Coach Brandon Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Brandon is a returning program coordinator familiar with the mission and values of Playworks. Entering his third year with Playworks Massachusetts, he has returned to Boston Teachers Union Pilot School in Jamaica Plain. Coach Brandon has been able to build an incredible relationship with students, teachers, staff and families at the school over the three years he has serving BTU School. In fact, every student at the BTU knows Coach Brandon and has participated in Playworks programming. Coach Brandon has perfected the concept of making excellent happen at his school, creating an environment where all students feel safe, included, respected and ready to learn.

During the month of September, Coach Brandon began to recruit 4th and 5th grade students for his Junior Coach Leadership Academy. Over the course of three years, Coach Brandon has created a culture at BTU where all students want to become a Junior Coach. These Junior Coaches serve as leaders in and out of the classroom and develop the skills needed to learn, lead and thrive in the school community. To launch the 2014-15 Junior Coach Leadership Program on an exciting note, Coach Brandon created an incredible newsletter to give to school staff and parents of Junior Coaches. This newsletter congratulated the Junior Coaches on being selected, provided readers with more background about the program and gave an outline of the school year. Coach Brandon plans on sending out a weekly newsletter to school staff and families with new announcements.

Coach Brandon continued to make excellent happen at the Boston Teachers Union Pilot School by ensuring that middle school students still have Playworks programming and opportunities. He has been able to reach out to sixth grade Junior Coach alumni to continuing serving as positive peer role models at their middle school recess. This year Coach Brandon will be serving middle school recess allowing middle school students to remain physically active in a safe, healthy and inclusive manner. Finally, Coach Brandon is assisting the school in organizing a 5K run focused on bringing BTU families and friends together on the weekend. We are sure that Coach Brandon’s outgoing personality and amazing dedication to the Playworks movement will allow Coach Brandon to continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

 

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

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…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…