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Play With Purpose

OUR MISSION
Cognitive Development Through Screen-Free Play

The Play With Purpose Initiative’s main mission is to help students improve academic achievement by developing their cognitive abilities and to help them develop important life skills that will lead to a lifetime of successes in the classroom, in the community and within their families.

A secondary mission of The Play With Purpose Initiative is to foster an environment that will help improve students’ self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence, as well as to provide a venue to develop interpersonal skills such as communication, cooperation, teamwork and leadership.

WHO WE ARE
The Play With Purpose Initiative IS Play with Purpose!

The Play With Purpose Initiative develops thinking skills, fosters innovation, and inspires learning in youth by bridging the gap between the toy and game industry and local education communities. Through our grassroots approach and strategic partnerships with game manufacturers that share our commitment to education, we encourage a culture of play-based learning that is missing from most classrooms and many families. We create an environment where students feel safe to take risks and realize individual potential, resulting in a lifelong love of learning and strong leadership in the classroom, in the community, and in our changing world.

OUR VISION
We believe children learn best through play

The American education system has become obsessed with tests. This obsession has limited the flexibility for innovation in many classrooms across the country, forcing otherwise quality teachers to focus on teaching to the test. In our view, a lack of flexibility and creative thinking in the way we teach leads to a lack of flexibility and creative thinking in the students we teach.

In fact, a recent study has shown that only one in three US students have the skills and qualifications needed to enter college and be successful.1 To us, this suggests a great need to rethink what and how we’re teaching our students.

The Play With Purpose Initiative Founder and President J. Pine, himself a former teacher, often grew frustrated with the constraints the testing culture put on his ability to adapt to his students’ needs. Out of this frustration came the first The Play With Purpose Initiative programs, focusing on the skills he believes are most important for students in their future lives: cognitive processing speed, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership. The Play With Purpose Initiative programming continues to meet the demand for innovation in education, in pursuit of the goal of a system where all students can excel.

OUR MODEL

Using grassroots techniques to inspire learning in local communities

 

We form strong connections with educators, students, and the communities in which we work, delivering innovative methods of teaching and learning while addressing the unique needs of each stakeholder. For educators, we provide professional development to share our expertise in using game play in the classroom. For students in our before, during, and after-school programs, game play provides an opportunity to have fun while developing cognitive and social skills that are often overlooked during the regular school day. Outside of the school setting, we reach the community at large by offering family game nights, spring and summer camps, and specialty workshops at The Game Room – The Play With Purpose Initiative’s Chicago headquarters.

The Play With Purpose Initiative is committed to providing quality education programs that offer youth an opportunity to develop cognitive processing speed, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills in a setting that is safe, active, and fun!

OUR SERVICES

4 STUDENTS

  • After-School Enrichment
  • Before-School Enrichmentrise & SHINE!
  • Young Inventor Workshop
  • Young Authors Workshop
  • Indoor Recess
  • Field Trips
  • ESL/ELL Programs
  • Gifted Programs
  • Special Need Programs

 

4 EDUCATORS

 

  • The Play With Purpose Conference
  • Workshops
  • The Game Box

 

4 EVERYONE

 

  • B.SHARP Cognitive Training
  • Knockin' Noggins
  • Family Game Nights
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising 

FOUNDER - J. PINE

The Play With Purpose Initiative Founder and President, J. Pine, has over 25 years of educational experience, including classroom experience as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, 20+ years experience in after-school programming and extensive experience in curriculum development. Jason has also started and run successful small ventures, and most recently, led the education initiative for a leading national toy and game retailer. He has a BS in Education and a Masters in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

The Play With Purpose Initiative develops thinking skills, fosters innovation and inspires learning in youth by bridging the gap between the toy and game industry and local education communities. Through our grassroots approach and strategic partnerships with game manufacturers that share our commitment to education, we encourage a culture of play-based learning that is missing from most classrooms and many families. Our goal is to create an environment where students feel safe to take risks and realize their individual potential, resulting in a lifelong love of learning and strong leadership in the classroom, in the community and in our changing world.

The Play With Purpose Initiative's Consulting Services assist the toy and game industry in successfully creating products and services for the education sector that engage students, educators and families, through a variety of services, including product play-testing, focus groups, product marketing and speaking engagements.

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