Does Kindness Change School Culture?

Yes! Research shows that teaching social and emotional skills like kindness improves behavior and academic success. We believe it does even more than that...

Watch the above video to see what we think about building a culture of kindness in the classroom.

... We believe kindness creates conditions which lead to a caring environment for students, teachers and community members. Everyone benefits when individuals, schools, and communities embrace kindness.

  • “It is more than telling them ‘don't bully’ or ‘follow the golden rule.’ RAK leaves a more significant impression on the kids and they have fun!”Colorado School Teacher
  • “I think kindness is really important because when I am mean to people it doesn't make me feel so great, makes me feel better when I am kind.”Student
  • “I think it is starting to permeate the whole school—adults and children, and it has brought us together as a staff.”Colorado School Teacher
  • “Students have an awareness of kindness being global, not just in the classroom, but at home too.”Colorado Teacher

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Resources for Educators

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    Research

Welcome Educators

For any educational context, from preschool and elementary through the teen years, in schools large and small as well as home-school, we provide resources to supplement, complement, and support positive behavior goals. You'll find excellent resources like our free lesson plans, kindness project ideas, calendars and graphics, and more.

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New Lesson Plans

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We provide engaging, accessible, high-quality (and FREE) resources to support schools, homes, individuals and communities in taking action to develop a culture of kindness.

Engaging Lesson activities capitalize on how students learn most effectively, incorporate videos/games/songs, and support both students’ and teachers’ social emotional learning.

Accessible All students should have equal access to learning. Lesson activities are developmentally-appropriate, offered in English and Spanish, and respond to classroom needs—including students with mental health and special education needs.

High-Quality Designed with intention. All lessons are evidence-based, integrated with academic subjects, and aligned with national education standards including: Common Core, 21st Century Skills, and CASEL’s social and emotional learning core competencies.

Download FREE Lesson Plans

Kindness Project Ideas

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Looking for fun kindness-based activities for your classroom? We've compiled dozens of great ideas to engage your students, start conversations, spur random acts of kindness, and build an overall community of kindness at your school. Visit our kindness project ideas page for details.

View All Kindness Activities

Kindness Resources

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We offer a variety of other kindness resources that are sure to inspire kindness in you and your students. You can download and share kindness calendars, posters, cards, and videos.

Download Kindness Resources

Kindness Clubs

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If you really like doing random acts of kindness and don't already have a club in your school, perhaps you should start a RAK Club. Visit our Kindness Clubs page for helpful tips on getting started. Once you get going, we'll list your club on our website.

Get Started with Kindness Clubs

Kindness Research

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Is there real scientific evidence that being kind can make a real difference to the well-being and health of individuals who both practice and receive it? Find the latest kindness research here.

See Kindness Research

OTHER RESOURCES

Human Rights Lesson Plans

We've adapted three of our lesson plans to focus on human rights issues. Consider using these plans if you are teaching this subject to your students. These plans are aligned with the Common Core.


FREE Educator Newsletter

Sign up for our free Educator Newsletter for monthly tips on bringing kindness to your classroom.

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Our Core Beliefs

  • Everyone is intrinsically kind, and sometimes we need reminding.
  • All children want to learn, and can learn kindness.
  • Social and emotional learning and academics go hand-in-hand.
  • Teaching kindness-centered skills nurtures a school culture where caring for self and others is an important community value.