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Developing Social Imagination through Nature, Art, & Play

Presenters: Mary L. Vertuca, Patricia Pinciotti 
For: Early Childhood & Elementary Teachers
CPD Hours: 1.5
Available: On Demand

Individual Rental Group Rental


On-Demand Webinar

The presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period. Please note: the on-demand webinar is not included with registration to the live webinar; it must be purchased separately.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


Nature, art and play offer relational connections between oneself and others that are vital to developing social imagination and responsibility for one's sense of place in the world. Learn how to provide a daily dose of “Vitamin N” using playful, artistic explorations to engage students ages 3 – 12 as they make meaning in the natural world. This webinar on social imagination will integrate current research on the brain, place-based learning, and creativity; examine the benefits of nature, art, and play in Montessori education; and provide intentional ways to respect the past and envision a better world.

Topics will include:

Creating a sense of place in your environment
  • Your brain on nature, art, and play
  • Attention, intention, and communication
The power of play
  • Imagination and self-regulation
  • The magic triangle: eyes, hands, and the object
The creative arts
  • Leading learning and development forward
  • Aesthetic operations, loose parts, and creativity
Nature's connectivity to self and wellbeing
  • Place-based experiences
  • Movement and the mind
Social imagination: envisioning an world!
  • Integrated experiences and sense of self
  • Feeling, thinking, and decision making

Learner Outcomes

  1. Ability to connect current research on the brain, place-based learning, creativity, and the arts to Montessori principles
  2. Develop a personal repertoire of nature, arts, and play learning experiences that develop social imagination
  3. Become an advocate for cultivating a sense of self, place, and wellbeing through arts, play, and nature connections in Montessori education

Mary L. Vertuca, MEd, is program director for Early, Middle, and Montessori Education and a member of the clinical faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary).

Patricia Pinciotti, EdD, is professor emeritus at East Stroudsburg University (ESU), East Stroudsburg, PA, in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and co-founder of the ESU C.R.E.A.T.E. lab.

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