Playworks Massachusetts Teacher of the Month, Ms. Allen

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Ms. Allen is an amazing first grade teacher at the East Somerville Community School with Playworks Site Coordinator Caroline. She can always be found with a smile and playful personality during the school day. Ever since the first time Playworks entered the East Somerville Community School, Ms. Allen has been a huge supporter of Playworks. Not only is she incredibly active herself, but she continues to stay active at recess alongside students. She fully embraces the Playworks core values of healthy and safe play.

Ms. Allen encourages safe play at recess by ensuring that students are using the play structure in a safe and inclusive manner. Additionally, she is the first teacher to jump in and play a game at recess with her students, no matter how wacky the game. In addition to her playfulness at recess, she is a huge advocate for the Junior Coach program. She continues to build up students’ confidence and self-esteem through compliments and encouragement. With her playful personality, commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, and her mentorship to Junior Coaches, Ms. Allen helps energize education at the East Somerville Community School.

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September 15, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Playground ›

When children feel included on the playground, it gives them the space to learn and grow in an environment that they know will celebrate their wins and encourage them to learn from their mistakes. As recently highlighted on NBC, health experts are stressing inclusion for school children, which is why we’re focusing on it as…

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September 8, 2021

Playworks Goes Back to School! ›

We know how important addressing children’s emotional needs is to recover from the learning loss and trauma felt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s where Playworks steps in. Over the past few months, we have been preparing for modified in-person programming with the intention of bringing an impactful, safe, and fun recess to every child in…

September 1, 2021

2020-21 Year End Report ›

Schools were closed. Sports were cancelled. Recess was still on schedule. Throughout the pandemic, Playworks has been a ready and willing partner to schools across our network, helping to redefine the role of play in the lives of students dealing with increased stress, trauma, and anxiety. The support of dedicated partners helped Playworks continue to provide…