Conflict Resolution

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…

May 24, 2017

New Study Shows Impact of Recess ›

Adult interactions play a key role in recess outcomes.

October 10, 2016

Democracy Begins on the Playground ›

Twelve games to develop engaged citizens of the future.

Journal Sentinel

April 19, 2016

Playworks Makes Learning Social Skills Fun At Recess At MPS ›

Before coaches started organizing recess activities at more than a dozen city schools, small conflicts could escalate quickly. Arguing, shoving, kids egging on the drama, suspensions and later disruptions in class were common. “It was chaos,” said Jordan Knopp, a third-grade teacher at Siefert Elementary, 1547 N. 14th St. Today, Siefert’s recess discipline referrals are down,…

The Columbian

March 19, 2016

Playworks helps teach students how to play nice ›

Woodland, WA—Up until about a month ago, recess at Woodland Primary School had more kids bickering, running around and getting sent to the office, according to Nicole Metteer, recess supervisor at the school for kindergarten and first-grade students. But this week, Woodland finished its fourth week working with Playworks, a national nonprofit that works with…

The Orange Country Register

March 8, 2016

Santa Ana students learning playground lessons on respect and confidence ›

A loud buzzer announces recess at Santa Ana’s James A. Garfield Elementary. Youngsters stream out of their classrooms and pause briefly in neat lines before scattering across the blacktop to bounce balls, skip rope and play tag. It’s a typical schoolyard scene, unfolding against a soundtrack of shrieks and shouts. But considerably more is at…

The Lund Report

April 17, 2013

Playworks Emphasizes Safer, Healthier Schoolyard Play ›

In-school coaches, training help reduce the discipline problems associated with recess – which pediatricians say is critical to healthy development, but can also be the crucible of conflicts between kids  Just a few years ago, Susan McElroy wouldn’t schedule anything at Grout Elementary, where she serves as principal, for the period immediately following recess. That’s…