day event will provide numerous opportunities to play, network, and collaborate. It is a gathering not to be missed!

Dr. Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 7th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His recent research focuses on the roles of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his recent book,Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books, 2013). Dr. Gray's keynote presentation will be "What Exactly Is Play and Why Is It Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?"

Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, known by many as "Dr. Kevin," is a national expert in the ADD/HD field and recognized as an early innovator who integrated the concepts of coaching and counseling seamlessly into a single process known as synergetic catalysm. Dr. Kevin is known for viewing ADD/HD as a "gift" that is "here to broaden the bandwidth of humanity." He is also an accomplished author as well as a regular media resource. Dr. Kevin's keynote will be "Managing the Gift of ADD/HD Through Play and Creativity."

You can contribute to the playful learning by submitting a session proposal for peer-review. The deadline to submit is September 30, 2014 5 PM Eastern Time. Only accepted sessions are eligible to compete for $1,000 action grant or $3,000 research grant funding, visit the links to learn about previously funded projects.

You can register to attend the 2015 Conference today; the early bird discount ends November 7, 2014.

What attendees of the 2014 conference had to say:

Participants engage in PLAYful learning during an educational session.
Participants engage in PLAYful learning during an educational session.

"So much fun! This conference is so well organized and so well put together that it is an absolute joy to attend each year."

"This is one of my favorite play conferences. I wouldn't miss it!"

"I had a wonderful time, and I'm telling all my associates they need to put the conference on their list of 'must have' experiences for 2015."

"I am a full-time play advocate. This is my #1 conference to attend."

"I've attended two previous conferences and found them valuable and fun!"

Who attends:

Attendees of the annual conference come from diverse fields including park and recreation professionals, educators, researchers, health scientists, landscape architects, business leaders, psychologists, parents, physicians, and many more.

Technology and room setup:

Each room at the conference will be equipped with a PC computer, projector, and screen for use by the presenter. Please bring your presentation on a thumbdrive/USB/flashdrive. Only the computers provided in the rooms will properly operate the technology. To ensure compatibility, we invite all presenters to send us their powerpoints prior to the conference.

If you wish for your session participants to have printed materials in hand during the conference, you will need to bring them with you as we do not have access to a copier at the conference venue.

Flip charts and markers will be available by *request only.* Please let someone at the registration desk know at least an hour prior to your presentation that you will need a flip chart and one will be brought into the room for you.



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