Jess Whitley, PhD

A professor of Inclusive Education, Jess Whitley’s interest in learning through play comes from her passion for inclusion and accessibility. She believes that every child has the right to benefit from play. Children who often struggle to engage in schools can thrive through play, particularly as they approach middle school years, when play is often seen as a privilege. Whether learning through unstructured loose play on a school yard, risky play in a forest, or making instruments from recycled materials, learning through play is essential for some, and good for all.