Schools hire playground consultants for ‘safer’ and ‘more inclusive’ recess

Schools hire playground consultants for ‘safer’ and ‘more inclusive’ recess
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Students in two Edina School District elementary schools are complaining that adults are ruining recess.

District officials opted this year to employ a “recess consultant” to launch a pilot project at Concord and Normandale elementary schools designed to make students’ play time safer and “more inclusive,” KARE 11 reports.

“This is really about active play, it’s about being inclusive to all kids that we have from all the different cultures and backgrounds, so it’s about teaching kids the social skills to have healthy play,” Randal Smasal, the district’s director of teaching and learning, told the news site.

“The staff talk to the kids about what quality play looks like, how to be inclusive.”

The structured and inclusive approach to recess is promoted by the nonprofit firm Playworks, which works with school districts across the country to remake the recess experience with adults who hawk over students to police their behavior and correct it.

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