Why We Play


June 13, 2017



12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Playworks Pennsylvania for a conversation.

Why We Play

Featuring Dr. Angela Duckworth, Scott Barry Kaufman, and Playworks Founder & CEO Jill Vialet

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton

237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ormandy West Conference Room

Tickets: $40

Learn more about why we play and the role of play in school climate and student outcomes below, and register today.

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Physical Activity

A child’s brain is more active and ready to learn when engaged in regular physical activity. Regional Stat: 94% of staff reported an increase in the number of students that are physically active at recess.


Decreased Bullying

Playworks creates a safe, respectful and inclusive play space and teaches kids conflict resolution techniques. Regional Stat: 83% of staff reported a decrease in the number of bullying incidents on the playground.

Readiness to Learn

Regional Stat: 81% of staff reported a decrease in time spent transitioning from recess to classroom. Staff reported on average 20 hours recovered transitioning from recess to learning over the course of the year.


Social and Emotional Skills

Regional Stat: 96% of staff reported an increase in the level of cooperation with others during class. Regional Stat: 79% of staff reported a decrease in conflicts from recess spilling into the classroom. When used to its full potential, play has the ability to support the development of cognitive, social, and emotional literacy skills such as cooperation with others, use of conflict resolution strategies, and feelings of inclusion.

Regional results from a survey of administrators, teachers, and other staff at schools with Playworks Coach programming in the 2015-2016 school year.