Updates

kids playing on playground
kids playing on playground

September 15, 2022

September Scope and Sequence: Roshambo and Let it go! ›

Ro Sham Bo and Let it go! Playworks’ 10th school year here in Indiana is officially underway! This school year, we will be celebrating this incredible milestone while continuing to focus on leveraging play to bring out the best in every kid every day.  Every year our Impact team creates a ‘scope and sequence’ mapping…

August 24, 2022

Meet our 2022-2023 Coaches ›

Meet our 2022-2023 AmeriCorps Coaches Coach Meme (Kamella) School: Robert Frost 106 Favorite recess game: Bridge Ball Fun fact: Coach Meme has 45 pairs of colorful crocs!         Coach Lauriah School: George Buck 94 Favorite recess game: Red Rover Fun fact: Lauriah loves to wear hats and considers herself a “jill of…

August 19, 2022

Playworks Indiana 2021-2022 Impact Report ›

For the last 10 years, Playworks Indiana has given kids foundational skills for success on the playground, in the classroom, and in the community. We are the leading organization that leverages play to promote healthy behaviors and increase social and emotional learning, at recess and throughout the school day. Last school year alone, Playworks Indiana…

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 30, 2022

End of Year Lookbook ›

As we close out the 2021-2022 school year, let’s take a look back at a great year of safe, healthy, and inclusive play for Hoosier kids across all of Playworks Indiana’s services:  Fall In the fall, we kicked off the school year by welcoming our new AmeriCorps members to serve as Coaches and TeamUp Site…

June 21, 2022

Program Spotlight: TagTeam ›

What is TagTeam? Playworks TagTeam is an evidence-informed service that was piloted as a national partnership between Playworks and the Boys and Girls Club of America in 2019 and launched in select local markets with school based clubs. This service expands Playworks’ capacity to provide high quality impact across the state by growing the number…

May 11, 2022

Junior Coaches- Leaders On and Off the Playground ›

 Spring time at Playworks Indiana is filled with joy and activity as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer! Students are able to enjoy more consistent outdoor play and recess; our 3rd and 4th graders have fun and build skills with after school developmental sports leagues like kickball; the end of the school…

kids jump roping
kids jump roping

April 28, 2022

Building Skill Through Play: Cooperation between Adults and Students ›

Our Playworks staff are leading the change when it comes to creating a safe, healthy, and inclusive playground, and none of it could be done without the support of our partner school staff. While our impact focus is generally on our students, adults are a huge, necessary component of a healthy and positive school climate…

Lightning Lingo - header graphic
Lightning Lingo - header graphic

March 30, 2022

Building Skill Through Play: Using Positive Communication ›

“Good job, nice try!” That’s one of our favorite encouragements at Playworks and you’ll hear it a lot out on a Playworks playground during recess. We utilize this phrase during game play and other activities at school as a replacement for  “you’re out,” shifting to a positive affirmation vs. a negative comment that can result…