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  • CES Program Study - Year Two (2015-16): Recess Pilot Initiative


    • 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 connections across K-5, OST staff to create a seamless system of expectations for students and families
    • Develop common language among staff, students and families around play, active learning and conflict resolution
    • Maximize Resources
      • Staffing
        • 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  
      • Professional Training
        • 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:
          • Equity
          • MasteryConnect
          • CPR/First Aid
          • Special Populations
      • Finances
        • 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 experiences during 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

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