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
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.
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.
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.
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The Science of Kindness
- 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)
- Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
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.