Using play to develop students’ social skills and improve positive school culture

Happy schools support student learning. In order to create happy schools, we must consider how to create an environment where kids want to attend, participate, and succeed. By focusing on improving recess, Playworks is able to do just that.

“Playworks has enabled us to have more laughter and less fear, more players and less spectators, more encouragement and less put-downs, more order and less chaos, and more confidence and less uncertainty. Above all, Playworks has brought us less frowns and more smiles," said Principal Michael Aaronian at Lupine Hills Elementary School in California.

study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University, found that Playworks led to a fundamental positive shift in school climate in just one school year. The study also noted that a positive school climate has been linked to a host of favorable student outcomes, from attendance to achievement.

Playworks strengthens the social, emotional, and physical development of children by including and engaging every child in healthy play. Our programming restores valuable teaching time, reduces bullying, and increases physical activity, shifting the school culture into an environment that is conducive for youth to thrive.

 

Check out these six ways to improve kids’ social skills.

 

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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…