William G. Paden Elementary School, Alameda

Play theorist Brian Sutton-Smith concluded, ‘The opposite of play is not work–the opposite of play is depression.’ While research supports this, traditional schools continue to treat play as frivolous and double down on the pressure to raise students’ standardized test scores. Meanwhile, teachers are leaving the profession and students are experiencing increasing anxiety and depression. Our team wants time to dive into play research and support each other in our efforts to infuse our classrooms with the choice, wonder, and delight found in playful learning environments in order to increase student engagement and learning while improving mental health for students and teachers alike.


Power of Play team members at 2023 Convening

  Power of Play team members at 2023 LIGHT Awards Convening

LIGHT 2023 Power of Play



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Oct 5 – Nov 14, 2023 LOIs Accepted for 2024 Grant Cycle (rolling submissions)
By mid-Dec 2023 Invitations to Apply Extended to Selected LOI Submissions
Spring 2024 LIGHT Awards Grants Made

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