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…

February 20, 2018

What if every student had an Inspired Teacher? ›

The Inspired Teaching Residency prepares exceptional individuals for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC. Truly valuing the complexity and importance of the teaching profession, the Inspired Teaching Residency recognizes that investing the necessary time into teacher preparation is in the best interest of students. Inspired Teaching Fellows learn to be…

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…

October 2, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Odiaka Gonzalez ›

Raised in Atlanta, GA, Odiaka Gonzalez graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Psychology.  Prior  to serving as the executive director of Oakland Leaf, a nonprofit that utilizes creative education to develop young leaders to become agents of change in their community, Odiaka was a program manager at Playworks East Bay. A husband, father,…

October 2, 2017

From the Playground to USC ›

After graduating from college, McKenna Griffith was searching for an opportunity where she could make an impact on students’ lives. She was interested in youth development and wanted to hone her skills by earning a master’s in social work, but McKenna knew that she needed more experience to successfully transition into a graduate program. When…

September 25, 2017

Play Works Through Training ›

With about 300 kids out on the pavement playground at a time, recess at Burbank Elementary in Hayward, California was “scary.”   “It was chaos. Kids were everywhere. We have this blue game wall, but the kids didn’t really know what to do so they used it for soccer. They’d have one kid stand against…