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The Philadelphia Tribune

December 4, 2018

Chester A. Arthur student takes on leadership role through recess program ›

Ten-year-old Nafis Johnson has been developing and honing his leadership skills by contributing his time as a Junior Coach for Playworks Pennsylvania. The Playworks Junior Coach program gives selected fourth- and fifth-grade students the tools they need to navigate through school and life. “I’ve been a Junior Coach for Playworks for about a year and a…


November 29, 2018

Playworks and Jump IN for Healthy Kids ›

No more standing around. A new approach to recess keeps kids moving.  Playworks, as well as partners Jump IN for Healthy Kids, aims to keep kids healthy and active in Indiana.  Read the article and watch Jo Yocum, Playworks Indiana’s Executive Director, talk about safe and healthy play.

November 28, 2018

Playworks of Greater Washington DC and Politicians Unite to Stand Up for Inclusion ›

Playworks of Greater Washington DC and Politicians Unite to Stand Up for Inclusion Nonprofit Honors Local Community Advocates to Show Real Players Don’t Bully Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 Playworks and Google celebrated the culmination of Playworks’ anti-bullying month Real Players Don’t Bully Campaign over breakfast with an in-depth panel. Seventy five corporate and civic leaders,…

The Star-Ledger -

November 9, 2018

Twenty Minutes of Recess for NJ Kids ›

A takeaway from a recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical study review, which details the wide-ranging benefits of play for children. From the AAP, here are 20 reasons why those 20 minutes of recess are vital—and why the quality of that playtime is critical. (Stock photo via Pixabay)

Harvard Magazine

November 2, 2018

Social Entrepreneur Jill Vialet on “Positive Chaos” and Founding Playworks ›

Jill Vialet is founder and CEO of Playworks, a nonprofit that partners with schools to promote exercise and social and emotional health through recess. With nearly 700 employees in 23 offices around the country, Playworks expects to reach 1.25 million children at 2,500 elementary schools this year—the majority from low-income families and neighborhoods. Photograph by Eric Kayne

October 24, 2018

Detroit Lions Attend Real Players Don’t Bully Event ›

Detroit Lions partnered with Playworks Michigan to promote inclusion, kindess and respect at a Real Players Don’t Bully pep rally at Hutchinson Elementary.

Crain's Detroit Business

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.

Education Week

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,…

Education Week

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…