You’re here because you see the gap between the learning experiences children receive...

and the ones they deserve

You’re here because you see the gap between the learning experiences children receive...

and the ones they deserve

Meet this year’s panel of adventurers, intrepid travelers and your partners in play:

Meet this year’s panel of adventurers, intrepid travelers and your partners in play:

STUART BROWN

STUART BROWN

ALFIE KOHN

ALFIE KOHN

LAURA HENRY-ALLAIN

LAURA HENRY-ALLAIN

DIANE KASHIN

DIANE KASHIN

HOPI MARTIN

HOPI MARTIN

ROSE FELIX CRATSLEY

ROSE FELIX CRATSLEY

CHAZZ LEWIS

CHAZZ LEWIS

BARB O'NEILL

BARB O'NEILL

MIRIAM BELOGLOVSKY

MIRIAM BELOGLOVSKY

MIKE BROWNE

MIKE BROWNE

NICK TERRONES

NICK TERRONES

NADIA JABONETA

NADIA JABONETA

LISA BURMAN

LISA BURMAN

SANDRA DUNCAN

SANDRA DUNCAN

KATHRYN MURRAY

KATHRYN MURRAY

ALISE SHAFER IVEY

ALISE SHAFER IVEY

RUSTY KEELER

RUSTY KEELER

Whether you’ve been a practitioner of play for years or you heard about it for the first time yesterday…

Whether you’ve been a practitioner of play for years or you heard about it for the first time yesterday…

We invite you to join us for a conversation that is both about play-based education and bigger than it — Because ensuring that children are free to play is about more than doing away with worksheets and plastic toys.

It’s about trust — in children’s innate abilities, and in your own.

We invite you to join us for a conversation that is both about play-based education and bigger than it — Because ensuring that children are free to play is about more than doing away with worksheets and plastic toys.

It’s about trust — in children’s innate abilities, and in your own.

The Free To Play Summit is for...

The Free To Play Summit is for...

Educators who are new, experienced, or anywhere in between

Educators who are new, experienced, or anywhere in between

Administrators, Consultants & Practitioners who shape our systems

Administrators, Consultants & Practitioners who shape our systems

Curious parents and caregivers who want the best for their children

Curious parents and caregivers who want the best for their children

The children in your care are waiting for you to model the same self-trust, courage and determination that you know they are capable of.

But we know that can be hard to do when you're not sure of your direction.

The children in your care are waiting for you to model the same self-trust, courage and determination that you know they are capable of.

But we know that can be hard to do when you're not sure of your direction.

We created the Free to Play Summit to give you the space, guidance and community you need to shape your approach and own it. 

We created the Free to Play Summit to give you the space, guidance and community you need to shape your approach and own it. 

This also means having real conversations about fairness, equity and social justice in play — even when it feels scary or imperfect.

Free to Play 2021 features incredible speakers who are leading essential conversations around how to own your part in creating safer, more equitable spaces for the children in your care and broader community.

This also means having real conversations about fairness, equity and social justice in play — even when it feels scary or imperfect.

Free to Play 2021 features incredible speakers who are leading essential conversations around how to own your part in creating safer, more equitable spaces for the children in your care and broader community.

About Sally Haughey & Fairy Dust Teaching

About Sally Haughey & Fairy Dust Teaching

Sally Haughey is the founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching. Fairy Dust started in 2010 as a space for an early childhood educator (Sally) to blog out her thoughts and ideas. She was in a highly academic setting and still wanted to bring in the wonder to her classroom.

From there it expanded and grew. Fairy Dust Teaching has cultivated a community from over 101 countries. Sally has authored several books, including The Wonder Art Workshop and Through the Child's Eyes.

She has been producing dynamic Play conferences/summits since 2014, has offered hundreds of PD hours through online professional development courses, the Wunder-Led certification program, and the Wonder League membership program.

