Other Webinars of Interest

Getting Serious About Play!

Wednesday, July 19 • 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT

Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University - Frontiers of Innovation Webinar Series

The webinar will explore this topic through two presentations. Sarah Wolman of the LEGO Foundation will talk about the value of Learning through Play as an approach for engaging children and families, with concrete illustrations of the characteristics of playful experiences that support learning and growth. Nell Robinson of Childhaven will present on a game-playing intervention that is part of the Frontiers of Innovation portfolio. This project tests the hypothesis that structured, rule-based play can promote the development of executive function skills, as rule-guided behavior is not only central to the concept of executive function, but structured, pre-defined game rules may also be comforting for children with unpredictable home lives.

Together these two presentations will highlight how the ingredients of play are precisely the ones that fuel learning: providing opportunities for novel experiences, active engagement, and learning from peers and adults, along with helping to promote lower levels of anxiety.

Register today. Note: WebEx will be used to host this webinar. To be sure WebEx works on your computer, try a test meeting: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html.

Mark your calendars for the next webinar in this series, Wednesday, September 20. The topic will be emotional connection and co-regulation.

Evaluation as a Tool for Creative Placemaking

Thursday, July 27 • 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

This webinar is the first in a series on evaluating arts programs. Speakers will discuss the role of evaluation in three different creative placemaking projects and the development of each project's theory of change. The importance of collaboration among stakeholders will be highlighted. The webinar will also include a Q&A discussion and provide information on the NEA's upcoming creative placemaking grant opportunity.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not possible. Please join the webinar at 1:30 p.m. on July 27 by visiting https://www.arts.gov/event/2017/evaluation-tool-creative-placemaking. Listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-719457-1424. Use participant code 870335.

An archive of the webinar will be available to download after its broadcast.