January 10, 2023
Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…
Crain's Detroit Business
October 18, 2022
Playworks Michigan named Vincent Kirkwood as the new executive director. Through coordinated playground programs and trainings with schools and youth organizations, Playworks aims to help children learn empathy, conflict resolution, problem-solving and self-regulation, while also increasing their daily physical activity.
Manistee News Advocate
October 14, 2022
Manistee Area Public Schools has implemented a new program in order to help students learn to better interact with one another on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic necessitating cohorting and isolation for the past two school years. During a Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Joanie Wiersma, Kennedy Elementary School principal,…
July 28, 2022
“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…
Dearbook Press & Guide
May 26, 2022
In a rare double-feature event, Playworks hosted a Soccer Jamboree, as well as a Rock, Paper, Scissors qualifying tournament that will be part of an attempted Guinness World Record later this year. During the jamboree, students were taught confidence, teamwork, and sportsmanship, along with leadership skills.
April 20, 2022
Roughly one in five elementary school students gets less than 20 minutes of recess time each day, according to a new survey of school administrators conducted by the Coalition for Michigan Schoolchildren’s Right to Play, a coalition convened by Playworks Michigan. Along with its survey results, the Coalition for Michigan Schoolchildren’s Right to Play issued guidance…
Crain's Detroit Business
March 28, 2022
Playworks Michigan pilots Corporate Recess post-pandemic employee team building. Think you’re too old to play tag or dodge a ball? Playworks doesn’t. It’s launching “corporate recess” team-building activities with Southeastern Michigan employers to help adult employees bond, whether they’re staying on Zoom a bit longer or heading back to the office.
August 24, 2021
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…
March 25, 2021
As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…