Vulnerable Populations portfolio grantee, Playworks, harnessed the power of play at its second annual conference, "Play On 2010." Nearly 300 parents, teachers, coaches and others played, learned and laughed their way through two interactive days of fun and education.
During the conference, Playworks shared the latest research on play and the best strategies to preserve, protect and promote play and physical activity in schools and communities. In particular, the event highlighted the critical role that physical activity serves in academics.
Participants heard from an powerful line-up of fellow play enthusiasts, including:
- Author and New York University Professor of Education, Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.
- Good Morning America News Anchor, Juju Chang
- Author and co-director of UCLA’s Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, Toni Yancey, M.D., M.P.H.
- Two-time World Cup Champion and U.S. Soccer Gold Medalist, Julie Foudy
Never been to a conference that encourages play AND learning? Check it out conference photos from of Bellelli Educacion. See just how much fun one can have using the power of play to learn!
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that provides safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Founded in 1996, Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools. Playworks currently serves more than 100,000 children in 250 low-income schools in 15 cities throughout the country every school day. By 2012, Playworks will serve more than 650 schools in 27 US cities.
For more information, visit http://www.playworks.org.