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ICD Community Symposiums

Our community symposiums bring together policymakers, leaders from schools and nonprofit organizations, and others, to discuss the latest research around early development.

The Institute of Child Development and the Minnesota Children's Museum present:

The Importance of Play for Learning

Monday, May 15, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - Noon | McNamara Alumni Center | Cost: $25

Faculty from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development (ICD), who are leading experts in their fields, will present cutting-edge research on play and its importance for learning. You will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities facilitated by teachers from ICD’s Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School. Hear how the Minnesota Children’s Museum uses research on play to enrich their practice.

This event is sold out. Please contact ICD Chief of Staff Amy Simpson to be added to the wait list.


Welcome Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor and Director, Institute of Child Development; Chair, Research Advisory Committee, Minnesota Children’s Museum
Opening Remarks The Power of Play
Stephanie Carlson, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Institute of Child Development
Symposium Talks and Activities Play: An Opportunity for Math Talk and Discovery
Beth Menninga, Project Coordinator, Center for Early Education Development

Amy Vavricka, Teacher, Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School

Play and Executive Function
Amanda Grenell, Graduate Student, Ph.D. Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development

Marie Lister, Teacher, Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School

Playful Storytelling: Using Research to Enrich Practice at the Children’s Theatre Company
Amy Susman-Stillman, Director, Assessment and Training Center, Center for Early Education Development

Kiyoko Motoyama Sims, Director of Community Engagement, Children’s Theatre Company
Closing Remarks Play: From Research to Practice at the Minnesota Children's Museum
Staff Members, Minnesota Children’s Museum

Previous community symposiums