If you care deeply about children’s right to play, we are so glad you found us. We’re here to help you prioritize what matters most: your connection with your students, and making sure you both have the space and the freedom to explore the world through play and do it your way.

Sally Haughey is the founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching. Fairy Dust started in 2010 as a space for an early childhood educator (Sally) to blog out her thoughts and ideas. She was in a highly academic setting and still wanted to bring in the wonder to her classroom.

From there it expanded and grew. Fairy Dust Teaching has cultivated a community from over 101 countries. Sally has authored several books, including The Wonder Art Workshop and Through the Child's Eyes.

She has been producing dynamic Play conferences/summits since 2014, has offered hundreds of PD hours through online professional development courses, the Wunder-Led certification program, and the Wonder League membership program.

If you care deeply about children’s right to play, we are so glad you found us. We’re here to help you prioritize what matters most: your connection with your students, and making sure you both have the space and the freedom to explore the world through play and do it your way.

Your Next Steps

Your Next Steps

REGISTER 

(it’s free!)

REGISTER 

(it’s free!)

CONFIRM

CONFIRM

JOIN IN!

JOIN IN!

Children can’t be free to play if we’re still reading from the same old rulebook

Children can’t be free to play if we’re still reading from the same old rulebook

THE FREE TO PLAY SUMMIT IS YOUR OFFICIAL LICENSE TO PLAY — AND TO DO IT YOUR WAY.

THE FREE TO PLAY SUMMIT IS YOUR OFFICIAL LICENSE TO PLAY — AND TO DO IT YOUR WAY.

Your Free to Play ticket grants you license to… 

Your Free to Play ticket grants you license to… 

EVOLVE & REFINE YOUR PRACTICE

EVOLVE & REFINE YOUR PRACTICE

Develop your own approach to play-based education, rooted in your personal beliefs, experiences and values — and own your way of doing play. 

Get real, actionable insights to sharpen your practice and do more of what works today.

Develop your own approach to play-based education, rooted in your personal beliefs, experiences and values — and own your way of doing play. 

Get real, actionable insights to sharpen your practice and do more of what works today.

REFLECT & CONNECT TO YOUR TEACHING HEART

REFLECT & CONNECT TO YOUR TEACHING HEART

Get back in touch with what matters most to you, while connecting with new ideas and people who remind you of exactly what you’re capable of.

Get back in touch with what matters most to you, while connecting with new ideas and people who remind you of exactly what you’re capable of.

TAKE THE FIRST STEPS TOWARD ADVOCACY

TAKE THE FIRST STEPS TOWARD ADVOCACY

to influence what’s happening across your state, we’ll help you identify doable action steps you can take to leave an impact beyond your classroom and create lasting change.

to influence what’s happening across your state, we’ll help you identify doable action steps you can take to leave an impact beyond your classroom and create lasting change.

The path ahead can only be built with your unique contribution. 

The path ahead can only be built with your unique contribution. 

WEN YONG

WEN YONG

SHEILA WILLIAMS RIDGE

SHEILA WILLIAMS RIDGE

SAMARA GUPTA

SAMARA GUPTA

PENNIE BROWNLEE

PENNIE BROWNLEE

MONICA WIEDEL-LUBINSKI

MONICA WIEDEL-LUBINSKI

KRISTEN PETERSON

KRISTEN PETERSON

ASHLEY JEFFERSON

ASHLEY JEFFERSON

ASHLEY NARTEY

ASHLEY NARTEY

LISA AGOGLIATI

LISA AGOGLIATI

SALLY HAUGHEY

SALLY HAUGHEY

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The free pass does not include a certificate. However, there is an optional Budget pass that includes a 25 hour PD certificate. Our All Access Pass includes a 30+ hour PD certificate.

The free pass does not include a certificate. However, there is an optional Budget pass that includes a 25 hour PD certificate. Our All Access Pass includes a 30+ hour PD certificate.

Why can't I have the certificates of attendance for free?

