From Principal to Playworker

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Kara Largent joined the Playworks Arizona team in July 2016 as the new regional partnerships director. Although Playworks Arizona is always growing, what makes this new staff member different is her background. Kara spent the first 15 years of her career in public education in Arizona first as a teacher, then as an assistant principal, and finally as a principal.

The first time Kara heard about Playworks, she was driving to school during her first year as principal of a K-8 school in the West Valley, and an interview with Playworks came on the radio. When she got to school that morning, she sought out Playworks to learn more. Over the course of the next year and a half, Kara visited Playworks schools, invited the Playworks program director out to her school, and talked Playworks up to her staff and community for support and buy-in. By the time Kara had secured the funds to bring the Playworks TeamUp model to her school, her staff was ready and excited for it. Her school welcomed Playworks with open arms and showed enthusiasm for embedding it into their culture.

Kara was so impressed with the positive impact that Playworks had on her students, staff, and overall school climate that when given the chance to spread Playworks to more kids across the state, she jumped at it. It’s not too often a principal turns Playworker, but in this case, it makes perfect sense!

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March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…