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Workshops and Presentations

Empowered by Play’s interactive workshops and engaging presentations are available for parents and professionals. We cover a wide range of topics and can tailor each workshop to meet your organization’s needs. Contact Empowered by Play to discuss availability of large and small group sessions:

  • Why Play is Important
  • Learning Through Play
  • Helping Children and Families Get “Unplugged”
  • Blocks 2.0: The Case for Block Play in the Digital Age
  • Choosing Good Toys
  • Advertising and How it Affects Family Life
  • Quality Infant and Toddler Play
  • Six, Going on Sixteen
  • Building Positive Relationships and Communicating Effectively with Families

For questions about fees, content and scheduling, please contact us at [email protected]

Sample of recent presentations and workshops:

Learning Through Play Graham Windham, New York, New York

NYSAEYC Annual Conference, Rye, NY; Blocks 2.0: The Case for Block Play in the Digital Age

Early Years Institute Conference Playing and Learning in the Age of Hyper-Media, Islandia, NY

From “Six, Going on Sixteen” to “Empowered by Play“: Turning Issues in to Opportunities; Consuming Kids Summit in Boston, MA

Batteries Not Included; co-presented with TRUCE steering committee member Sarae Pacetta; MassAEYC Annual Conference

Screening and discussion of film “Where do the Children Play?”; Joined Mary Rothschild of Healthy Media Choices for presentation at In Defense of Childhood: Play and Active Learning in Urban Schools; City College of New York

Empowering students to get down to the business of learning through play; Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum in New Orleans, LA (presented with Empowered by Play Board of Directors Member, Kathy Clunis)

Six, Going on Sixteen at the CEASE session, NAEYC Annual Conference, Washington DC (presented with Empowered by Play Board of Advisers Member, Diane Levin)

What Makes a Good Toy? presented to teen parents at the Open Space in Newburgh, NY

Uniondale Public Library, Uniondale, NY; Why Play is Important

Praise for Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin and Empowered by Play:

Geralyn’s article should be widely read by parents, teachers and school administrators- but also by politicians who often buy into the testing and standards mania. It is essential education she is writing about – not just “fun activities” after the serious work is done. The quotes from the children, too, are wonderful – totally convincing, they convey a world of curiosity, interest and wonder.
-Brenda Engel
Lesley College
Cambridge, MA

I got my Community Playthings Newsletter yesterday. And there was your article. It is terrific. Teachers like you should write about their teaching. It hasn’t been happening enough in recent years. I’m sending my play students to the article [website].
-Diane Levin, Ph.D.
Wheelock College

As someone also dedicated to preserving play in the lives of children I really appreciate your site.
-Nicholas Meier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
CSU Monterey Bay

I really enjoyed your presentation at the media institute. It was inspiring to see what you did in your own classroom and in the school community. I wish I had the opportunity to work with you and your colleagues.
-Chris Gerzon,
Concord, Massachusetts

I just read your article on age compression in Rethinking Schools. I am in awe of your resourcefulness, creativity and dedication in the face of this devastating situation for our children. Thank you!
-Karen Payne
Founder of WildZone, Berkley, California

Our family has learned so much from you about the effects of media on children and we now make different choices – asking ourselves, “What would Geralyn say?”
Boston, MA

You are making me think differently about what I am going to buy for Christmas!
Newburgh, NY

You’ve inspired me to begin chipping away at this problem back at my own school.
- Teacher,
Washington, DC

Thank you so much for your energy and ideas!
- Teacher,
Washington, DC