Clare Ferrell Early Childhood Speaker Series: “The Importance of Play for Pre-School and Primary Aged Children”

DOROTHY SLUSS, RETIRED COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR
TO SPEAK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY FOR PRE-SCHOOL
AND PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

Dr. Dorothy J. Sluss will speak on her passion of early childhood education and the importance of play for pre-school and primary school aged children on Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Niemann Auditorium at Powhatan School, Boyce, VA. Dr. Sluss is the first presenter of the Clare Ferrell Early Childhood Speaker Series founded by a gift from the Ferrell family in honor of Clare Ferrell, Powhatan School’s pre-kindergarten teacher who passed away in January 2018.

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

at 8:30 a.m.

Powhatan School

Niemann Auditorium

49 Powhatan Lane

Boyce, VA 22620

 

Dr. Sluss has spent a lifetime studying play. She was a teacher in preschools and primary schools of Virginia for over a decade and worked with the governor’s office to pilot the first publicly funded program for four-year-olds. Earning her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech, she taught on the faculties of East Tennessee State University, Clemson University, the College of William & Mary, and James Madison University. Dr. Sluss has authored numerous articles and has published four books including her latest, Supporting Play: Environments, Curriculum, and Assessment (2018, 3rd Ed).

Dr. Sluss served as a board member and vice-president of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education and has been a leader in the National Association for the Education of Young Children having served as a presenter and college program reviewer for the past twenty years. Additionally, she has server as the president of the United States chapter of the International Play Association (IPA/USA), American representative on the international IPA board, president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), and president of the Virginia Association of Teacher Educators.

She has received the Brian Sutton Smith Award for Outstanding Play Scholarship, the Edgar Klugman Award for Contributions to Play Research, and the International Play Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Play Advocacy. She also received the Clemson University HDER Teaching Award and was recognized as a Madison Scholar at James Madison University.

Upon her retirement from James Madison University in 2017, she was recognized with the designation of Professor Emerita.

The community is invited to this presentation. For more information or interest in attending, please contact Cathy Barr, Director of Parent Programs and Publicity, Powhatan School, (540) 837-1009.

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