The Power of Play:
Using Play to Increase our Creativity and Engage our Learners


MAY 23 | 9:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Annenberg Community Beach House | 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA




“To create the space for imagination, dreaming and insight, it is your solemn duty to master the discipline of playing.”
-Dr. Keith Sawyer


Join us for a fun, engaging and enlightening day of play and learning with IDEO Partner and Toy Lab Founder Brendan Boyle and National Director of the School of Education at HUC-JIR Miriam Heller Stern. Discover how play can make us more creative and innovative, how it positively impacts the learning experience, and how we can effectively use it with our learners.


Participation Fee: $36 (breakfast and lunch included)
*Discounted price for organizations sending 3 or more team members.

Contact Jody for more information about group discounts, travel subsidies for those traveling to California and financial assistance.




Brendan Boyle is a toy inventor, Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s d.School, and Partner at IDEO. He believes that play is the key to innovation and has spoken to creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and students about the importance of playful exploration and risk-taking.

He founded the Toy Lab to uncover kid-centered solutions to the challenge of boredom. As Brendan says, “The opposite of play is boredom.” Under his leadership, the Toy Lab has invented and licensed hundreds of toys and apps, including the best-selling Jumperoo and Elmo Calls, respectively.

Brendan also consults with companies about redesigning their organizational behavior to include space for play, wrote (and still teaches) the course From Play to Innovation at Stanford’s d.School, and co-authored the award-winning encyclopedia of never-before-seen inventions, The Klutz Book of Inventions.

Brendan holds an M.S. from the Joint Program for Design at Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.


Dr. Miriam Heller Stern is National Director of the School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is passionate about empowering Jewish educational leaders to engage in their work intentionally, skillfully and creatively. Her graduate courses at HUC include Social Foundations of Jewish Education and Teaching for the New Millennium. Her current research and writing focuses on designing Jewish education as a tool for building a creative society. She has published widely in various academic and professional journals and popular media outlets and is a frequent presenter at academic and professional conferences for educators. Dr. Stern serves as a coach, mentor and advisor to Jewish educational leaders, institutions and initiatives across the United States and Israel.
Dr. Stern earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Policy and Educational Practice and her MA in history at Stanford University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Together with her husband Jonathan, she channels her interest in creativity into parenting their three elementary and middle-school aged children.