Ashoka Fellow
Canada
Fellow Since 2018
This description of Lauren McNamara's work was prepared when Lauren McNamara was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2018.
Introduction
Dr. Lauren McNamara is changing ways that elementary schools approach recess and outdoor play in childhood. Her goal is to ensure play environments at school support and optimize positive social and emotional development for all children. Dr. McNamara’s ‘The Recess Project’ is an evidence-based, holistic, and systemic approach to cultivate recess as a space for cumulative gain for young people in society.
The New Idea
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The Person

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