About Us

Play Play Learn provides educational resources and consulting services to connect games and learning in libraries, schools, and homes for students of all ages. Our mission is to improve teaching and learning through games – we believe that games, as an interactive and highly engaging media, can enrich and extend instruction across the curriculum and at all levels. Having enjoyed great success aligning and integrating games with school curriculum since 2007 as part of a regional game library in western New York, we formed Play Play Learn in 2014 to extend our work to new areas.

Christopher Harris

Editorial Director

In addition to leading the team at Play Play Learn, Christopher is a certified school librarian and school administrator working as the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in western New York, an educational services agency that has provided a curriculum aligned board game library to member school districts since 2007. He presents nationally on gaming in schools and libraries as well as other school, technology and library topics and has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on gaming and learning including the Teaching Through Games Series (Rosen, 2015) and Libraries Got Game: Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games (ALA Editions, 2010). Christopher also serves as the Fellow for Youth and Technology Policy Issues with the American Library Association.

Brian Mayer

Design & Development

A certified teacher and school librarian, Brian currently works as a gaming and library technology specialist for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. Working with school librarians and classroom teachers, Brian utilizes game resources, design exercises and play experiences to enrich and extend classroom instruction. Brian is a founding board member of the American Library Association's Games and Gaming Roundtable and co-author of Libraries Got Game: Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games (ALA Editions, 2010) as well as other articles. He presents workshops at state and national conferences exploring the value of games and play in education. In addition to this work, Brian is also the author of the award-winning game Freedom: The Underground Railroad, published by Academy Games in 2013.

Patricia Harris, Ph.D.

Curriculum & Instruction

After working more than 10 years in public schools both rural and urban and spending 8 years at an engineering school teaching social sciences, communication skills, and technology, Dr. Patricia Harris spent the last years of her career as head of an elementary education program, technology coordinator for the education department, and educational consultant for a physicians assistant graduate program. Her research and practical focus in education has been working with teachers at all grade levels, including working with an elementary teacher to co-teach a clinical class for several years, to build pedagogical strength. Dr. Harris's experience with social studies and science instructional methodology helps inform the curriculum alignment and classroom use scenarios presented here.