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Friday, ASCD Student Chapter Program members participated in recess. As part of our annual tradition of providing a professional learning and networking experience for chapter members who attend the conference, ASCD teamed up this year with Playworks, a national nonprofit that “connects recess to a positive school experience,” to show 21 students and faculty advisors how recess can be more than just a time for organized chaos and play.
Playworks partners with schools across the United States to help kids learn how to play together in harmony, providing leadership and conflict resolution skills on an elementary level. The lessons provided by Playworks are designed to translate inside the school to help improve the learning experience for all children throughout the day.
Early Friday morning, Playworks staff first put the student educators through their paces, teaching them techniques used at all Playworks partner schools. Then, Playworks took the chapter members to two of those partner schools nearby, where they put their learning into practice to help build the culture of play.
The event empowered student chapter members to learn and implement new skills right away and see immediate results. "It's ASCD's goal to provide preservice teachers with outside-the-box thinking and hands-on experience they can take into their professional careers," said ASCD Strategic Advisor Scott Wilson, who organized the day's activities. "The event today laid the groundwork for more such events in the future."
Learn more about Playworks at www.playworks.org. Explore ASCD’s Student Chapter Program at www.ascd.org/chapters.
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