Loose Parts Summit

November 1 – November 6, 2021

Experts from around the globe discuss Loose Parts
as a catalyst for equity and social justice and their application in
early childhood ecosystems, at home, and within your community

Register today for your Free Access Pass to the Loose Parts Summit

WHAT IS THE LOOSE PARTS SUMMIT?

Discover the power of Loose Parts as a pedagogy of play, liberation, and equity.

Led by Miriam Beloglovsky, co-author of the award-winning Loose Parts series and founder and CEO of Playful Transformation, the Loose Parts Summit is a 6-day virtual event that brings together the wisdom of a global group of experts who, through their own unique point of view, connect how Loose Parts supports play and creativity, and brings equity and social justice to early childhood education.

Loose Parts can be the catalyst that bridges the opportunity gap in underrepresented communities and changes educators’ image of children as competent, creative, innovative, critical thinkers and problem solvers.

ATTENDING THE SUMMIT

Each day of the summit, you will receive an email which contains that specific day’s guide and link to view the speakers. The link will be good for 24 hours and all times are CST.

If you miss a day, or are unable to attend any sessions, we recommend that you upgrade your experience in order to access all the videos and bonus materials for up to 365 days past the summit. To upgrade, simply log into your Loose Parts Summit account and select the upgrade option of your choice.

Loose Parts Summit Speakers

REGISTRATION:

For 6 days, attendees will learn innovative ideas and find keys to implementing Loose Parts in learning ecosystems with authenticity and intention.  

Participants will receive a Roadmap to Summit (PDF), link to four (4) daily presentations, and the Daily Reflections Journal where you can take notes, reflect, and deepen your understanding as you develop your perspective about Loose Parts Play.

Register today for your Free Access Pass to the Loose Parts Summit

PRESENTERS:

MIRIAM
BELOGLOVSKY

CALIFORNIA, USA
Host

Bio

Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California and co-author of the award-winning Loose Parts books series, which has created an international phenomenon and been translated into different languages. Miriam is the founder and CEO of Playful Transformation, a company dedicated to advocating for the right to play and finding joy in life.

MARC
ARMITAGE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Simon Nicholson’s Greatest Contribution to Loose Parts – the Word ‘Theory’

Bio

Marc Armitage is a consultant, researcher and writer in children’s play, playing and Playwork. He began his professional career as a playworker in the early 1980s with a local organization in the UK, Hull Community Playschemes Association, and since then has worked as a field playworker, an adventure playground worker, a double-decker playbus worker, a local authority play development officer, a university lecturer, research associate and a company director.

SUZANNE
AXELSSON

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Loose Parts: The Stuff of Relationships
 

Bio

Suzanne Axelsson works as a pedagogical consultant and on the EY program at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. She writes on her blog, Interaction Imagination, about play, listening, neurodiversity, and sustainability. Her book about her theory of Original Learning will be published by Redleaf Press in 2022.

JENNIFER
CARVAJAL

NEW YORK, USA
Loose Parts: Curation is the Key
 

Bio

Jennifer Carvajal, MS, senior educational director of Teaching Beyond the Square, has a passion for literacy, emergent curriculum, and open-ended learning experiences. She has coached for Teaching Beyond the Square since 2013, leading professional development events and partnering with teachers and directors in the tri-state area as they strive to take a more progressive approach to education, including their work with open-ended materials and loose parts.

LEANNE
CLAYTON

AOTEAROA – NEW ZEALAND
Loose Parts: Understanding and Feeling What Cannot be Seen
 
 

Bio

Leanne is and educator and leader in Te Kōhanga Reo o Mana Tamariki, (A language nest for infants and toddlers), a teacher at Te Wānanga o Raukawa (Indigenous tertiary institute, the early childhood degree programme), a regional coordinator for Te Runanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori (the governing board of indigenous Māori schools).

