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President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

June 14, 2019

Jill Vialet Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by PCSFN ›

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet wins President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

May 31, 2019

Impact Through the Power of Play ›

Pahara-Aspen Fellow Jill Vialet founded Playworks on the theory that, through valuable play, kids learn to make friends, solve problems, and believe in themselves, every day. At last year’s Action Forum, Jill made the audacious Action Pledge above to propel the importance play forward. In this video, Jill shares the progress Playworks has made so…

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…

April 5, 2019

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps Coaches ›

Playworks is hiring AmeriCorps coaches to serve for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in cities across the country. These coaches provide essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, connect with other kids, and stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel…

March 29, 2019

PlayworksU Named 2019 EdTech Awards Cool Tool Finalist ›

PlayworksU has been named a finalist in the new product and service category of the 2019 EdTech Awards—the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology! EdTech’s awards feature the best and brightest by shining a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters across various educational sectors. PlayworksU, Playworks’ online…

March 15, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

AmeriCorps Coach with students
AmeriCorps Coach with students

March 4, 2019

Celebrating the Contributions of our AmeriCorps Coaches ›

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us in a week-long celebration of all the contributions AmeriCorps members make in our communities. This school year, we have 242 Playworks AmeriCorps coaches serving in our schools. Playworks coaches are caring, consistent adults, working to make playgrounds safer and to help create positive school environments…