Free to Learn

About Peter Gray


Peter Gray is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. The author of Psychology, a highly regarded college textbook, he writes a popular blog called Freedom to Learn for Psychology Today. He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. 

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements


April 24, 2015, 4:30-6:00 Keynote address at Texas Unschooling Conference; “The Biology of Education: How Children Learn Naturally Through Free Play and Exploration.” Hill Country Cottage and RV, 131 S. Rueckle Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130.

 April 27, 2015, 7:00 pm. Talk on the value of play. Resurrection Episcopal Day School, 119 East 74th St., New York, NY. Free and open to the public. Contact is Teri Lawrence, 212-535-9666

 April 30, 2015, 7:30-9:00 pm. Gan Elohim Nursery School, Temple Beth Alohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA 02481. Talk on the value of Free Play. Open to school staff and parents (not to the general public). Contact is Andrea Schneider.

 May 9, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Old First Reformed Church, 126 7th Ave., Ne2 York, NY 11215. Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference. The Biology of Education: How Children Learn Naturally Through Free Play and Exploration. Open to the public; $20 to register for the conference. Conference doors open 12:30 pm. Contact is Jens Peter de Pedro. Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1294670

May 16, 2015.  National University of Ireland, Galway.  Keynote address at Irish Unschooling Conference. Tickets for the conference are 17.50 Euros per adult. Pre-booking is essential.  For more information, see the Facebook page. Contact is Pauline O'Reilly.

May 28, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm. Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Beuna Vissta, CO 81211. Collegiate Peaks Forum Series. “Why Free Play is Essential to Children’s Healthy Psychological and Social Development.” Free and open to the public. Contact is Rebecca Kemper Poos, 719-252-9890.

June 20 & 21, 2015. Details TBA. Inspired EC Conference (Conference of the Early Childhood Consultancy). NSW, Australia. Place to be announced. Open to those who register for the conference. For details, see https://www.inspiredec.com/2015-unwrapping-conference.html Contact is Natashja Treveton.

June 24-27. Ties TBA. Singapore. INTASE Early Childhood Leadership Summit, Building a 21st Century Preschool. Keynote addresses on “Mother Nature’s Pedagogy” and “The Value of Play.” Open to those who register for the conference. For details, see http://www.intase.org/email/ecls15/1-1/index.html. Contact is Victor Lim.

Oct. 5 & 6, 2015. East Rutherford, NJ. Life Without Instruction Conference.  Homewood Suites by Hilton. Keynote addresses on “A Survey of Grown Unschoolers” and  “Why We Should Stop Segregating Children by Age.”  Open to those who register for the conference. Times TBA.  For details, see https://www.lifewithoutinstructions.net.  Contact is Anne Boie.

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