Evaluation of Playworks TeamUp Model
About the Program
Playworks is a national nonprofit that provides coaching and professional development to teach, model, and empower a sustainable recess program in elementary schools.
Across the District, schools purchase different Playworks programs to support recess activities. The different Playworks programs include: (1) the Playworks Coach model, which provides a full time coach to facilitate organized play during recess and class time, (2) the Playworks Pro model, which provides professional development to school staff, and (3) the Playworks TeamUp model which is intended to be a sustainable middle ground between the Coach and Pro models. The TeamUp model provides schools with an onsite recess consultant one week (40 hours) per month. The consultant models and demonstrates best practices and provides ongoing training and consultation for the recess team.
About the Evaluation
ORE has concluded a second one-year evaluation of the Playworks TeamUp model, examining the implementation and outcomes of the TeamUp approach in nine schools during the 2017-18 school year (an increase from five schools in the 2016-17 school year).
Key Findings from 2017-18
- School staff generally gave positive feedback about the Playworks program in their schools
- School staff reported that a lack of consistency with the program was a major challenge to successful implementation by many schools
- School staff reported that they would prefer a full-time staff member to implement and manage the TeamUp model