August 13, 2018

Student Plays at Recess for the First Time ›

This story comes from Laura Diedrich, an educator in Littleton, CO upon completing Playworks Pro and implementing new games and activities at recess. Sean is an amazing first grader at our school. He loves to talk with teachers and be a helper whenever possible. We began noticing that at recess, he would much rather hang…

March 11, 2018

The Changing Playground ›

It is raining outside, as it usually is in Oregon. Ella, a fifth grader, sits by herself against the wall at recess. She refuses to make eye contact with any of the kids running past her. She tells me she had to give a speech in class today, and it did not go well. She…

March 9, 2018

AmeriCorps Coach Inspires Youth Leaders ›

Our Playworks AmeriCorps coaches make a positive impact every day at each of the schools we serve in Southern California. Coaches transform schools, engage communities, and inspire youth leaders. During AmeriCorps Week we celebrate their commitment to service and getting things done on playgrounds all over Southern California. Here’s an inspiring story from AmeriCorps Coach…

March 9, 2018

Getting Things Done in the Motor City! ›

Our AmeriCorps members are the shining light of the programming here in Michigan! They hold the very rewarding, and sometimes challenging position of being the day-to-day faces of our overall mission. All of our Playworks Coach schools are supported by AmeriCorps members. They serve Monday through Friday at their school sites, but also dedicate a…

February 20, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Herzog ›

Current Role: Senior Manager of Experiences at IfOnly Who is Catherine Herzog? I’m a native to Southern California and have chased sunshine and adventure since I was a kid. I am known to be an impulsive and frequent traveler, with a habit of moving every few years (typically to places I’ve never visited before), including…

January 12, 2018

Making teaching playful ›

For former Playworks coach turned second-grade teacher Dana Lovecchio, play doesn’t just enhance learning, it’s central to her teaching approach. “I like to think that everything I need to know about teaching I learned at Sports4Kids and Playworks,” says Lovecchio. Lovecchio served as a coach for Playworks (then Sports4Kids) from 2002 to 2004 in the…

October 18, 2017

Overcoming the challenges of creating an inclusive school community ›

Educators know that helping new students transition into a school’s  culture is critical to building and sustaining a healthy community. This can be tough, especially when students come from different backgrounds or cultures. We see examples of schools overcoming this challenge on Playworks playgrounds around the country. The key to their success is enabling students…

October 17, 2017

Inclusive Play Five Days a Week ›

For over two decades, we’ve been bringing kids and school communities together with play. On Playworks playgrounds, you won’t see kids sidelined. You’ll see high-fives, positive-reinforcement, and different students coming together to achieve a common goal. Use this checklist to make your playground safer and more welcoming for all students. Monday: Girls and Boys Playing…

October 11, 2017

Coach Alumna Brings Joy to School Community as Principal ›

Alumni Spotlight: Eleanor Alderman Current Role: Principal, International Community School (ICS), Oakland, CA Before Eleanor began her career in teaching and school administration, she was an AmeriCorps coach with Playworks (then called Sports4Kids). We sat down with Eleanor to learn about her journey from coaching to leading school communities. Give us an elevator-pitch-style history about…