Working as an elementary school teacher for People for People Charter School in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia brought to light some childhood issues for Albright grad, Julia Miller ’13, who found that her students’ emotional and developmental challenges were often compounded by a need for physical exercise and socialization.
Her ideas to curb behavioral issues in her own classroom led to a new position at the school, as Director of Play. Now, after completing a Fulbright Scholarship, Miller is bringing her research into a popular play-based learning program in Finland back to North Philadelphia.
“Through play, students spur their imaginations and explore new solutions to problems,” says Miller, who majored in political science and music business at Albright.
“Julia’s research establishes a strong connection between play and academic and social-emotional outcomes,” says People for People Charter School Principal Corey Dwyer. “All children — especially those who have experienced trauma, like many of our students — need opportunities to develop social skills and social-emotional awareness.”
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