Summer Camp 2024: Playing Around with Play-Based Learning!


Event info

July 17 – 18, 2024 – Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Campus – Riverfront Hall – Moline, IL

Join us for an engaging two days of learning through play! Rich discussions will have participants ready to transform interest areas and provide high-quality play-based learning experiences for all children through inclusive practices. Participants will explore literacy, math, and science  with hands-on opportunities, with skilled presenters, through an early childhood special education lens. Playful learning allows all children to develop social-emotional and academic skills they can use in the classroom and at home! We hope to see you there!

All sessions will take place in-person at the WIU Quad Cities Campus Riverfront Hall in Moline, IL.

Keynote Speakers

Lindsay Meeker - Inclusive Language and Literacy Through Play
Diann Gano - Art Smart with Loose Parts: Building Brains and Creativity Through Play

Breakout Room Session Speakers

Jac McBride - Discovery Through Play, The Scientist Way
Rebecca Caldwell - Math learning through play
Tiffany Posey - Play Together, Learn Together: A Collaborative Approach to Play-Based Education and Family Engagement

Daily Schedule

Wednesday July 17, 2024

  • 9:00-9:30 am: Registration
  • 9:30-10:00 am: Welcome!
  • 10:00-11:30 am: Keynote #1 Lindsay Meeker
  • 11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch and Networking
  • 12:30-1:45 pm: Breakout Session #1
  • 2:00-3:15 pm: Breakout Session #2
  • 3:15-3:30 pm: Wrap up!

Thursday July 18, 2024

  • 9:00-9:30 am: Check-in and Welcome!
  • 9:30-11:30 am: Keynote #2 Diann Gano
  • 11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch and Networking
  • 12:30-1:45 pm: Breakout Session #3
  • 2:00-2:30 pm: Final Discussions and Wrap up!

Lunch will be provided FREE on campus on Wednesday and Thursday! Lunch on Wednesday will be provided by Revive Cafe and lunch on Thursday will be provided by Adolph’s Mexican Foods. You are more than welcome to bring your own lunch these days. We will also provide a list of some local eateries with your check-in information!


Accommodations are not provided by STAR NET. However, if you are interested, here are some local hotels close to the Quad Cities campus.

The Hyatt Place East Moline

Stoney Creek Hotel – Quad Cities

The Axis Moline Hotel


Registration is open now, worth a total of 9.0 contact hours, and completely FREE!

Click the Register button below to sign up and find more information!


If you have any questions regarding Summer Camp 2024, please contact Julie Ford at ja-ford2@wiu.educreate new email!