The pilot program will explore ways to create quality and inclusive recess and out-of-school-time (OST) experiences, supervised by staff trained in engaging play, conflict resolution and strategic interventions
The program will explore ways to create a sustainable program that is able to operate independent of Playworks and be in line with Edina Public Schools (EPS) mission, vision and strategic goals
Community Education Services (CES) Program Study Recommendations include creating a stronger alignment between all parts of the system — regular education, special services/special education, and community education — to better leverage all resources in a seamless educational delivery system, creating better alignment of learning and activities before, during and after school
EPS will work with Playworks staff to customize training to include direct ties to the Edina Public School Educational Competencies, specifically:
Student Wellness and Engagement
Innovative Use of Time, Space and Talent
Ongoing data gathering will allow for flexibility in program implementation to ensure it meets pilot outcomes and provides a quality experience for all students
Deepen connectionsacross K-5, OST staff to create a seamless system of expectations for students and families
Develop common languageamong staff, students and families around play, active learning and conflict resolution
Increase retention of high quality, consistent staff (challenge in the past)
Reduce the use of overtime costs for playground staffing and programming
Utilize Playworks training into everyday work during recess and before/after school programs by OST staff
Student populations served in OST:
KIDS CLUB (grades K-3) enrollment encompasses 37% of current grade K-3 enrollment.
WISE GUYS (grades 4-5) enrollment encompasses 34% of current grade 4-5 enrollment.
Staff Engagement with students
School Year Program - CES staff work up to six hours per day with the school’s students as part of the KIDS Club/WISE Guys programs
Summer Program - CES staff work up to eight hours per day with the school’s students as part of the KIDS Club/WISE Guys summer program
Adopt a train-the-trainer model with Playworks to build capacity system-wide.
Trainings will help to deepen staff knowledge of the power of play and recess and their role in its success.
Provide consistency of training - provide consistent trainings to teachers, school and OST staff, including training in:
Utilize Community Education Services budgeted professional development dollars to train 40 staff – primarily OST staff in addition to select Normandale and Concord recess paraprofessionals.
Total Cost = $30,800
Customized training = $26,500
Trainer expenses = $4,300
Reduce reliance of schools on outside vendors to assist with recess activities
Previous costs - $5,000-$12,000 per year per school
Improve student experiencesduring recess and OST programs
Create an atmosphere of fun, safety and inclusiveness for all students
Increase amount of physical activities that students have access to
Create a wider variety of opportunities for movement and leisure on the playground
Model positive conflict resolution strategies, inclusive play and new activities for students to try
Decrease number of playground conflicts and increase understanding and implementation of age appropriate conflict resolution strategies that will build skills so students can resolve issues independently
Increase student attentiveness and readiness to learn after recess
Decrease the amount of recess injuries and health office visits
Create a positive impact on overall school climate as indicated by students, staff and families
Who to Contact
General Information:Susan Brott, Director of Communications & Community Engagement
Evaluation Process: Randy Smasal, Director of Teaching & Learning