Schubert Center, Botanical Garden to host symposium on play-based education

The Case Western Reserve University Schubert Center for Child Studies and the Cleveland Botanical Garden will present “Year of Play: The Science of Play-Based Education Symposium” on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The morning session, 9 a.m.–noon, will feature David Sobel and his keynote lecture, “Place-Based Education: Test scores and going beyond test scores,” and a local panel featuring:

  • Terrence Allan, health commissioner, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
  • James Bader, director of the Gelfand STEM Center, CWRU
  • Eric S. Gordon, chief executive officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Sharon L. Graper, manager of academic services, The Holden Arboretum
  • Billie Osborne-Fears, executive director, Starting Point
  • Sandra Russ, professor of psychology, CWRU
  • Gabriella Celeste, child policy director, Schubert Center for Child Studies

The afternoon session, noon–4:30 p.m., includes lunch and workshops:

  • “The Magic of Childhood: The Hershey Children’s Garden as a Learning Space”
  • “Applying the Small Worlds Principle in Curriculum Development In Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators,” presented by Sobel

The morning symposium is free and open to the public.

Full-day participation, including lunch, parking and materials, is $35 for garden members, $42 for non-members.

The first 150 registrants will receive a free copy of Childhood and Nature.

Pre-registration is required. Pre-register by calling 216.721.1600, ext. 100

For more information, visit the Schubert Center website.