Coach Casey Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Casey is a first year program coordinator at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury. Over the course of the school year, Coach Casey has proven to be incredibly responsive, attentive and professional in all aspects of his work. Additionally, Coach Casey has taken the initiative to create weekly meetings with the school administration to help sustain a healthy community and partnership. These check-ins allow for Coach Casey to implement new ideas as well as work the school to improve Playworks programming. Coach Casey has continued to show he is flexible and accommodating to any special requests. He has built an incredible relationships with students, faculty and staff, always wearing a huge smile through the school hallways.

During the month of April, Coach Casey created several new lesson plans for Class Game Times, focusing on social and emotional learning for all of his students. During these individual class sessions, Coach Casey is making it possible for students to learn essential skills relative to the classroom topic for the day. Coach Casey works with teachers to customize Class Game Times to emphasize various skills for the students. He has developed curriculum to help students work on their teamwork, honesty, goal-setting and problem solving skills. Coach Casey has helped transform Class Game Time into an unconventional classroom, teaching students the necessary skills needed to succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Coach Casey continues to make excellent happen at his school and in the community by volunteering to be on the Logistics committee for the annual 5K Run for Recess and 1 Mile Fun Run. He led the 5K Course Tracking Committee, mapped out the course before the event and made sure there were markers on the course for runners to see. Coach Casey is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With his incredible adaptability and dedication for creating a healthy, inclusive environment for his students, we are confident Coach Casey 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…