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.