Why can't I have the certificates of attendance for free?

Is there a certificate when I register for free?

Is there a certificate when I register for free?

The free pass does not include a certificate. However, there is an optional Budget pass that includes a 25 hour PD certificate. Our All Access Pass includes a 30+ hour PD certificate.

The free pass does not include a certificate. However, there is an optional Budget pass that includes a 25 hour PD certificate. Our All Access Pass includes a 30+ hour PD certificate.

Can I get my receipt for the Summit?

Can I get my receipt for the Summit?

One receipt is emailed to the person who purchased the Summit Ticket(s). If you cannot locate the receipt in your inbox, please email asksally@fairydustteaching.com with the email you registered with and our customer service team can resend it to you. Receipts will only be issued to the person who purchased the tickets.

One receipt is emailed to the person who purchased the Summit Ticket(s). If you cannot locate the receipt in your inbox, please email asksally@fairydustteaching.com with the email you registered with and our customer service team can resend it to you. Receipts will only be issued to the person who purchased the tickets.

Help! The videos will not play!

Help! The videos will not play!

This can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are 3 things to try: 1) Restart your computer 2) Clear your cache 3) Try a different browser. Please note our videos are hosted on Vimeo.com. Kindly check if your network permits you to view videos hosted on that site.

This can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are 3 things to try: 1) Restart your computer 2) Clear your cache 3) Try a different browser. Please note our videos are hosted on Vimeo.com. Kindly check if your network permits you to view videos hosted on that site.

I am having technical issues. Who can help me?

I am having technical issues. Who can help me?

For assistance registering or accessing the Free to Play Summit please contact

asksally@fairydustteaching.com. Please provide as much information as possible including: operating system, browser, error message received (screenshots are appreciated!) and the steps you took that resulted in the error.

For assistance registering or accessing the Free to Play Summit please contact

asksally@fairydustteaching.com. Please provide as much information as possible including: operating system, browser, error message received (screenshots are appreciated!) and the steps you took that resulted in the error.

Can I upgrade?

Can I upgrade?

You can choose to pay to upgrade your FREE PASS to one of two lifetime access packages. Go here to

upgrade: freetoplaysummit.com/upgrade

If you wish to upgrade from a Budget to an All Access Pass please contact our customer service at asksally@fairydustteaching.com.

You can choose to pay to upgrade your FREE PASS to one of two lifetime access packages. Go here to

upgrade: freetoplaysummit.com/upgrade

If you wish to upgrade from a Budget to an All Access Pass please contact our customer service at asksally@fairydustteaching.com.

Will the certificates of attendance count in my state or country?

Will the certificates of attendance count in my state or country?

We cannot guarantee that your certificates of attendance for this online learning experience will be accepted by your state, country, school, or agency. Please check directly.

We cannot guarantee that your certificates of attendance for this online learning experience will be accepted by your state, country, school, or agency. Please check directly.

See you at the Summit! :-)

See you at the Summit! :-)

5-Day Free To Play Summit  |  July 12-16, 2021

5-Day Free To Play Summit  |  July 12-16, 2021

JULY 12 -  16, 2021 | 100% ONLINE & AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

JULY 12 -  16, 2021 | 100% ONLINE & AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

A 5-day guided journey to clarify, deepen and confidently own your personal approach to Play-Activated Learning® in your classroom.

A 5-day guided journey to clarify, deepen and confidently own your personal approach to Play-Activated Learning® in your classroom.

Sign up below:

Sign up below:

you’re actively trying to bridge it. 

(Or perhaps... imagine a new path entirely.)

We hear you. And we see you.

We see the heart and soul you pour into creating rich, authentic learning experiences to your students — the kind that worksheets and rote learning could never provide.

We also see the self-doubt. The second-guessing. And the part of you that wonders...

you’re actively trying to bridge it. 

(Or perhaps... imagine a new path entirely.)

We hear you. And we see you.

