Professional Learning for International Educators

Purposeful Play

Frankfurt - 21st and 22nd April 2018, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Purposeful Play: Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Too often play is set in direct opposition to work, when in reality, play is the engine of learning for children. This session will help teachers reclaim a playful and joyful spirit by teaching the myriad of ways play can be used to facilitate social emotional and academic growth.

This session will outline the ways play can be infused within a day, as well as the instructional strategies teachers can utilize to support children’s learning at this valuable time.

Teachers will learn how strategies like focused lessons, conferring, small group play, and whole class conversations can build literacy skills, STEM skills, and critical social emotional skills. Charts and tools will be shared alongside lessons that can be used in classrooms.

Teachers will see demonstrations and photographs of how a playful spirit can extend to any teaching by utilizing student interests, props, videos, and joy.


Day One

8:30 — 9:15:  Welcome, Introductions & Logistics
  • Introductions
  • Why play? The research and the reasons to support a culture of play.
9:15 — 11:00:  The Benefits of Teaching the Whole Child
  • What does the research say about supporting social emotional growth?
  • What does classroom practice and culture look like when we teach into social emotional skills?
  • Theory into Practice: Developing lessons for our own classrooms
11:00 — 11:20:  Break 11:20 — 12:30:  What is play?
  • What are the types of play that support a balanced play diet?
  • How do you play? A study of play personalities
  • Theory into Practice: Play personalities in the classroom
12.30 — 1.30:  Lunch/Questions/Conversations 1:30 — 2:15:  Looking Closely at Rough and Tumble Play
  • Why rough and tumble?
  • What is the role of empathy?
  • Theory into Practice: Developing opportunities for empathy instruction
2:15 — 2:45:  Looking Closely at Fantasy Play
  • Why fantasy play?
  • Theory into Practice: Developing a Work Time in your classroom
2:45 — 3:00:  Questions and Reflections

Day Two

8:30 — 9:15:  Opening Conversation and Questions 9:15 — 11:30:  Play across the year [Break 10:15 — 10:35]
  • How does play develop and change?
  • What is the role of the teacher?
  • Theory into Practice: Scheduling and planning for Play across a day and year
11:30 — 12:30:  The Work in Play
  • How do we weave play into all aspects of the day?
  • Flow and Play
  • Theory into Practice: Rethinking our Day
12:30 — 1:30:  Lunch 1:30 — 2:30:  Advocate and Agitate
  • How do we communicate the importance of play to families, administration, colleagues (especially those with older students) and other stake holders?
2:30 — 3:00:  Reflections, Questions, and Closing Thoughts

Kristine Mraz

Kristine Mraz is co-author (with Alison Porceli and Cheryl Tyler) of Purposeful Play, the book that helps you make play a powerful part of your teaching. Her previous title A Mindset for Learning, co-authored with Christine Hertz, provides practical and powerful strategies for cultivating optimism, flexibility, and empathy alongside traditional academic skills. She is also co-author with Marjorie Martinelli of Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support.

Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums!

Kristi teaches Kindergarten in the New York City Public schools. In addition to writing and teaching, she consults in schools across the country and as far away as Taiwan. She primarily supports teachers in early literacy, play, and inquiry based learning. On the off chance she has free time, you’ll find Kristi reading on a couch in Brooklyn with her dog and her husband.

You can follow all of her adventures on twitter @MrazKristine or on her blog:

Workshop Fees

  • 2-day workshop with Kristi Mraz – €600 per participant – Registration closes 13th April 2018.
  • Group Discount Rate (5+ participants) – €550 per participant – Registration closes 13th April 2018.
  • Early Bird discount on sale until 23rd February 2018 – €550 per participant.
  • Late Registration Processing Fee applies from 14th April 2018 – €50 per participant.

You may register online and make a payment by credit card or request an invoice online.

The workshop fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Important Booking Information

This workshop will run subject to a minimum number of participants. Please do not book travel or accommodation until you receive confirmation that the workshop will take place. 

We do not refund fees. However, you may send a different participant from your school in your place if necessary. If this occurs, please email workshop organizers to inform them (

Professional Learning International reserves the right to cancel the workshop in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. Professional Learning International will not be responsible for any expenses relating to your travel if the workshop is rescheduled or canceled, please be sure to take out travel insurance. In the event of rescheduling or cancellation, Professional Learning International will issue a refund of the workshop fee.

Frankfurt - 21st & 22nd April 2018


The workshops will be held at the Frankfurt International School, Alfred Lechler Strasse 10, 61440 Oberursel, Germany.

Nearest Airport – Frankfurt International Airport

Nearest Train Station- Frankfurt International Primary campus is 200m from the Hohemark Station on the U3 train line traveling from Frankfurt in the direction of Hohemark as it is the last stop on this line.

Frankfurt International School is a short walk from the Park Hotel.  The closest train stop to the Park Hotel is Waldlust on the U3 line.

The Park Hotel

Parkhotel Am Taunus, Hohemarkstr. 168, 61440 Oberursel, 06171-9200
Park Hotel
The Movenpick is about a 15 min train ride from Frankfurt International School.  The nearest stop is Bommersheim, Oberursel on the U3 line.

Movenpick Oberursel

Zimmersmuehlenweg 35, 61440  Oberursel, Germany, +49 6171 500 0
Further information about trains in Frankfurt can be found on the RMV website here is the link to the website in English.