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 “How do I get started?  Some of the best information available online can be found at Peaceful Playgrounds…” – National Education Association

A few brave principals across the nation are bringing a long-standing school tradition to an end. They are advocating Recess Before Lunch. Recent research shows the number of schools implementing Recess before Lunch is rapidly growing. Kids eat more, waste less food, return to the class calmer, behave better and as a result, instruction time is increased. Sounds great but implementing Recess Before Lunch can be tricky. Attend this on-demand webinar where we share 5 steps to prepare staff, students, and parents for successful implementation.


We are pleased that you have decided to take this Recess Before Lunch Course. Below you will find a course description, the instructor’s biography, and course FAQs. This course is on-demand and may be taken anytime within a two-week time frame. You can come back to the course and finish it within two weeks. The course is available 7 days a week and 23 hours a day.

If you have any questions about the course, contact us at

We hope you enjoy the course!

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
Peaceful Playgrounds



By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the definition and benefits of Recess Before Lunch.

2. Understand the obstacles administrators face when implementing Recess Before Lunch

3. Understand the research behind changing to a Recess Before Lunch Schedule.


Course Description

This is an online on-demand course. Once you enroll in the course and pay for the course, you will be directed to the login and spot to begin the course. Students can progress through the readings and final quiz at their own pace during the 2 week enrollment period.


Course Content

The course is divided into 4 sections:

Section 1- This section talks about a definition of Recess Before Lunch and provides comments from various points of view including the principal, a teacher, a student and a parent.

Section 2- This section looks at the research behind Recess Before Lunch (RBL) and why it is growing in popularity. It also looks at a SHIPP study providing data on the implementation of Recess Before Lunch across the country.

Section 3- This section is called “How do I get started?” This section looks at the barriers faced in trying to change this long-standing tradition. You will also explore some comments made by administrators, teachers, and parents about RBL.

Section 4- This section looks at the steps of implementing RBL. Each step takes into consideration the concerns voiced in section 3 and how to overcome them from the perspective of the administrator, the teacher, the parent, and the students.


Target Audience

The online class is designed for physical education teachers, adapted physical education specialists, administrators, and specialists who want to learn more about the specific challenges and best practices when teaching children with autism. You do not currently need to be actively employed or working with students.


Learning Materials

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

  • Recess Before Lunch Action for Healthy Kids Handout
  • The Relationship of Meal and Recess Schedules to Plate Waste Study
  • Barriers to Recess Placement Prior to Lunch in Elementary Schools
  • Scheduling Recess Before Lunch Proves Itself
  • Benefits of Recess Before Lunch Fact Sheet
  • Recess Before Lunch Does it Make a Difference?



Each student taking this course will take a 20 question final quiz at the end of the course. A score of 16/20 will be required to pass the course. A student may retake the course anytime within the 2-week window to improve their score. Students who receive a score of 16 or higher out of 20 will receive a completion certificate.


Course Dates

This is a self-paced on-demand course that you make take 7 days a week and 24 hours of the day.

*Special Pricing for schools. Please contact us at 951-245-6970 for pricing.



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.

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