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

More Play, Fewer Suspensions ›

“It was chaos. A lot of kids would get in trouble or get hurt,” said Assistant Principal Peter Wilson, remembering what recess used to be like at Burbank Elementary in Hayward, California. With about 300 kids out on the pavement playground at a time, his school recess had been challenging. “We have this blue game…

August 10, 2017

Want to Change the Classroom? Start at Recess ›

Done right, recess improves classtime. "Our teachers get back so many hours of instruction time because they do not have to interrupt the lesson to deal with student behavior.

July 27, 2017

Why Kids Like Clinton Need Mentors ›

Last year I had a student, Clinton, who was pretty challenging. He was constantly being put on the fence by his teachers because of something he did in class or at lunch. He could be disrespectful to other kids, didn’t want to participate in games and was hard to get through to. He had some…

April 14, 2017

Steph Curry Plays Rock, Paper, Scissors with James Corden ›

Watch Steph Curry play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with James Corden on The Late LateShow. Looks like Steph learned a thing or two from the kids at Playworks! Playworks students use Rock, Paper, Scissors to resolve conflict on the playground. Steph Curry visited a Playworks school in Oakland last year as part of the Get Fit…