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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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…