Is Recess the Most Underutilized Opportunity in Schools Today?

Recess is an essential component for students to succeed and grow in school. Yet, many schools have cut back on recess time and frequency to focus on academic content. This presentation focuses on what the research says about the impact recess has on indirect factors such as academics and direct factors such as youth development. Topics include:

  • Defining recess
  • Recess status and policies here and elsewhere
  • Recess and academic, physical, and social skills development impact
  • Recess – Should it be unstructured or structured?
  • What you can do to support recess


Presentation Slides

Parents’ Voices

Teachers’ Voices

Links to Research and Positions from National Organizations 


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