a new role in the school: the recess coordinator
true change depends on it
Well-trained, planful, and playful, recess coordinators are the key to a new way to do recess. Our training workshops certify Recess Coordinators to:
- Work with school staff and students to ensure playspaces are inclusive, supportive, positive, engaging, and protected from the effects of social exclusion and marginalization.
- Ensure playspaces are well-equipped with a variety of materials to support a range of different types of play - creative, collaborative, active, imaginative, quiet, fun....
- Recruit, instruct, empower, and oversee rotating cohorts of Junior Changemakers. These Junior Changemakers are essential role models: they are taught to encourage and support their peers to engage in inclusive, playful, high quality social interactions;
- Use our training manual, templates, game instructions, rationale, and training materials
- Create and provide direction to a Recess Committee, something that is missing in most schools;
- Assist schools in the development of new policy and guidelines that consider children's well being, health trajectories, safety, risk assessment, and universal design;
- Maintain a rotating calendar of activities and playspaces (indoors and out) to keep students engaged and provide them with opportunities to meet new people and make new friendships;
- Collaborate with our Provincial Leads who connect them to our partners for more supports.