We see the heart and soul you pour into creating rich, authentic learning experiences to your students — the kind that worksheets and rote learning could never provide.

We also see the self-doubt. The second-guessing. And the part of you that wonders...

Not only do you work, live or parent within that gap — 

Not only do you work, live or parent within that gap — 

If you’re waiting to feel more confident or “ready” to lead with play, you aren’t alone 

(IN FACT, YOU'RE IN GREAT COMPANY)

If you’re waiting to feel more confident or “ready” to lead with play, you aren’t alone 

(IN FACT, YOU'RE IN GREAT COMPANY)

Because the system that asks children to fit into a standardized box is the same one that taught us, all those years ago, to stop trusting in ourselves.

It’s the same system that asks us to value expert opinions over our own ideas, experience and intuition.

The same system that says we’re only “enough” if we have a fancy degree (or three!), a Pinterest-perfect classroom and never have any bad days.

There is a better way.

It’s your way.

And we’re here to help you find it. 

Because the system that asks children to fit into a standardized box is the same one that taught us, all those years ago, to stop trusting in ourselves.

It’s the same system that asks us to value expert opinions over our own ideas, experience and intuition.

The same system that says we’re only “enough” if we have a fancy degree (or three!), a Pinterest-perfect classroom and never have any bad days.

There is a better way.

It’s your way.

And we’re here to help you find it. 

You don’t need another set of standards. 

It’s time to build your own map:

You don’t need another set of standards. 

It’s time to build your own map:

Over 5 days, you’ll listen in on conversations with our global panel of educators and experts. Not to replicate their approach — but to use it as a mirror to finally find your own.

Over 5 days, you’ll listen in on conversations with our global panel of educators and experts. Not to replicate their approach — but to use it as a mirror to finally find your own.

As you build your map, you’ll identify the personal values, ideas and principles that will guide your practice.

As you build your map, you’ll identify the personal values, ideas and principles that will guide your practice.

Piece by piece, day by day, we’ll help you borrow new insights and the latest research, then combine them with your own ideas — so you can construct your bespoke map for teaching through play, your way.

Piece by piece, day by day, we’ll help you borrow new insights and the latest research, then combine them with your own ideas — so you can construct your bespoke map for teaching through play, your way.

LYNNETTE ARTHUR

LYNNETTE ARTHUR

— GERRY SPENCER

— GERRY SPENCER

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” 

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” 

HELLE HECKMNAN

HELLE HECKMNAN

Simply enter your name and best email address below to receive your login details for the summit. This is how we’ll communicate with you about each day’s sessions!

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Each day of the summit, you’ll receive free 24-hour access to that day’s sessions, plus reflection guides to help you put ideas into action. We’ll email you all the info you need as the summit unfolds each day.

Each day of the summit, you’ll receive free 24-hour access to that day’s sessions, plus reflection guides to help you put ideas into action. We’ll email you all the info you need as the summit unfolds each day.

Claim your space at the table and make 2021 the year you said yes to the power of play — and owning it, your way:

Claim your space at the table and make 2021 the year you said yes to the power of play — and owning it, your way:

Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO Fairy Dust Teaching, E-Learing Developer 

Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO Fairy Dust Teaching, E-Learing Developer 

Trainer, Speaker, and CEO 

Transform Challenging Behavior

Trainer, Speaker, and CEO 

Transform Challenging Behavior

International Expert in Early Childhood Education and children’s media, Author, Consultant

International Expert in Early Childhood Education and children’s media, Author, Consultant

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Speaker, Coach and Author 

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Speaker, Coach and Author 

Founder National Institute for Play, Author, Speaker

Founder National Institute for Play, Author, Speaker

Author, Speaker, Lecturer

Author, Speaker, Lecturer

Founder & Director of Consulting in Pedagogical Growth, Author, Speaker, Educator 

Founder & Director of Consulting in Pedagogical Growth, Author, Speaker, Educator 

