Bellevue School District features Playworks in Washington State

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The power of play has made a seriously positive impact on schools in the Bellevue School District.

Located just east of Seattle, Bellevue contracted Playworks trainers to lead professional development programs for the whole district. As a result, they have already seen marked improvement in positive behavior on and off the playground. Discipline referrals have been cut in half and older students have become "Game Leaders" who help younger kids stay engaged during recess.

Playworks has helped shift school climate so much that the Bellevue School District touted the success of the program in this article published on their website [click to read].

This progress was reported by the local news in this story about the effects Playworks has had on recess.

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March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

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March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…