Playworks has given each classroom a sense of community and teamwork. It gives the students healthy competition and the ability to handle success and defeat in a respectful way.

 

Teacher, American Indian Magnet Elementary School

April 26, 2018

Stacy DeCorseyPrincipal, Excelsior Elementary SchoolExcelsior, Minnesota

How Principal Stacy DeCorsey Changed Recess ›

Our discipline referrals has dropped since Playworks.  The changes I’ve seen in staff since Playworks have also been outstanding.  My teachers had instructional time back. I had so many positive feedback from families saying thank you for bringing Playworks from Minnetonka.

September 25, 2017

William J. MurphyPrincipal, Hamilton Elementary/Middle SchoolBaltimore, Maryland

“It’s actually nice to walk outside at recess now” ›

When Playworks came to Hamilton two years ago, everything changed. Recess is still unstructured but with guided limits. Kids now choose something fun and active that interests them—there are lots of options. The office referrals sum it up. Before Playworks, we had 585 office referrals. Last year we only had 130. And the difference? Recess…

September 25, 2017

 Alejandro EchevarriaPrincipal, Broadway ElementaryNewark, New Jersey

“Disciplinary referrals at recess have diminished to nearly zero” ›

Playworks has taken the worst part of the school day at Broadway Elementary and made it into a time that is fun AND productive. Most of our suspensions and disciplinary referrals stemmed from recess. Many students wouldn’t participate in recess at all so that they wouldn’t get hurt. They would sit around the perimeter of…