JESSE
COFFINO

CALIFORNIA, USA
Loose Parts: Stepping Back in Environments of Love &
Conversation About Loose Parts, Equity and Social Justice

Bio

Jesse Coffino is the founder and CEO of Anji Education, Inc. and co-founder and co-chair of True Play Foundation. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, over the last seven years, Jesse has worked closely with Anji Play founder Ms. Cheng Xueqin to translate the concepts of Anji Play for an international audience.

MICHELLE KAY
COMPTON

TENNESSEE, USA
Loose Parts: Any Place can be a Makerspace: Giving all Children Access and Rights to Play
 
 

Bio

Michelle Kay Compton is a consultant, speaker and an early education teacher currently teaching three, four and five-year olds. She is the co-author of StoryMaking, Makerspaces, StoryMakers on Deck, and the forthcoming ArtMaking (Redleaf Press; 2022).

KIMBERLEY
CRISP

AOTEAROA – NEW ZEALAND
Hands-on and Hearts-in Loose Parts

Bio

Kimberley Crisp facilitates her own Professional Development workshops, keynotes, and coaches. She is the founder of The Nest Kindergarten in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and the co-founder of The Heart School. Kimberley is the co-author of The Sacred Urge to Play.

AIDE
GALVAN

TEXAS, USA
Our Journey into Loose Parts through Inquiry

Bio

Aide Galvan is a Master Teacher, mentor, and model classroom at Pre-K4Sa. She received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has been studying the Loose Parts Educational Philosophy for the past three years.

LELLA
GANDINI

MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Exploring Beautiful Stuff (Loose Parts) from Nature

Bio

Lella Gandini, Smith College MA, University of Massachusetts EdD is the associate editor of the journal Innovations in Education: The International Reggio Exchange. She has served as the USA liaison for the Schools of Reggio Emila. She has published or co-edited several books in Italy and the U.S., including The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education, Beautiful Stuff, In the Spirit of the Studio; Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care, and many others. Her curatorial and editorial work has been widely published.

WENDY
GELSANLITER

NEW YORK, USA
Loose Parts: Curation is the Key
 
 

Bio

Wendy Gelsanliter, materials educator, and coordinator at Teaching Beyond the Square (TBS), runs TBS’s Materials Center and Materials Trailer in NYC, in addition to leading children and adults in their work with materials and loose parts.

MICHELLE
GRANT-GROVES

CALIFORNIA, USA
Bonus Session:
Using the Design in Mind Framework to Create Loose Parts Ecosystems

Bio

Michelle Grant-Groves, executive director of the I3 Institute: Inquiry, Intention, and Innovation, has been a teacher, site and then systems administrator, coach, and coaching coordinator. With Miriam Beloglovsky, she is the co-author of Design in Mind: A Framework for Sparking Ideas, Collaboration, and Innovation in Early Education.

TRACY L.
GRAY

New York, USA
Tinker with Loose Parts!
 
 

Bio

Tracy L. Gray, entrepreneur, and education consultant has devoted her career to building effective equitable S.T.E.A.M. initiatives. She is the founder and president of The Sankofa Global Project.

SUSAN
HARRIS MACKAY

OREGON, USA
Loose Parts: Creating Conditions for Democratic Living

Bio

Susan Harris MacKay, co-founder of the Center for Playful Inquiry, was the Pedagogical Director of the Portland Children’s Museum and Opal School for over a decade. She has published numerous articles in professional journals including Language Arts and Democracy and Education and presents at conferences worldwide.

SALLY
HAUGHEY

OKLAHOMA, USA
Growing into Loose Parts: A Personal Evolution
 

Bio

Sally Haughey started her teaching journey in 1996 and that experience has now expanded over two decades. In 2010, Sally wanted to share her ideas on a larger platform, so she created Fairy Dust Teaching, built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood.

CHRIS
HUME

COLORADO, USA
Loose Parts: A Design Perspective
 

Bio

Chris Hume, founder of Kodo Kids, has an education and background in electrical engineering, computer science, and industrial design. In 2008 Kodo kids launched in his garage and has grown to be an established product and training company focused on open ended, play based equipment for ECE classrooms.

