Thursday, August 4, 2011
Playworks is Coming to GVA
We are so excited and grateful! Global Village Academy-Northglenn was just chosen as a Playworks school, joining Global Village Academy-Aurora, which was selected as a Playworks school last spring.
Playworks is an amazing program that uses play to foster the physical, social, and emotional development of our children. This dynamic organization was founded in Oakland, California by Jill Vialet in 1996 as Sports4Kids. They changed their name to Playworks in 2009. The program came to Denver in 2010. They worked with seven schools last year. And now they will be working with both of our campuses for the 2011-2012 school year.
Playworks implements “a powerful system of play that is making a daily difference where it is most needed. With energy and imagination, high fives and hula hoops, Playworks builds play and physical activity into a positive school environment, offering opportunities throughout the entire day, beginning before the first bell rings and continuing until well after the last has silenced.”
They work in the following five areas as their website explains.
Recess Time: Armed with balls, cones, jump ropes and enthusiasm, Playworks coaches take to the blacktop or hardwood every recess, taking advantage of the amazing teaching and learning opportunities inherent in recess and bringing healthy, inclusive play that moves kids off the sidelines and engages them in the action.
Leadership Development: We build play into leadership through the Playworks Junior Coach program, which encourages teams of students to work together to learn games, fair play and positive conflict resolution and to teach these skills and lessons appropriately to their classmates.
Class Game Time: Between recess bells, Playworks coaches establish a weekly schedule of class game time activities, providing an inclusive, consciously cooperative approach to introducing sports and physical activity to children. Kids learn basic sports, playground and cooperative games, as well as lessons on physical health and fitness and principals of violence prevention and safety.
Interscholastic/Developmental Sports Leagues: Playworks builds empathy and teamwork through our interscholastic/developmental sports leagues, which teach students the skills of games like basketball, volleyball and soccer. In many cases, these Playworks leagues provide opportunities that students may not otherwise have.
Out-of-School Time Programs: Finally, Playworks builds play into the fabric of the community with our out-of-school time programs, which bring kids together before or after the bells each day to focus on learning and growing. These programs provide students with a solid combination of scholastic support, engaging physical activities and group projects within a consistent community.
To learn more about Global Village Academy, visit our web site: www.globalvillageacademy.org