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The 1st International True Play Conference


Global Conversations on the Future of Early Learning

#TruePlay2019

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The 1st International True Play Conference


Global Conversations on the Future of Early Learning

#TruePlay2019


The 1st International True Play Conference: Global Conversations on the Future of Early Learning will be a minimally-structured, open-ended conference defined by a spirit of love, risk, joy, engagement and reflection.

Chinese and global experts and Anji Play practice leaders will come together from May 12-15 in Anji County, China to share their work, learn from one another and consider the implications of True Play for the future of early learning and learning generally.

Participants, attendees and guests will also visit the public early education programs of Anji County and learn directly from the children, teachers, families and administrators who have created a model for global educational change.

During the conference the founding members of the Global True Play Union will issue a statement defining True Play and its role in the future of learning. This statement will also be made available simultaneously online for co-signing. The conference will also mark the release of three new publications on the curricular practice of Anji Play, standards for materials and environments, and collection of interviews with Anji educators and past international visiting educators.

On the closing day of the conference, conference hosting duties will be officially passed on to representatives of TruePlay2020 Host City Madison, Wisconsin.


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Chinese Discussants


Chinese Discussants



 
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Professor Li Jimei

East China Normal University, School of Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Learn more about Prof. Li’s work

 

 
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Professor Feng Xiaoxia

Beijing Normal University, School of Early Childhood Education

Learn more about Prof. Feng’s work

 

 
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Professor Hua Aihua

East China Normal University, School of Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Learn more about Prof. Hua’s work

 

 
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Professor Yan Chaoyun

Sichuan Normal University

Learn more about Prof. Yan’s work

 

 
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Ms. Cheng Xueqin

Director, Anji Childhood Education Research Center

Founder, Anji Play

 

 
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Professor Doris Pui Wah Cheng

Professor, Early Childhood Education, Tung Wah College

Learn more about Prof. Cheng’s work

 

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International Discussants


International Discussants



 
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Kaleem Caire

Founder, One City Schools, Madison, WI

Learn more about Kaleem’s work

 

 
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Carissa Christner

Youth Services Librarian, Alicia Ashman Branch, Madison Public Library

Learn more about Carissa’s work

 

 
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Jesse Robert Coffino

Director of Translation and Interpretation, Anji Childhood Education Research Center

Learn more about Jesse’s work

 

 
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Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen

Author and Psychologist

Learn more about Larry’s work

 

 
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Cas Holman

Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design and Founder, Heroes Will Rise

Learn more about Cas’s work

 

 
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Dr. Tovah Klein

Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, Associate Professor of Psychology

Learn more about Tovah’s work

 

 
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Dr. Peter Mangione

Dr. Mangione is the Co-director of the Center for Child & Family Studies, WestEd

Learn more about Peter’s work

 

 
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Sandra Moore

Chair, Department of Early Childhood Education, Contra Costa College

Learn more about Sandra’s work

 

 
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Michell Naidoo

Director, Contra Costa College Early Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education.

Learn more about Michell’s work

 

 
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Dr. Nico van Oudenhoven

Dr. van Oudenhoven is the founder of International Child Development Initiatives

Learn more about Nico’s work

 

 
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Dr. Andreas Roepstorff

Professor of Cognition, Communication and Culture in the departments of Culture and Society and Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

Learn more about Andreas’s work

 

 
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Dr. Nikolay Veraksa

Dean of Psychology of Education Faculty, Russian State University for the Humanities

Learn more about Nikolay’s work

 

 
 
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Dr. David Whitebread

Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Founding Director of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research centre at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK

Learn more about David’s work

 

APPEARING REMOTELY


 
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Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Learn more about Mariana’s work

 

 
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Dr. Mitchel Resnick

LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Learn more about Mitch’s work

 

More presenters may be added


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Conference Schedule


Conference Schedule



MAY 12TH

Arrival and Registration


MAY 13TH | MORNING

The Meaning and Implications of Anji Play from a Chinese Perspective: What is Anji Play, Why Now, Why China?

MAY 13TH | AFTERNOON

The Meaning and Implications of Anji Play from a Global Perspective: Why the World Needs True Play


MAY 14TH | MORNING

Implementing Anji Play in China and Globally: Presentations by Global Pilot Leaders

MAY 14TH | AFTERNOON

Theoretical Understanding at the Cutting-Edge of True Play and the Child’s Learning: Risky Play, Deep Learning, Play and Psychomotor Development


MAY 15TH | MORNING

Anji Play Curriculum Vol. 1 (release)
Anji Play Materials and Equipment Standards (release)
The Anji Interviews (release)

School visits

MAY 15TH | AFTERNOON

Academic Roundtables - The Direction of the True Play Revolution: global outlook on models for pre-primary learning reform

Launch of the Global True Play Union

Passing of Conference Responsibilities to 2020 Host City


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Conference Site


Conference Site


Tian Huangping, Lunar New Year Scenic Resort Village, Anji County, China 

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