Kristine (Kristi) Mraz: Purposeful Play - Building Classrooms of Joyful Growth (Grades PK-5)

Questions? Contact Amy Ruppert, program assistant @ 920.236.0562

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Di Bushkie
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Paul L. Conference Room
12/7/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Too often, play is set in direct opposition to work, when in reality, play is the engine of learning for children. This workshop 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. Kristi Mraz 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. 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.

Participants 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, including developing a growth mindset. Participants will leave this workshop with the tools they need to maximize lessons, classroom setups, tools and charts, curriculum connections, teaching points, and teaching language to foster mature play that makes every moment in the classroom instructional.

Teachers (classroom, special education, EL. and support specialists) of grades Pre-K through 5, reading specialists, and literacy and instructional leaders, such as coaches and principals.


Kristine (Kristi) Mraz is a special education kindergarten teacher in the New York City Public Schools, as well as a consultant for schools across the country and around the world. She primarily supports teachers in early literacy, play, and inquiry based learning.  A former literacy consultant with the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), Kristi has co-authored several books for teachers. Among them are Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science and Social Studies (with Marjorie Martinelli), A Mindset for Learning (with Christine Hertz), and Purposeful Play (with Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler). When she is not working, you will find Kristi reading and baking in her Brooklyn, NY home with her husband, new baby and their dog.

Date:  December 7, 2017
Time:  8:30-3:00pm
Location:  Oshkosh Convention Center
Fee:  $225 (per person - single registration)

         $200 (per person - groups of at least 3 participants from the same school / district)


CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received at least 8 business days before event in order for a full refund to be issued. Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.