Building A Culture of Health Through Safe and Healthy Elementary School Recess
The Playworks TeamUp program can help schools make recess more organized and safe, and ensure healthy play is taking place. Participating schools reported improvements in recess organization, students’ familiarity with a variety of games, and their access to playground equipment. The majority of TeamUp schools said that after they started using the program, students were more active, more cooperative, and more likely to use strong conflict resolution when needed. Most schools reported declines in bullying, disciplinary referrals, the number of conflicts spilling back into class, and the amount of class time spent resolving those conflicts.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
December 1, 2014
Playing Fair: The Contribution of High-Functioning Recess to Overall School Climate in Low-Income Elementary Schools ›
In schools that achieved a high functioning recess, teachers and principals agreed that by the end of the year, recess offered more opportunities for student engagement, conflict resolution, pro-social skill development, and emotional and physical safety. Respondents linked these changes to improved overall school climate.
May 2, 2013
Impact and Implementation Findings from an Experimental Evaluation of Playworks: Effects on School Climate, Academic Learning, Student Social Skills and Behavior ›
Summary A randomized control trial by Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University found that compared to control schools, Students are more physically active at Playworks schools: There was a 43% difference in the amount of time students spent in vigorous activity during recess at Playworks schools compared to non Playworks schools. Playworks schools have…
December 8, 2017
A new review conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation found that Playworks stands out among social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for evidence of impact. The review found that the Playworks Coach service is one of only seven elementary school SEL interventions to meet the highest criteria for evidence of impact…