MARGUERITE
HUNTER BLAIR

SCOTLAND
Unleashing the Power of Loose Parts Play!
 
 

Bio

Marguerite Hunter Blair is the Chief Executive of Play Scotland, the national organization which promotes the importance of play and works strategically to create increased play opportunities for all children and young people. She established the Scottish Play Commission, led the campaign for Scotland’s Play Strategy, and a statutory duty for Play in the Planning Act.

DENISHA
JONES

NEW YORK, USA
Bonus Session:
Conversation About Loose Parts, Equity and Social Justice

Bio

Dr. Denisha Jones, director of the art of teaching program at Sarah Lawrence College, is a former kindergarten teacher and preschool director. An education justice advocate and activist, Dr. Jones co-edited the book Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice.

MARIE
JONES

CALIFORNIA, USA
Using Loose Parts in Teacher Preparation
 
 

Bio

Marie Jones, coordinator and seminar facilitator for the Los Rios, CA Early Childhood Mentor Program and board member for Child Action, Inc., is also a full-time professor of Early Childhood Education at American River College. She has been an active member of the early childhood education community for 30 years, serving as a Family Child Care provider, site supervisor, and mentor teacher.

MATT
KARLSEN

OREGON, USA
Loose Parts: Creating Conditions for Democratic Living

Bio

Over the last twenty-five years, Matt Karlsen has been a teacher and facilitator of teacher transformation. With Susan Harris MacKay, he co-founded the Center for Playful Inquiry and launched Story Workshop Studio, a membership-based community guiding teacher research.

DIANE
KASHIN

ONTARIO, CANADA
Loose Parts Invitations and Provocations
 

Bio

Diane Kashin is a registered early childhood educator in the province of Ontario in Canada and a retired ECE professor. She has co-written three ECE textbooks, is the past president of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, and the current coordinator of the York Region Nature Collaborative.

KASEY
KILE

KANSAS, USA
Loose Parts: A Design Perspective
 

Bio

Kasey Kile, director of professional development for Kodo Kids, has devoted her career to advocate for high-quality care for young children. She works with the educators and engineering team to develop hands-on training opportunities using customized learning kits for programs.

SUZANNA
LAW

ENGLAND
Playwork and the Looseness of Loose Parts
 

Bio

Suzanna Law, PhD, co-founder of Pop-Up Adventure Play in both the United Kingdom and United States, began as a mobile playworker— known as a playranger—in socio-economically deprived neighborhoods in the UK.

HOPI LOVELL
MARTIN

TORONTO, CANADA
Listening to Land as Teacher in Children’s Outdoor Play with Loose Parts

Bio

Hopi Lovell Martin is a Waabizheshi Oskaabewis (Ojibwe Marten Clan Ceremonial Helper, Messenger, and Fire Keeper) and a PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology and Education.

MEGAN
MATTEOINI

CALIFORNIA, USA
Making Connections: How Loose Parts Meet the Standards

Bio

Megan Matteoini has over 20 years of experience teaching and supporting preschool environments and is a Regional Anchor in the ECERS-R and FCCERS-R tools as well as CLASS certified Observer.

JEANNETTE
MULHERN

CALIFORNIA, USA
Using Loose Parts in Teacher Preparation
 

Bio

Jeannette Mulhern currently works at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA as Faculty in the Early Childhood, Education, and Family Department. She has a certification as a Child Life Specialist. Jeannette brings her education and experience with child and family trauma into her work which expands her practice in early childhood beyond classroom settings and across age groups.

JOAN NYO
ORTEGA

TEXAS, USA
Our Journey into Loose Parts through Inquiry
 

Bio

Joan Nyo Ortega is an advocate for early childhood and their educators, breaking traditional views and values that society has characterized. Currently, Joan’s passion for early childhood has evolved her work as a transformational instructional coach.

