Alejandro EchevarriaPrincipal, Broadway ElementaryNewark, New Jersey
Playworks has taken the worst part of the school day at Broadway Elementary and made it into a time that is fun AND productive.
Most of our suspensions and disciplinary referrals stemmed from recess. Many students wouldn’t participate in recess at all so that they wouldn’t get hurt. They would sit around the perimeter of the playground to avoid being pushed or shoved. Recess actually hindered my students’ learning for the remainder of the school day.
Disciplinary referrals at recess have diminished to nearly zero. They have become a thing of the past. Now students are ready to learn for the remainder of the school day.