Coach Ellen Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Ellen is a program coordinator who fully embraces the mission and values of Playworks. Now in her second year with Playworks Massachusetts, she has returned to the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale. Coach Ellen has prided herself in creating an amazing Junior Coach program at her school during the past two years. All Junior Coaches are present at recess, helping lead attention getters at the beginning of recess, leading games during recess and the cheer at the end of recess. Her dedication and hard work towards the Junior Coach Leadership Academy at her school has allowed her Junior Coaches to excel in and out of the classroom.

This month, Coach Ellen made excellent happen by leading the initiative to address the behavior among students on the school bus. In the first weeks of school, behavior was a problem on the bus and students were getting in disagreements. Coach Ellen spearheaded the solution, coming up with cooperative games for all students to play on the school bus. In her free time, she taught bus monitors and teachers the cooperative games to play with the students. Now, instead of students misbehaving on the schools bus, they are playing games with one another and having fun. This type of creativite appproach Coach Ellen has shown is helping students start and end the school day on a positive note, giving them the opportunity to be prepared and ready to learn in the classroom.

Coach Ellen continues to make excellent happen with her incredible Class Game Times. During these individual class sessions, she is making it possible for students to learn essential skills relative to the classroom topic for the day. Not only is Coach Ellen making excellent happen at her school, she is also becoming a wonderful mentor to first year coaches in different Playworks schools across Massachusetts. Coach Ellen is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With her positive attitude and amazing personality, we are confident that Coach Ellen will continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

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…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…