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August 29, 2018

$1.9 Million Grant to Help Playworks Michigan Reach 130 Schools in Southeast Michigan ›

Playworks Michigan has landed a $1.9 million grant that it will use to help reach more than 130 schools and 50,000 students in Southeast Michigan over three years. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit gave a $4.6 million grant to Playworks’ national organization to aid its affiliates in Michigan and New York.

June 8, 2018

5 Things You Might Not Know About Play And SEL ›

As social and emotional learning (SEL) gains traction, it can start to feel like yet one more lesson to wedge in. Thankfully, building students’ social and emotional skills is about more than instructional time. The Aspen Institute’s Council of Distinguished Scientists and Council of Distinguished Educators now recommend weaving an intentional focus on students’ social,…

June 7, 2018

Want to Build a Better Recess? Researchers Have a Framework for You ›

Amid mounting evidence that recess can help support student learning, health, and social skills, researchers are taking a closer look at what a “high quality” recess looks like. “We can’t fully understand the relationship between recess and learning, physical activity, other things until we understand the quality of recess,” said William Massey, an assistant professor of health…

May 10, 2018

Straight Up Conversation: Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet ›

Rick Hess recently had the chance to chat with Jill about Playworks and her efforts to promote healthy play.  A recent RAND report found that Playworks’ Coach Service was one of only a handful of social-emotional learning interventions that meet ESSA’s requirements for the highest standard of evidence.

May 1, 2018

Playworks Transforms Elementary School ›

The K-12 education system is changing.   Educators and lawmakers are starting to place as much value on helping young people to develop social emotional skills, such as leadership, collaboration, and conflict resolution, as they do on traditional academic work to create more well-rounded citizens. Many of these lessons, however, cannot be taught in the classroom. Playworks is proving that kids develop many…

May 1, 2018

Five Reasons We Need to Get Serious About Play at Work ›

For many of us play is seen as the opposite of work and is looked as something we do in our free time, a hobby, a form of rest and relaxation. However, there are compelling arguments that play and work can co-exist quite nicely and that incorporating play into our working environment actually has substantial…

April 30, 2018

Playworks Helps Nevada Kids Stay Physically Active at School ›

Playworks is a new program that has been added to health plan of Nevada in order to maintain physical activity in school. Watch this news segment on KNSV Channel 3.

April 25, 2018

Billions Institute Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Cushing ›

Playworks President Elizabeth Cushing is profiled in an interview in the Billions Institute. As president, Elizabeth leads the senior management team and is responsible for ensuring that all strategic targets are met across the organization.

March 30, 2018

How to Create a Culture of Play and Why You Should ›

How do you build a playful work culture where employees are engaged and effective? Our founder Jill Vialet authored this article to showcase some easy steps that business leaders can try within their organizations.