MARGIE PEREZ
SESSER

CALIFORNIA, USA
Using Natural Materials and Ordinary Objects (Loose Parts) to Facilitate Play with Very Young Children

Bio

Margie Perez Sesser has been an early childhood educator since 1973, working as director of Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and State Preschool WestEd consultant and PITC trainer.

BRIAN
SILVEIRA

CALIFORNIA, USA
Loose Parts Invitations are Stories Waiting to be Told

Bio

Brian Silveira, lead teacher/program coordinator, has worked at Pacific Primary for 25 years. He has been published in Teaching Young Children magazine and has been recognized by several national interest forums for his work supporting men in ECE, Peace Educators and the LGBT community.

DAVID
SOBEL

NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
Loose Parts & Nature-Based Learning

Bio

David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. He consults and speaks widely on child development, place-based education, and nature-based early childhood education. He is the author of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens and The Sky Above and Mud Below.

DIANE
SPAHN

COLORADO, USA
Loose Parts: A Design Perspective

Bio

Diane M. Spahn, director of education for Kodo Kids, partners with Kodo’s design, education, and engineering team to develop intriguing products, training courses, public speaking events, customized kits of learning tools, and collaborates with professional educators worldwide.

MAURICE
SYKES

WASHINGTON, DC
Loose Parts as a Pedagogy of Liberation &
Conversation About Loose Parts, Equity and Social Justice

Bio

Maurice Sykes, author of Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership, is the executive director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute and a Senior Associate at M Russell & Associates. He was recently inducted into the DC Hall of Fame Society for his numerous contributions to the field of early childhood education.

MEYNELL
WALTER

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND
Loose Parts is an Adjective not a Noun!
 
 

Bio

Meynell Walter is the director of Meynell Games, an organization that exists “to create better opportunities for children’s play.” He is a playworker, playwork trainer / lecturer, and playwork advocate.

CATHY WEISMAN
TOPAL

MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Exploring Beautiful Stuff from Nature

Bio

Cathy Weisman Topal, lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of art resource books and visual arts curricula.

SHONTAYE
WASHINGTON

CALIFORNIA, USA
Using Loose Parts in Teacher Preparation

Bio

Shontaye is a student of Early Childhood Education at Cosumnes River College and has completed the two required clinical practicum courses. She is a family child care educator and is looking forward to completing her degree in Early Childhood Education.

LARISSA
WILKINSON

TEXAS, USA
Our Journey into Loose Parts through Inquiry

Bio

Larrisa Wilkinson is the director of professional learning and program innovation at Pre-K 4 SA. She has spent 14 years as an avid early childhood educator, advocate, and leader.

ALL-ACCESS EXCLUSIVE BONUS SESSIONS

MICHAEL
LEEMAN

MINNESOTA, USA
Thoughts on Music for Young Children

Bio

Michael Leeman, singer of songs for young children, has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years. He was part of a musical collaboration with Bev Bos and Tom Hunter.

JESSE
COFFINO

CALIFORNIA, USA

DENISHA
JONES

NEW YORK, USA

MAURICE
SYKES

WASHINGTON, DC

Conversation About Loose Parts, Equity and Social Justice

MICHELLE
GRANT-GROVES

CALIFORNIA, USA

MIRIAM
BELOGLOVSKY

CALIFORNIA, USA

Using the Design in Mind Framework to Create Loose Parts Ecosystems

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Kodo believes that a child’s development deserves more than what is found in the typical “toy.” In the classroom, this is especially relevant. From inception, Kodo has been focused on designing and curating teaching tools that uphold the importance and impact of Early Education. Materials which educators the world over are proud to use in their classrooms.

Pre-K 4 SA is San Antonio’s voter-funded initiative to change San Antonio’s educational and workforce trajectory in one generation through high-quality early learning. Pre-K 4 SA’s program is designed to utilize play to build a foundation in concepts such as math, science, language, and art while increasing language and social skills.

Fairy Dust Teaching is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. They believe young children have the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, and to dream. Fairy Dust Teaching supports teachers in crisis, fund projects, award scholarships, deliver free content, and donate to causes that are making a difference in children’s lives.