It’s been 15 years since Playworks first stepped onto the playground in two Berkeley schools and began to change recess. Since then, what started as a good idea has developed into a major movement. This year, Playworks will celebrate our 15 year anniversary by serving more than 120,000 students in more than 300 schools in 22 cities in all major regions of the country.
Playworks has also added six new cities to the 2011-12 roster, and we’ve expanded into schools in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.
"It’s rewarding to see how a simple idea to teach kids games and sporting behavior at recess has grown into a national movement around play and improving school culture," says Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet. “It’s a model that continues to work."
Another Banner Year
We're also starting out on the coattails of a banner year. Surveys of nearly 2,600 principals, teachers, and staff at our 2010-11 partner schools were overwhelmingly positive.
- Nearly nine out of ten (88%) reported a decrease in the number of conflicts originating on the playground and spilling over into the classroom,
- 85% reported a reduction in the amount of time transitioning from recess to classroom instruction.
- Nationally, Playworks schools averaged more than 24 hours of reclaimed teaching time from resolving playground issues.
- In addition, 86% reported a decrease in incidents of bullying, and 87% reported a decrease in disciplinary referrals.