Does Kindness Really 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... 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.
Here are some great responses from teachers who have used our lesson plans:
“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
Kindness by Kids
Here are a few drawings that kids have made depicting kindness. We'll post other drawings & photos soon, so watch this space.
NEW Lesson Plans
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.
Kindness Project Ideas
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.
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.
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The Science of Kindness
- Three Strategies for Bringing More Kindness into Your Life
- Kindness Breeds More Kindness
- Elation: The Amazing Effect of Witnessing Acts of Kindness
- Can kindness movements make a difference? (BBC News)
- Can we teach kindness? (BBC News Article)
- A report on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
What has RAK been up to?
- Co-hosting an SEL Forum with Mark Greenberg and Daniel Goleman.
- Creating a kindness-themed summer camp in China.
- Organizing our annual summit with SEL thought leaders and practitioners.