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Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten: Illinois ESSA Conference

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 p.m.–11:00 a.m. Central Time

Illinois Annual Statewide Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference
Sheraton Grand Hotel
301 E. North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60616

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This session features a 25-minute documentary on play-based learning, created by REL Midwest. The documentary highlights two Illinois school districts that made the transition to play-based kindergarten, as well as the evidence for this approach. Session participants discuss the implementation of play-based learning, what skills can be learned through play, and assessment approaches in play-based classrooms. REL Midwest created this documentary as a tool for educators and parents to learn about play-based learning in early childhood education.

Partnership: Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance


  • Jill Bowdon, Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Billie Jo Day, Researcher, REL Midwest