The Joy of Play Educator’s Conference

Following on from the success of our 2019 event, this conference is for primary and ECE teachers and other professionals with an interest in the use of play as a pedagogical tool for children’s learning. Longworth Education are excited to host this event in sunny Napier in January 2020 and welcome all those with a passion for bringing play back into New Zealand children’s school experiences.

How we help schools to implement learning through play

Date: 20 January
Location: Napier Conference Centre, Napier
Time: 8.00am – 4.00pm with time for networking to follow
Early Bird Registration Fee $280 + GST (1-day attendance fee)
Standard Fee from 20 July 2020 $300 + GST (1-day attendance fee)

Keynote Speaker

Timothy D. Walker

Timothy D. Walker is a U.S. primary school teacher living in Espoo, Finland.

He is the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms, which was translated into more than a dozen languages. His forthcoming book—co-written with Finnish scholar Pasi Sahlberg—is entitled In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools.

Inspired by his work in Finland’s schools, Timothy speaks internationally about play, trust, and joy in education.

Please note that the availability of our international keynote speaker may depend on any border restrictions in place during the conference.

Closing Speaker

Jason Gunn

Jason Gunn has worked in New Zealand broadcasting for almost 40 years across both radio and television. As a host, presenter, director and writer he is best known for co-hosting hit show Dancing with the Stars, and game shows The Rich List and Wheel of Fortune.

Jason got his start in children’s television, becoming a household name with Jase TV and the long running The Son of a Gunn Show, he also then hosted McDonald’s Young Entertainers.

Jason has also appeared in Celebrity Treasure Island, and most recently presented the show ‘You’re back in the room’.

Jason will close the conference with just the right sense of play to end a brain-challenging day.

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Educators Conference 2021

The best professional learning I've had in a long time packed into 6 hours!!!!

Thank you - this is the best, thought provoking professional development I've had in a long time

Thank you for an amazing day. It has been valuable and affirmed my practice as well as shown me where to go next

Thanks for Saturday, I loved it and my kids loved playing today and I loved seeing their imagination in action as well as some amazing social skills

Sarah AionoDirector

This course should be mandatory for all teachers.

If you have any queries about play based learning, or feeling like it's just too daunting, this course gives you a clear direction, and makes it seem possible and oh so necessary.

If you can get any senior management to do the course, they present it in such a professional manner it may be what they need to be convinced!

Kate WHenderson Valley Primary

An incredibly motivating day. Lots to take back and keep building on where we are at and look at where to from here. Thank you so much. I love the way you inspire us.

J DoeTeacher