"When you have academic rigour that is supported by programs that really value and teach the skills around empathy, teamwork and leadership, (kids') learning there is much richer...not only do you solve the education crisis, you are raising a generation with a vision and collective will to make all the other changes that we need"
Jill Vialet believes that playing is essential to human development, and addresses significant education reform issues by encouraging greater creativity and problem-solving skills. She believes that this approach creates learning environments where kids feel safer, more engaged and more connected. Jill launched Playworks in 1996 in Berkeley (CA) and by 2012 they have brought play and physical activities to 350 low-income, urban elementary schools in 23 cities, including Albuquerque. Their vision is that one day every child in America will get to play - every day. Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground, a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game, giving children the opportunity to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.
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