Coaches Go Back to School

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If you walked into a room full of adults playing games from their days on the playground, would it even occur to you that serious training was in progress? When Playworks San Francisco needs to train its coaches for the upcoming year, we do so with games and interactive workshops. You might think that all you need to know to be a Playworks coach revolves around how to play kickball and four square. The coaches learned how incorrect this assumption is.  Within the first hour of pre-service, the coaches realized they were about to learn much more than simply the basic rules of playground games.

Pre-service includes discussions and training that revolve around effective group management, how to plan for class game time, diffusing conflicts using preemptive measures like rock-paper-scissors, and of course, lots of games.

This playful environment gives Playworks coaches the foundation they will need in order to bring the power of play to each elementary school that they work at.  This training is more than just a way for Playworks coaches to understand the job they are undertaking. It’s also about getting to know one another, create friendships, forming bonds that will help support them throughout the rest of the year.

When pre-service is over, the coaches will be ready to take on the recess yard. Playbook in hand, they will shift the climate at our 24 schools in San Francisco, Marin, and the peninsula, giving every child they work with a chance to play in a safe and inclusive way, everyday.

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April 5, 2022

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

Check out this inspiring video showcasing Playworks Northern California’s continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2021-22 school year. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to over 30,000 elementary school children of promise in Northern California this year. We are grateful for their support of this important work!

March 30, 2022

Playworks Celebrates Women’s History Month ›

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November 19, 2021

AAA’s Creating Safe Spaces Guide and Lesson Plan ›

In partnership with AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah School Safety Patrol program, we’re proud to share teacher-led and student self-guided digital educational resources for Creating Safe Spaces – an interactive guide for students on how to have courageous conversations. AAA Creating Safe Spaces Overview This lesson is all about students being leaders in creating safe spaces…