Playworks Launches Principal Cohort

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Playworks Offers Professional Development Training through Milwaukee Succeeds Funders Collaborative

On August 13, 2018, Playworks officially launched its innovative professional development program in partnership with Milwaukee Succeeds. The MilwaukeeSucceeds Funders Collaborative has invested $116,000 in piloting a new approach to student safety, engagement, and empowerment focused on adult training and professional development around recess.

Playworks has aligned a layered partnership approach to support building an environment of safe and healthy play in area elementary schools. This grant is aligned with the work of the Community Social Support Network of Milwaukee Succeeds and aims to improve the adult inputs in program delivery which we know has a direct link to student outcomes that can be shared with every Milwaukee school in some way.

Playworks will be working with 10 MPS schools including River Trail Elementary, Ideal, Carson Academy, Hawley Environmental School, Holmes Elementary, Alcott Elementary, Hampton Elementary, Macdowell Montessori School K3-12, Maple Tree Elementary, Franklin Elementary, as well as both elementary campuses of St. Anthony School of Milwaukee.

Over the next five months, schools will receive intensive training and coaching from Playworks. The goal of the partnership is to determine the most efficient and effective way to ensure every kid has access to safe and healthy play every day.

Learn more about Playworks and how a better recess can teach kids how to make friends, resolve conflicts, and become leaders at Recess Lab.

To learn more about Social and Emotional Learning, visit our MilwaukeeSucceeds SEL page!

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November 6, 2019

Playworks Named 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2019 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…