10 Years of Play: A Recap from the Annual Conference on the Value of Play

The U.S Play Coalition’s annual conference brought together leading experts and leaders in “PLAY FOR LIFE,” which explored play across the lifespan. IPEMA and the Voice of Play was once again a sponsor and we were thrilled to do a presentation with Olga Jarrett, Ph.D. and Lynn Campanella of Playocracy Inc. “Why Play Matters: The…

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Survey Says: While Bullying Is Real, Most Teachers Agree Recess Can Reduce It

Olga Jarrett, recess expert, wrote in her research-based case for recess that, “given the strong evidence suggesting recess meets so many physical, social, emotional, and academic needs, recess for all is a goal worth pursuing.” And we agree! The good news is that more states are getting back on track with recess, too, like Arizona.…

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Survey Says: Teachers Agree Recess is Essential to Student Development

IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds. When we wanted to uncover findings about the benefits of recess we went straight to the source – teachers! After surveying them, we hope the data will shed light on the importance of recess,…

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Recess, Park, Play: Features in NRPA

This summer, IPEMA and its Voice of Play initiative was featured in the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)’s magazine, blog and podcast! First, in the 2018 Playground Guide (part of the July issue), IPEMA’s president Tom Norquist wrote the article, “From School Yard to Park.” In this byline, we explored how in recent years,…

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A Weekend in New Orleans: The 2018 PTA Conference

We’re back from an exciting weekend in New Orleans! Representatives from IPEMA and the Voice of Play, including 2018 Marketing Committee Chair Brian Johnson, represented at the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Conference. This was the first year we attended this conference, and we were able to engage with hundreds of parents and teachers from…

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IPEMA on the NBC Nightly News

IPEMA was featured on the NBC Nightly News! A film crew recently interviewed IPEMA’s president Tom Norquist. The story focused on how old fashioned, rough and tumble, unstructured play is making a comeback, and is a game-changer; vital for kids’ creativity and independence. When a child takes a risk in play and overcomes a challenge,…

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