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The Portland Tribune

September 10, 2009

Schools try to reduce playground conflicts — Recess coach is putting the ‘play’ back in playground ›

Recess at many public schools isn’t what it used to be. Many schoolyard games – such as tag – have been discouraged because kids play too rough and the conflicts…

Boston Globe

September 9, 2009

Revamped Recess Puts Focus on the Physical ›

They would ignore the brightly colored balls left for them on the playground and the hopscotch lines painted on the pavement. Instead, in past years many students at Conservatory Lab…

NewsHour, PBS

July 24, 2009

During School Recess, New Focus on Playing Nice ›

Recess can be a chaotic, even violent, period during the course of a normal school day. Spencer Michels reports on how one non-profit is showing educators the health, and classroom…

The New York Times

June 14, 2009

Using Teamwork to Bring Girls Into the Game ›

Tes Siarnacki, a recess coordinator at a school in East Boston, regularly encourages older girls to referee boy-dominated soccer games, and assigns older boys to monitor double Dutch jump rope,…

The Star-Ledger

May 14, 2009

Nonprofit group uses recess to improve classrooms ›

Sports4Kids, which operates in about 170 schools in eight cities across the U.S., and which now hopes to expand into Newark and several other urban New Jersey districts, uses recess…

OPB News Portland

April 7, 2009

Learning to Play, An Important Lesson for Schools ›

You know it’s gotten bad for recess when teachers have to ban the most common game around. That was the situation for kids at Hartley Elementary, like 3rd grader, Audrey.

The Oregonian

April 5, 2009

Portland-area schools look to make recess fun, safe ›

Deadra Hall is holding kids back — literally. Her arms splayed, the assistant principal blocks fifth-graders from entering the crowded playground. She makes them do multiplication tables, count by sixes…

Oregon Live

April 3, 2009

Rolling out a kinder, gentler recess ›

This week, students at several Portland schools are getting something they may not experience every day — a fun, positive and playful recess.

NPR's All Things Considered

March 19, 2009

Oakland Group Seeks More Play in School Day ›

Shrinking budgets and strict academic mandates prompted California schools to cut gym classes and cut back on recess time. Now, an Oakland-based nonprofit is trying to put more focus on…