Peaceful Playgrounds Training

How to have a Peaceful Playground Webinar

A Peaceful Playground? Sound Impossible? It’s not.

With a few proven strategies, we’ll show you how to reduce bullying, and reduce playground conflicts, resulting in happy students and a thankful staff.

Our research indicates that 5 situations contribute to 95% of all problems on typical elementary school playgrounds. In this fast-paced webinar, we’ll share those problem situations and our proven strategies for turning your playground into a “peaceful place for fun and games.”


This is a great program, user-friendly, places risk in perspective, demonstrated areas for potential negligence includes helpful forms that are easily downloadable.” – Bianca Aniski, School Nurse


1. Acquire skills to improve your playground

2. Understand what goes wrong on a typical playground.

3. Learn 5 research-based solutions for what goes wrong on a typical playground.

4. Learn to establish rules and procedures for safe play on playgrounds.


We loved our Peaceful Playground training.  This program has transformed our recess time.  Simple games, the inclusion of all students and loads of procedures have made our recess time trouble free.  Thank you Peaceful Playgrounds!  Ruthie Rayner, Principal    Hupfeld Academy West Virginia


Course Description:

The course is divided into 6 areas:

Introduction – Introduces the Peaceful Playgrounds “Creed” the underpinning of the Peaceful Playgrounds recess program. Students will learn the 5 areas for improvement.

Section 1- Lack of problem-solving ability. This section will cover how problems develop of the playground and strategies teaching children appropriate problem-solving skills for settling disagreements.

Section 2- Discusses the havoc caused by playing by inconsistent game rules, as well as, the frustration it causes in children. A strategy and procedure for teaching game rules are discussed. Additionally, this section looks at the importance of safety rules to prevent injuries on the playground at recess.

Section 3- This section addresses the problem caused by lack of loose equipment at recess. The course looks at children’s’ desire to be involved in student-organized games during recess and the roadblocks to their doing so. This section also covers the equipment needed for an involvement in games based on a recommended child to equipment ratio.

Section 4- This section addresses the problems caused by a lack of school-wide rules for outdoor play. We discuss the importance of establishing rules and procedures for safe play at recess and discusses the importance of providing written rules for outdoor behavior expectancies and sharing them with parents and staff.

Section 5- Designs. This section points out that black top is an underdeveloped resource in most schools. It talks about appropriate game markings for educational settings. Some game markings suggestions are presented and illustrated in the areas of motor skill development markings, game markings, academic markings, and cooperative game markings. These markings (which are scarce in most schools) address the problem of not having enough to do on the typical school playground.

Target Audience:

“The Peaceful Playgrounds Training is designed to introduce administrators, teachers, substitute teachers, physical educators, parents, after-school personnel, and playground supervisors to the responsibilities and techniques associated with keeping children safe on a playground.”

Learning Materials:

The following learning materials are available for download at the conclusion of the course:

Playground Behavior Report
Article- 5 Strategies for Reducing Playground Injuries
Article- 10 Reasons Recess is so Important
Article – Beyond Busy Happy and Good
Article- Playgrounds Designed for Learning
Article- Disciplining Children on the Playground


Founder/President Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer


Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C.L.A. She has an MS and BS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. She holds a K-12 teaching credential in Kinesiology and Health. She holds a K-16 Administrator Clear Credential from UCLA.

Dr. Bossenmeyer taught for 27 years at public, private schools, and universities. She was a site principal and County Office Administrator as Director of Professional Development.

She is an expert witness in cases involving supervision and injuries on playgrounds in school settings.

She has authored 5 books on playgrounds and physical education. She has served on a variety of National Committees and State Boards on playgrounds and physical education.

*Special Pricing for school groups and districts are available. Please contact us at 951-245-6970 for additional information and pricing.


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