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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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…

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…

coach writing letter
coach writing letter

June 22, 2022

Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches’ end of year reflections ›

Being an AmeriCorps Coach at Playworks is no small feat. Throughout the year, you are asked to complete 1,700 hours of service. Weekend service projects are common, you recruit and coach students for a basketball extravaganza, and you’re encouraged to spend a lot of time reflecting on why you chose to do a year of…