Meet our new Executive Director

  1. Updates

The Playworks Michigan Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Executive Director Angela Rogensues. Angela has served Playworks Michigan since 2012 as Program Director focused on expanding Playworks programming and training services beyond the City of Detroit. Rogensues’ resume includes over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector working in Illinois, California and Michigan. Prior to joining Playworks Michigan she acted as Director of Programs for The Bread Project in Berkeley, California. Rogensues currently serves on the board of directors for the Salvation Army of Washtenaw County and 4Paws1Heart. She holds a masters degree from DePaul University and a bachelors degree from Michigan State University.

“We are very pleased to make this announcement,” reported Kareim Cade, President and CEO of Great Lakes Benefit Group and Playworks Michigan Board Chair. “The board is excited to have Angela as the head of the Playworks Michigan team. She will lead our efforts in bringing recess, physical activity and safe and inclusive play to the children of Michigan for years to come.”

Come visit Angela at one of our partner schools where she can be found jumping rope and playing foursquare.

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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…

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…

April 8, 2021

How to fund Playworks programming at your school ›

Did you know Playworks programming can be funded by a variety of federal, state, and private streams? Here is a list to provide guidance and resources to help administrators in Michigan determine the best funding source to support bringing Playworks to your school. Government Grants For Schools Playworks has been found to be evidence-based under…