Tools and Tips for Principals & Administrators

Looking for ideas and strategies that you can use to reduce referrals, support attendance, and build community at your school(s)? We have compiled a bank of resources that will help support positive play at your school(s). We’re opening up our playbook to share strategies, skills, and tools that can be applied throughout the school day with you and your staff. Check out these resources

As school leaders, we know you have several important and often competing priorities.

Often we see that recess and play is an overlooked opportunity for accomplishing many of these goals.Studies have shown that what happens on the playground impacts the entire school day. At Playworks, we have over 25 years of experience working with elementary schools, and we’ve found that big changes start small. Taking time to reflect on your current recess, and identifying opportunities for growth, can mean fewer fights, fewer injuries, and fewer referrals – as well as smoother transitions back to the classroom. Sounds too good to be true? Let us show you.

Recess Checkup

Start with the Recess Checkup—a three-minute quiz that will help you assess the current state of your recess.

Through the Recess Checkup, you will:

  • Gain insight into areas of strength and those that need improvement
  • Receive relevant strategies that promote positive change
  • Be empowered to promote a safe and healthy recess culture for all students

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

Whether you want to improve transitions, reduce bullying, or encourage personal responsibility, we have tips, tricks, and tools that are easy for you to try. Explore our resources and discover solutions that are right for your school and your students.

Looking for a customized approach based on your school or district’s unique needs?

Reach out to Playworks

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