Introducing Our Newest Board Member: Lauren Kelly

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We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Lauren Kelly. Lauren is a motivated individual dedicated to the mission of Playworks and the belief that physical activity in schools fosters children’s success in the classroom and beyond. A former competitive athlete in high school at the national level, Lauren has enjoyed an outstanding career in institutional asset management sales and high-level real estate sales and marketing.

Lauren brings to the Board a passion to keep physical activity in schoolsand an understanding of the vital positive impact it has on children’s learning abilities, confidence, and overall development.

We are certain that Lauren’s athletic and professional background, her influence in key environments, her demonstrated support and her longstanding relationships with individuals close to and within Playworks itself make her an exceptional choice to assume an active role in guiding the organization forward.

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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 21, 2022

Building Skill Through Play: Managing Disappointment and Teaching Positive Body Language ›

It’s the holiday season! Schools and Playworks are counting down the days until winter break, but first we’re focusing on managing disappointment and teaching positive body language.  We all know that it can be incredibly easy to get swept up in the negative emotions a disappointment brings because our expectations were not met. For kids,…

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…