Recess is when kids learn to solve problems, make decisions, take turns, express their ideas, and listen to others. Adults can help. Playworks Pro provides training and ongoing professional development to school administrators, teachers, and staff to create and maintain a great recess throughout the school year. We also provide training for staff at youth-serving organizations.


Schools using Playworks Pro see a measurable difference.

98%of educators report an increase in the number of students engaged in healthy play at recess
95%of educators agree that Playworks improves overall school climate
86%of educators report a decrease in the amount of class time spent resolving conflicts

Results from a 2017 survey of 553 staff at Playworks Pro schools

Playworks Pro Workshops

Our workshops teach proven strategies to create and maintain a great recess throughout the school year. Our professional trainers help your team discover shared, play-based strategies for recess supervision, group management, and conflict resolution and give your team opportunities for group reflection and action planning.

The Power of Play: 
Energize your team through play-based practices that lay the foundation for a safe, healthy recess environment.

Group Management One: Learn five key group management strategies adults can use to set youth up for successful group behavior.


Game Facilitation: Learn to teach and facilitate games in ways that are inclusive of all learning styles and to create smooth transitions between activities.


Group Management Two: Dive deep into tactics for redirecting challenging behaviors and establishing rules and consequences that help meet all kids’ needs.

Indoor Recess Design: Learn new indoor games and create action plans to keep kids active and engaged indoors, no matter the space available.

Advanced Workshops:
Choose from topics like Recess Youth Leadership, Recess Sustainability, and more. Or, schedule a consultative visit.

Online Learning: After your training, staff have access to PlayworksU: bite-sized online courses that support in-person learning. Learn More

Depending on your staff capacity and goals, we can help you select the option that’s best for your school, district, or youth organization.

Customize a training plan for your staff

About Playworks Pro

Effective, fun, professional service

All of our programs are taught by professional trainers and have been carefully designed to impart tangible tools. Our objective is for your staff to become more successful in helping youth play well together, share, resolve conflicts, and develop leadership. FAQ

Anywhere in the U.S.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, Playworks provides high-energy workshops with coaching and support in your community. Our dedicated trainers work on location in schools and youth organizations of all sizes. This ensures every client receives high-quality, cost-effective service.

Tailored to your needs

Trainings are intended for groups of ten or more participants, from half-day workshops to full-year partnerships. Depending on your staff capacity and goals, we can help you select the option that’s best for your school or district. Playworks Pro is also available for youth organizations.

Playworks Pro Case Studies

May 10, 2017

How Canyons School District Improved Outcomes District-Wide With Playworks ›

When Utah introduced new state PE standards in 2015, Canyons knew they needed to act quickly. At the same time, they didn’t want to lose sight of their highest-priority strategies for their 29 schools. “We were really addressing four things at once,” recalls Allan Whitmore, Canyons’ evidence based learning specialist. “In addition to common teacher…

September 15, 2016

Fun and Games Means Learning for Teachers, Too ›

At The Waldorf School of Baltimore, “all fun and games” means serious learning—for teachers! This year, the school brought in Playworks trainer Sean Keelan to lead two days of hands-on workshops for teachers before the first day of school. Curious about partnering with Playworks? Read the Waldorf School of Baltimore’s blog “Fun & Games” to see how…

November 28, 2016

How One Tennessee School Turned Recess Around ›

When P.E. teacher Hannah Reinke found out that her students at Antioch Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee would get daily recess, she was thrilled. Then reality hit. Last year, Antioch Middle School borrowed time from other periods to give students recess for the first time. Seven teachers, including Reinke, were charged with leading a recess break…

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Onsite Coaches

Create a culture of play before, during, and after school every day with a skilled Playworks Coach.

Playworks Coach

Consultative Support

Equip your recess team through on-site support and modeling during the school day.

Playworks TeamUp

Recess Reboot

Staff Training

Sharpen play facilitation skills with professional development for your staff.

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Online Learning

Experience the power of play with bite-sized online courses or subscribe to weekly, curated content.


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