Crafting Inquiry 2023

An exploration of mindset, curiosity, and playful learning for all ages!

Early bird registration opens August 4
Regular registration opens September 1
Two-day and one-day in-person tickets available

Audience: Inquiry-based educators and leaders from preschool through middle school
Dates: Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2023
Location: Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, Portland, OR

Join us on the beautiful Portland waterfront for the 2nd annual Crafting Inquiry conference! We are thrilled to be bringing together John Spencer, Lynn Cuccaro, and Yvonne Liu-Constant for the very first time for an incredible two days of professional learning.


Day 1 – Friday, October 13, 2023
8:00 am – 3:30 pm with cocktail hour 4:00-5:00 pm

Hear keynote addresses from all three of our speakers, plus engage in hands-on challenges to spark your own playful learning! In addition, enjoy dedicated time to reflect in small groups on the meaning and implementation of new ideas in your own context. All keynotes will address these ideas as they apply to all ages of learners.

  • Keynote 1: Cultivating Curiosity, Wonder & Play through Pedagogical Documentation with Lynn Cuccaro
  • Keynote 2: A Pedagogy of Play with Yvonne Liu-Constant
  • Keynote 3: The Curious Classroom with John Spencer

At the end of the day, choose which two of the three sessions you would like to attend on day 2.

After the day’s learning, mingle with your fellow educators and the presenters at a happy hour sponsored by the Spear Center.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 14, 2023
8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Engage in not one, but two engaging and practical sessions with our presenters! Each session will provide a deeper dive into the ideas presented on day 1 and are applicable to students of all ages.

  • Session 1: Educator Curiosity & Wonder: The Language of Wire Play Lab with Lynn Cuccaro
  • Session 2: Supporting Playful Learning in Classrooms and Schools with Yvonne Liu-Constant
  • Session 3: Making Inquiry-Based Learning a Reality with John Spencer

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.


All in-person registrations include breakfast and lunch on both days, plus a happy hour on Friday.
Group registrations apply to 5 or more participants from the same school or organization.

NEW! Can’t make it on both days? One-day tickets have now been added. Friday’s ticket will include the keynote addresses, hands-on design challenges, and an opportunity to chat with the presenters at a cocktail hour. Saturday’s ticket will include your choice of two in-depth workshops and a Q&A session with the presenters.

Type of registration

Early bird registration

Early bird group registration

Regular registration

Regular group registration

One-day ticket
Friday, October 13 only

One-day ticket
Saturday, October 14 only

Available dates

August 4 – August 31

August 4 – August 31

September 1 – October 6

September 1 – October 6

September 1 – October 6

September 1 – October 6

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  • Once registered, participants may transfer their registration to another person by contacting


  • Up to 21 days preceding the event, participants may cancel their registration and receive a refund of the registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee.
  • No refunds will be given within 21 days of the event. However, participants may elect to transfer their registration to another person by contacting