Capitol Hill Briefing - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Better Recess, Better Learning

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hosting a briefing to share results from a randomized trial, which found a healthy recess with Playworks reduced bullying and exclusionary behavior, made kids feel safer at recess and helped students transition back to the classroom to focus on learning.



  • James Marks, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jill Vialet, founder and CEO, Playworks
  • Rebecca London, PhD, senior researcher, John W. Gardener Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University
  • Roger Weissberg, president and CEO, Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Select Results from Randomized Trial

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Positive Effects

Results from cohort 1 of this randomized study showed that teachers reported less bullying and tended to report better student behavior at recess, and students felt safer and more included at recess.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

12:30-2:00 pm

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 201-00


The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement saying, "...recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development."

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Improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play.

Playworks strengthens the social, emotional, and physical development of children—and supports learning—by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess. Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time and preventing bullying.

RWJF believes that investing in physical, social, and emotional development in children is critical to forging a healthier future in America. Playworks takes a completely new and radical approach to play as a positive force for children’s development–transforming recess into an opportunity for children to grow physically, socially and emotionally. This can also enhance children’s learning, thus contributing to their future health as adults. RWJF is supporting the national expansion of Playworks, as well as an evaluation of how well the model improves children’s physical, social, and academic skills.

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