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‘Kindergarten: Where Play and Learning Can Meet’ Documentary Screening: Tefft Middle School

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Central Time

Tefft Middle School
1100 Shirley Avenue
Streamwood, Illinois


What can kindergarteners gain from play-based learning? Kindergarten: Where Play and Learning Can Meet is a documentary that explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten and features stories of how two Illinois school districts—Valley View School District 365U and Elgin Area School District U-46—made the transition to play-based learning.

The documentary also includes scientific findings about the cognitive and social-emotional benefits of play from experts Dr. Roberta Golinkoff (University of Delaware), Dr. Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), and Dr. Eboni Howard (American Institutes for Research). Kindergarten: Where Play and Learning Can Meet was produced in partnership with WTTW Channel 11 and the Midwest Early Childhood Research Alliance at REL Midwest.

REL Midwest is hosting this screening to provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions about the research and programs featured in the documentary. After the screening, REL Midwest is facilitating a panel discussion with documentary participants.

Partnership: Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

  • Emily Loney, REL Midwest
  • Peggy Ondera, Director of Early Learner Initiatives, School District U-46
  • Colleen Pecucci, Kindergarten Teacher Leader, School District U-46
  • Kristen Bayer, Kindergarten Teacher, School District U-46

Resources: Event agenda [83.7 KB PDF icon ]