Presenting… Jennifer Smith

  1. Updates

At Playworks Illinois, we’re lucky to have Coach Jen back for a second year! She’s bringing recess to Perkins Bass Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago. She continues to show her commitment to service and her school’s community by going above and beyond to ensure safe, meaningful and inclusive play.

As a second year, Coach Jen mentors Gaby, a first year coach new to Playworks. This past month Jen rolled up her sleeves to help paint Gaby’s unique and large playground with colorful play areas.

Coach Jen has approached the year with an open mind, open heart and is enthusiastic about creating opportunities for play at Bass Elementary School. Taking the lessons she learned last year, she has been dedicated to making an impact at her school.

You get a “Woosh Clap” this month for your strong return, Coach Jen! Thank you for all that you do!

 

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

June 22, 2022

2022 Kickball Tournament ›

On Saturday, June 11, Playworks Illinois held our 9th Annual Kickball Tournament. The tournament was such a fun first event back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teams gave it their all, but ultimately there could be only one Golden Kickball Trophy winner. This year we had 4 teams including West Monroe Partners, Twelve Consulting Group,…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…