Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed.

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Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed. is the co-author of Strategies for Recess in Schools, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice, and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools. A veteran health and physical education teacher, and leader in physical education and physical activity, she has received numerous teaching awards, including NASPE Teacher of the Year. Francesca has conducted over 200 professional development sessions across the United States on topics as diverse as children’s fitness, strategies for recess in schools, interdisciplinary physical education, student assessment, and comprehensive school physical activity programs. Formerly a Project Director at SHAPE America for a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she has served as master trainer for CDC’s comprehensive school physical activity program and recess trainings. Francesca is a connector who is committed to improving professional practice and creating a culture of physical activity for youth across the country.

Recess is not just a break for kids in school. It’s important to take a break and engage in fun activity in any environment in order to stay energized and engaged. Yet the concept of recess seems to suggest giving people permission to slack off and be...