The power of play in unlocking the creative potential of every learner will be the focus of the University of Washington College of Education’s EduTalks event on Nov. 3.

During a fast-paced program, nine UW faculty members will share their compelling discoveries about play and how it can open new opportunities for all children to explore their world, overcome challenges and thrive. Each presenter has five minutes and one slide to share their research related to play.

“EduTalks are a fun way for people to see how our faculty are working every day to make learning come alive for all students,” said Mia Tuan, dean of the UW College of Education. “We’re excited to share how the College’s faculty members are tapping into play to help educators improve their practice, improve our children’s resiliency, and create meaningful learning opportunities for all children.”

EduTalks will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Pacific Science Center in the PACCAR IMAX Theater. The event is free and open to the public; attendees must register online in advance.

Among the topics to be explored during the event are:

  • “Role Play: The Power of Simulation”
  • “The Healing Power of Play”
  • "Digital Playspaces for Place-making"
  • “You Can’t Learn If You Don’t Play”
  • "Setting the Stage for New Teachers"
  • "Changing the Conversation with Technology"

EduTalks feature nationally-recognized College of Education faculty members who are partnering with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EDU Talks on the UW College of Education website.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director for Marketing and Communications