Meet Coach Makeda

  1. Updates

This year Coach Makeda runs her program where she left off last year at PS 24 in Brooklyn, NY. PS 24 is in a predominantely hispanic community. In an effort to build more rapport, Coach Makeda has begun learning Spanish.

Coach has been able to really interact with parents through the family nights that she has thrown this school year. Each family night consists of games, cheers, snacks and a group clean up at the end. Her rapport building can really be seen in her relationship with her junior coaches. Each junior coach knows there responsibility and the importance of working together to facilitate a great recess.

At her recess, you will find a riveting game of soccer going on almost everyday. She makes a great effort to score a goal when she can and then she’s off to the next game. Coach runs a solid program with confidence. With this being her second year, Coach has taken on more of a leadership role by setting the example. She has been able to demonstrate organization skills, attention to detail but more importantly, the playful professionalism that it takes to be a successful coach! Go Coach Makeda!

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September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

August 14, 2020

Playful Ways to Build Relationships in 2020 ›

Rapport building is always key to a successful, engaging school year. When kids feel safe, empowered, and cared for, they are more likely to attend school, lean into their education, and develop critical social and emotional skills. This year, students around the country are going to school virtually, in-person with potential virtual experiences during COVID…

July 17, 2020

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year ›

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an…