The Joy of Play Educator’s Conference

Following on from the success of our 2019 & 2020 events, 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 is excited to host this event in sunny Napier in January 2021 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 2021
Location: Napier Conference Centre, Napier
Time: 8.00am – 4.00pm with time for networking to follow
Early Bird Registration Fee $280 + GST 
Standard Fee from 16 October 2020 $300 + GST 

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.

Timothy will be presenting virtually and will be available live for a Q&A session.

Second Keynote Speaker

Joseph Driessen

Joseph Driessen is the director of Education Answers, an International Educational Consultancy based in New Zealand, specialising in the professional development of teachers and parents.

Joseph focuses his research on international best teaching and parenting practices, and is much in demand as a speaker, facilitator, and education consultant.

Joseph has a number of education fields he is interested in, including the importance of understanding the learning needs of boys, the importance of the formation of secure attachment relationships by the child with both parents and teachers, the vital importance of fostering best practice teaching skills in the classroom, and the development of research based behaviour management skills by both parents and teachers.

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.

"I have just had a chance to sit and watch the teaching the key competencies while kids play webinar.  Thanks so much, it was very valuable for me as a beginning teacher to understand ways to be able to teach these in the classroom.  I feel much more confident now to be able to pull something out from my observations of play to work on with the class and how to do this.

"I look forward to more Longworth Education webinars!"

"Your presentation was superb and had me smiling away and laughing out loud!  In fact, your amazingness made me feel quite inadequate!  You will be pleased to know that tomorrow afternoon Room 9 is making 'George's Marvelous Medicine' and my T.Aide is planning to have a magic oven (double-doored cardboard box oven) which produces edible fairy bread once the magical potion is put in!  Let the fun begin!"

"Oh, we had so much fun making Marvelous Medicine! The poor carpet suffered under our creativity though, and we made it into the newsletter this week (because a group of girls were sharing a kids cookbook and made up a fantasy cook-off, telling everyone what group they'd be in and who out of the powers above were going to be the judges) We had a four-group bake off in the staff room, with no-bake fudge/truffle dishes.  The next day The Principal and two Deputy Principals were cordially invited to judge the dishes. Oh, the squeals of delight at the judging! The children all took home cellophane parcels of all the treats.  We honoured Tanvi with massive applause at the end, for taking the book out of the school library and making up the idea!  How much am I enjoying the licence to follow child-led learning?  

"Thank you, Longworth, for all your guidance and affirmation that we are on the right track.  But most of all for leading the charge and changing the tone, under which our children can learn best!  Thank goodness!"