Meet Ms. Hawkins!

  1. Updates

Ms. Hawkin’s understands that collaboration is the best way to accomplish her goals and is working to weave the values from Playworks into the fabric of Dr. George Washington Carver Academy of Math and Science, a school that has been labeled as one of the toughest schools in the Milwaukee Public School system, riddled with bullying, high dropout rate, and low test scores.

Ms. Hawkins believes strongly in building a healthy school community and understands this involves not only a bonded team of educators but also includes bringing families into the school for positives. She recognizes that we can be a catalyst for this kind of outreach and works as a thought partner to make it a reality. Examples include: school-wide assembly to emphasize Playworks values and student safety, planning of an end-of-year community engagement event, and teacher trainings that emphasize team and incorporate Playworks activities. Most of all Ms. Hawkins is persistent and driven; she was transferred to a school with many students under stress that manifests in aggression and violence, teachers feeling divided and defeated, and parents who viewed school as an adversary.

“At the beginning of last year, Carver was like Ground Zero. Today, instead of hitting and punching, you see kids using rock-paper-scissors as a way to solve conflicts at recess. Kids are playing together in constructive ways and even the faculty seems more positive as well,” says Ms. Hawkins. Through it all she has kept her head up and has utilized Playworks as a partner to unify and shift the school climate for the better, never giving-up on her kids or her vision.

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March 25, 2021

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As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 17, 2021

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March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…