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Michigan P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. (People Learning and Asking Why)


Jennie Magiera will have had an impact on Michigan educators even before she steps on the stage as a keynote speaker for the 2017 MACUL conference. Jennie, along with six fellow educators, developed a professional development concept called P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. The title is an acronym for People Learning & Asking “Y” with Digital Age Technology Exploration.  

At its heart, P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. is about giving teachers and educators time to ‘play’ and explore together. The concept was born from the originating group’s frustration with one too many professional development sessions that lacked time to explore a new concept.  

PLAYDATEMI attendees
PLAYDATEMI attendees

Always looking to provide a varied and powerful learning experience for teachers, Kellie DeLosSantos of the Jackson County ISD, came upon the idea. She quickly collaborated with her team at Jackson and connected with Anthony Buza and Casey Schaub of Genesee ISD. Thus, PLAYDATEMI was born.

The event took place at Jackson ISD on September 30th. Feedback from this initial event was overwhelmingly positive. The P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. team worked with Stockbridge Schools to transform their district professional development day around the concept and again came away feeling energized.  

Now, through the support of the REMC Association of Michigan, the group will be taking the idea to other locations around the state. Check here to see when PLAYDATE will make an appearance near you.  

Teaching Like It’s 2999 is the title of her blog and her book Courageous Edventures is available. However, if you are attending the conference take the opportunity to stop by the MACUL Zone and speak with Jennie in person. Her passion for teaching and learning will become apparent in whatever way you connect!

Here are some photos from the 1st PLAYDATEMI!

Jennie’s 2012 blogpost provides more detailed information on PLAYDATE’s inception.


(@jrommel): Educational Technology Consultant for the Berrien Regional Education Services Agency (RESA) in Berrien Springs, MI, and MACUL Board Member.