CULTIVATING RESILIENCE THROUGH KINDNESS TRAINING MATERIALS

Don't expect kindness in schools—teach it!
We'll show you how!

We are very proud to announce that all of our training materials are available online so that anyone can use them! Much of the training is focused on self-care for educators. Specifically, building resilience, gratitude, kindness and reconnecting them to what they do best—teaching. (That’s why we titled the training “Cultivating Resilience Through Kindness”.)

We hope you take the time to check out the new training! If you aren’t an educator, consider using it (with a few tweaks) where you work. The activities can be used anywhere, really.

Better yet, share these materials with educators you know! The training (and the curriculum) is fun and will benefit anyone who participates because all the activities and information are based on scientific research. We invite you to share your feedback with us at info@randomactsofkindness.org

To get started, watch our short overview video below.

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Kindness in the Classroom
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YES! IT REALLY WORKS!

It's conclusive: Teaching kindness really does make a difference.

We think our curriculum is pretty great—but of course, we would. Thankfully, you don’t have to take our word for it. We commissioned several independent researchers to study and test our curriculum.

According to their findings, teachers using our curriculum report feeling more connected to their students, seeing more kindness in their classrooms, halls and on the playgrounds, and noticing their students demonstrating more empathic, caring traits.

That’s great news, but it doesn’t stop there. The teachers also noted improved trust, fewer referrals to the office, more respect between students, and a generally more positive school and classroom culture!

To understand why social-emotional learning is so important, read this Teaching the Whole Child brief created by the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at American Institutes for Research. It also includes good information on practical ways schools & districts can incorporate social-emotional learning programs into their schools.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation commissioned several independent studies & reports which you are welcome to download and read for yourself.

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What educators & students are saying about our materials:

I'm so tired of my students being disconnected to each other, to their teachers, to their families. Today we had a student expelled for using the n-word. When I discussed the incident with my class, they said that they hear that EVERY DAY! I was shocked. I want to make a change in my school. I want them to look up from their phones, connect to other people, and be kind.

Educator

Students and teachers at my school can always include and receive more kindness in their lives and I want to help them do that.

Educator

I believe the next generation of children and even adults need to be reminded that there is goodness in the world, especially with all the tragedy. I am a school counselor and would like to bring more RAK ideas to my campus.

Educator

Working in all girls' boarding I am increasingly concerned that social media and pressures young girls are facing day to day are having a huge impact on heir ability to form healthy relationships. I am hoping that by introducing [Kindness in the Classroom] to the boarding house, girls will begin to be more outward looking at their behaviour and try to overcome the difficulties they face as an age group.

Educator

I want to be a better example to my family, especially my 13-year old daughter, of how to spread kindness and peace in our lives.

Educator

I want to teach and lead by example kindness for my students.

Educator

As a school counselor, I have noticed the change in our middle school students through the years. We have more conflict among students and hurtful words thrown out without a thought as to the damage inflicted on others. I would like to spark a change in our students.

Educator

I learned that you can always be kind to somebody. There is always time.

4th Grade Student

These lessons were easy to teach and well organized. Thanks for offering them for free!

Middle School Teacher in Colorado

OUR APPROACH

Students bring their own level of experience to any concept that is taught in the classroom, including kindness. Enter: Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the theoretical underpinning for our curriculum. UDL provides a flexible approach that can be customized for individual needs and meet students where they are. Combine that with activities that inspire students to actively engage in learning our 12 Kindness Concepts, and you've got yourself a happy classroom.

WHY TEACHING KINDNESS MATTERS

Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. They’re the so-called ‘three Rs’ – and they’re supposed to be the key to the success of our kids. But what about the skills that really matter? The skills that will help when things get tough?

What about the ability to communicate your feelings and needs? To really listen to others? To keep your emotions in check, and understand other points of view that you may not agree with? To empathize with people who are different?

We believe these skills—all linked to kindness—are just as important as academic skills.

We’re on a mission to strengthen students, classrooms and families—and society through kindness. We believe kindness is an innate, natural quality of the heart, present in every person (even if it’s not always nurtured).

SEL AND KINDNESS

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is objectively and measurably beneficial for kids. But what does SEL have to do with kindness? We're so glad you asked!

Our Kindness in the Classroom® program was created to integrate intentional kindness skill building instruction with the development of social and emotional competencies.

When you read the research about the benefits of kindness, it sounds great. But, trust us—nothing compares to seeing and experiencing these changes for yourself.



Our lessons include 12 kindness concepts which, when used consistently, provide students a scaffold to build the necessary skills to move from self-awareness to action.

 When you see that ‘action’ in action, you’ll be amazed. We promise.

According to a CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning) study, 93% of teachers believe it’s important to teach SEL—and 95% of them believe it can be taught.

Their confidence was well founded—because they found that teachers who included SEL programs in their instruction saw an 11-17% increase in the academic scores of their students.

Let’s pause on that for a second: spending 45 minutes a week on integrating SEL into the classroom could potentially raise your kids’ scores by a full letter grade!




Kindness paradigm five things

THE KINDNESS FRAMEWORK

There's a lot to read about kindness here on our website. But one of the most beautiful things about kindness is its ease and simplicity. That's reflected in our "Kindness Framework", which is what we call the simple, five-step cycle that we follow in each of our lesson plans. Here's how it works:

STEP 1 - INSPIRE
Whether its through video, role-play, books, games, or another hands-on activity, each kindness lesson is designed to inspire students. That way, teachers aren't just informing—they're using their imaginations and applying their natural ingenuity.

STEP 2 - EMPOWER
Inspiration is good—but it doesn't become transformative until students are given the tools that will let them act on that inspiration. With that in mind, the next step is for teachers to lead the class through discussions designed to empower students to find ways to be kind in their daily lives.

STEP 3 - ACT
You might be able to guess what's coming next. Once students have the ideas and the tools to act on those ideas, the next step (of course) is help students put those ideas into action. It might be a research project, it might be community service, it might be something else entirely—but regardless of the form, the program will have students bringing real, tangible kindness into the world.

STEP 4 - REFLECT
At this point, students will have experienced how great it feels to perform acts of kindness. And what does everyone want to do after doing something cool (besides ‘do it again')? Talk about it, of course! At the end of each lesson teachers guide students to reflect on what they've just experienced and learned & identify how doing kindness effects their own lives and the lives of those around them.

STEP 5 - SHARE
Each of our lessons & activities encourages students to share what they've learned with others. These take-home activities includes everything from simply telling their parents / caregivers what they've learned, playing the games at home with their siblings, drawing illustrations in a kindness journal to full-blown ‘walls of kindness' projects to inspire their communities. This reinforces what they've learned and experienced, helps others to experience it and makes it far more likely that they'll begin the kindness cycle again themselves.