Let's Put the "Social" Back Into Social Studies: The Role of Play in Shaping Our Democracy

Lisa Sambat
Third Grade Teacher
Founder/CEO of LC Sambat Educational Consulting, LLC
Manassas, VA

“We don’t play here because we are an academically rigorous program.”

“Playing is a waste of instructional time.”

“You’re not learning because all you do is play!”

These are just a few statements that Lisa Sambat has heard over the years as an early childhood educator. In her talk, Lisa transforms these misconceptions surrounding play by demonstrating how play serves a crucial role in developing good citizenship among students. Learn about how to put the ‘social’ back into social studies and envision the possibilities of our democracy if all children—our future leaders and democratic citizens—are given meaningful opportunities to play.

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