Play-Based Learning for the 21st Century

Play-Based Learning for the 21st Century

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is scheduled as a face-to-face classroom training during the Fall 2021 semester, but may be moved online due to future recommendations for distance learning due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Any updates will be posted on this page and all enrolled students will be notified by email of any anticipated curtailments.

As most Kindergarten teachers are aware, our state, as well as other New England states are adopting a play-based curriculum for Kindergarten.

Play can often be misinterpreted as being totally unfocused and unworthy as a teaching tool. Let’s work together to really define play, all its components as well as classroom strategies to guide children’s play.

We will learn to implement the states’ initiative of play, focusing on a variety of content and multiple ways of teaching information via play. We may be surprised as we discover each child’s talents, needs and abilities via a Universal Design Model of Learning.

Instructor Bios


Play-Based Learning for the 21st Century

  • Tere Bowen-Irish

    Tere Bowen-Irish, OTR/L, has practiced occupational therapy in pediatrics and psychiatry for over 35 years. For the past 30 years her primary focus has been school system delivery of OT services. She works part-time in public schools and has a private practice, All the Possibilities, Inc. She also offers workshops for parents, therapists, and educators, with an emphasis on prevention, wellness and classroom management for all school-aged children. She has completed intermediate training as a Life Coach through Coaches Training Institute in San Raphael, CA, and she is a Certified Yogakids teacher (CYKT), incorporating yoga, movement, mindfulness and relaxation techniques into her practice with children. She is author of "The Drive Thru Menu Series" (Therapro Inc. Publications) and a self-published book that can be adapted for all children called "Yoga and Me, Come be a Tree."

09:00am - 03:30pm
Portsmouth - 231 Corporate Drive
Tere Bowen-Irish
179.00 Tuition (includes lunch)
USNH Tuition Benefit Discount
PDT - 10% Alumni Discount
Cooperative Extension Discount
Educator 15% Discount
Guild Discount