Coach D Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach D is a fourth year Program Coordinator with Playworks Massachusetts, working at the Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury. Over the past four years, Coach D has worked hard to create a school culture that is safe, healthy and inclusive for all students. As an experienced Playworks Coach, he continuously exemplifies Playworks core values and collaborates often with his school to create a cohesive approach. Coach D emphasizes these core values through Class Based Action Learning and recess, purposely playing specific team building and intentionally asking certain questions during group debriefs.

During the month of October, Coach D made excellent happen by hosting numerous volunteer groups and special guests at this school. Throughout hosting these visits, Coach D does an incredible job displaying advanced components of Playworks programming and interacting with students, while simultaneously answering questions in a professional manner with the visiting individuals. Coach D ensures that all guests have an incredible time at his school, having students welcome them through cheers and getting guests in the game by teaching them the rules of the games.

Coach D has continued to make excellent happen through building and maintaining meaningful relationships with new and former students and staff. For example, he has a secret handshake with just about every student regardless of age and every staff members knows Coach D by name, valuing the positive energy he brings to the school. Each day, everyone is excited to see Coach D walk into school. Coach D’s passion for Playworks, his school, and impacting youth is contagious. Coach D has shown that he is committed to making excellent happen for the students in his school and the entire Playworks community.

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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…