Announcing our New Online Service - PlayworksU!

  1. Updates

On August 1, Playworks introduces its newest service, PlayworksU. Educators asked for bite-sized online courses to reinforce and introduce play-based strategies throughout the school day. Over a nine month period, over 1000 teachers, school staff and principals tested out 19 modules on topics ranging from Group Management to Games Facilitation. Based on their feedback and countless one-on-one interviews, the team at Playworks developed PlayworksU Foundations.

Built to complement our in-person services or stand alone, annual site subscriptions provide 24/7, on-demand access for up to 50 school staff.

Courses on Group Management and the Power of Play include:

  • 1-2 introductory modules that orient learners to the topic and strategies
  • 5-7 beginner level skill-building modules focused on developing competence in a single strategy, approach or practice.
  • 1-2 implementation-focused modules address transfer-of-learning and playful application of Playworks strategies.

A typical module includes:

  • Topic introduction and guided reflection
  • Strategy demonstration videos
  • Resources from schools successfully implementing Playworks programs
  • Self-assessments for learners to check their own understanding
  • Job aides to support implementation of skills learned, facilitation of team meetings or strategic planning activities

Try a sample course


More Updates

April 26, 2019

Conflict Resolution: Turn your Spring Struggles into Spring Successes ›

Springtime, with all its fanfare, is often a time of escalating conflicts. Students are antsy from a long winter of learning, and their classmates are now more like annoying siblings than playful friends. The key to making the spring season a success is to teach students how to resolve conflicts appropriately—that means using their words and…

April 23, 2019

Recess Check Up Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of play. Explore…

April 16, 2019

Twin Cities Orthopedics and Playworks Minnesota team with Turtle Lake Students for Day of Play ›

Twenty-eight Values Champions, employees who are ambassadors of TCO’s culture and exemplify the organization’s values, teamed up with Playworks to teach students the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at recess. Students learned inclusive games and team-building activities in a classroom setting, and participated in a recess period with volunteers to practice what they learned…