May 10, 2017

How Canyons School District Improved Outcomes District-Wide With Playworks ›

When Utah introduced new state PE standards in 2015, Canyons knew they needed to act quickly. At the same time, they didn’t want to lose sight of their highest-priority strategies for their 29 schools. “We were really addressing four things at once,” recalls Allan Whitmore, Canyons’ evidence based learning specialist. “In addition to common teacher…

December 20, 2016

Play Works for Rochester ›

Play is transforming children and adults in the City of Rochester. In a large school gymnasium in Rochester, NY, a group of adults are giggling and running around, playing a game called ‘Watch Your Back Tag’. It’s a game where everyone’s ‘it’ and you re-join the game when the person who originally tagged you is…

November 28, 2016

How One Tennessee School Turned Recess Around ›

When Hannah Reinke found out her students would get recess for the first time, she was thrilled. Nashville Metro Public Schools increased break time requirements last year, so Antioch Middle School borrowed time from advisory periods and “related arts” classes like P.E. and Music to give students daily recess for the first time. As a P.E.…

September 15, 2016

Fun and Games Means Learning for Teachers, Too ›

At The Waldorf School of Baltimore, “all fun and games” means serious learning—for teachers! This year, the school brought in Playworks trainer Sean Keelan to lead two days of hands-on workshops for teachers before the first day of school. Curious about partnering with Playworks? Read the Waldorf School of Baltimore’s blog “Fun & Games” to see how…

September 21, 2015

Teaching Empathy on the Playground ›

Empathy is arguably the most important life skill our kids can learn. Recess is where students have the most freedom to practice empathy . . . or not. As a principal, I’ve seen students fight over space on the blacktop, space in line, and even over friends. At John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Daly City, CA, this was…