Founder & CEO of Ivy Child International 

Founder & CEO of Ivy Child International 

Founder & Director of PILAglobal

Founder & Director of PILAglobal

Play Space Designer, Speaker, Author

Play Space Designer, Speaker, Author

Director of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School at The University of Minnesota, Author, Nature-Based Learning Advocate

Director of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School at The University of Minnesota, Author, Nature-Based Learning Advocate

Founding Director of Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, Speaker, Coach, E-Learning Developer

Founding Director of Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, Speaker, Coach, E-Learning Developer

Founder & Lead Facilitator of Play Pan Afrikan, Creator of “Nguzo Babies”

Founder & Lead Facilitator of Play Pan Afrikan, Creator of “Nguzo Babies”

Directing Teacher & Pedagogista National Child Research Center (NCRC Preschool)

Directing Teacher & Pedagogista National Child Research Center (NCRC Preschool)

Director of Diversity and Directing Teacher at the National Child Research Center (NCRC Preschool)

Director of Diversity and Directing Teacher at the National Child Research Center (NCRC Preschool)

Consultant, Author, E-Learning Developer 

Consultant, Author, E-Learning Developer 

Head Teacher at The Packer Collegiate Institute Pre-K Diversity & Equity Coordinator

Head Teacher at The Packer Collegiate Institute Pre-K Diversity & Equity Coordinator

Director of Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools

Director of Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools

Lead Preschool Teacher, Program Coordinator, Consultant at Pacific Primary

Lead Preschool Teacher, Program Coordinator, Consultant at Pacific Primary

Director of The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: Daybreak Star Preschool 

Director of The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: Daybreak Star Preschool 

“... AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?”

“... AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?”

Teacher of Teacher, Visionary Leader

Teacher of Teacher, Visionary Leader

Nature Play Facilitator

Nature Play Facilitator

Founder and CEO of SparkEd

Founder and CEO of SparkEd

Retired ECE Professor, Blogger, E-Learning Developer

Retired ECE Professor, Blogger, E-Learning Developer

Ph.D Candidate "Indigenous Seasonal Pedagogy" in ECE, Consultant, Edge of the Bush

Ph.D Candidate "Indigenous Seasonal Pedagogy" in ECE, Consultant, Edge of the Bush

Community Engagement Manager at Hilltop Children’s Center and Anti-Racist Consultant

Community Engagement Manager at Hilltop Children’s Center and Anti-Racist Consultant

Early Childhood Specialist; Global Speaker; Education Coach; Parent Guide

Early Childhood Specialist; Global Speaker; Education Coach; Parent Guide

International Specialist on Early Childhood Environments, Consultant, Author

International Specialist on Early Childhood Environments, Consultant, Author

Founding director of Nøkken, a pioneering kindergarten in Denmark, Author, Speaker

Founding director of Nøkken, a pioneering kindergarten in Denmark, Author, Speaker

When will the Summit start each day?

When will the Summit start each day?

The links to each day's Summit will be emailed out at 9 am EST and will available for 24 hours no matter where you are! There are no individual times for each session, you can pick and choose which ones you would like to watch and when each day.

The links to each day's Summit will be emailed out at 9 am EST and will available for 24 hours no matter where you are! There are no individual times for each session, you can pick and choose which ones you would like to watch and when each day.

The All-Access Pass Bonus Speakers

The All-Access Pass Bonus Speakers

PAT RUMBAUGH

PAT RUMBAUGH

The Play Lady, Executive Director, Let’s Play America

The Play Lady, Executive Director, Let’s Play America

MANIZA NTEKIM

MANIZA NTEKIM

UNICEF Regional Advisor Africa

UNICEF Regional Advisor Africa

CHANIE WILSCHANSKI

CHANIE WILSCHANSKI

RAE PICA

RAE PICA

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Founder and CEO of the Schools of Excellence, Speaker, Consultant

Founder and CEO of the Schools of Excellence, Speaker, Consultant

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