Updates

September 19, 2018

Five Important Life Lessons from the Playground ›

How can adults who supervise the playground—at school, in public parks, or in our back yards—best use that time to reinforce the skills kids need to thrive? In a recent blog post with our partners at United Way, Playworks New England shares life lessons from the playground, and strategies adults can use to support social…

August 22, 2018

Introducing Recess Reboot! (3.0) ›

Back in 2016, Playworks received a grant that came with a big challenge: How could we help more schools use our best recess strategies on their own, without our long-term presence? Thinking about all the schools we wanted to support, we noticed a gap. We offered year-round staffing, modeling, and consultation to schools near our…

August 17, 2018

Making your Day More Playful ›

“Play is a human right,” said Jill Vialet, Playworks Founder and CEO. As we prepare for students to head back to school, we’re thinking about all of the ways to make their days more playful. Your day should be playful too. Five attention-getters to make managing groups easier: Match me – have everyone do the…

August 14, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 ›

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 Over 132,250 kids in more than 350 schools will experience safe and healthy play every day as a result of this investment. This is the largest regional grant Playworks has ever received.  Detroit, MI—July 15, 2018—Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform…

July 31, 2018

Announcing PlayworksU ›

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…

June 20, 2018

Warriors NBA Champions and Playworks ›

Golden State Warriors and Playworks have had a long-standing relationship thru our partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the GetFit program. Kaiser Permanente, Playworks and the Golden State Warriors have teamed up to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. The program serves to reinforce healthy behavior and provide youth with the…

June 6, 2018

2018 Get in the Game Gala a Success ›

Thank You! A big thanks to everyone who came out to play with us at our 10th Annual Playworks Get in the Game Gala. It was a wonderful evening thanks to all of the amazing supporters who helped to make our fundraising efforts a success. Special thanks to this year’s host Andrew East, former Oakland Raider,…

June 6, 2018

Junior Coach Mabel Finds Her Voice as a Leader ›

Junior Coach Mabel is a 4th grader at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. Although Mabel only joined the Junior Coach team in February, she has already made a big impression as a leader in her school. In the beginning of the school year, Mabel was very shy and didn’t always feel confident…

May 2, 2018

Introducing our Principles of Play ›

About a year ago, I spent a week with a group of other nonprofit leaders at the MIT Media Lab Open Leadership Camp. We explored the idea that open technology is a framework with relevance and importance for the social sector. I’m not a big technologist, but a very simple definition of open technology is…