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Kindness in the Classroom

Study Kindness. Earn Credit. Change Your Classroom.

Social & Emotional Learning Through
Kindness in the Classroom


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World-renowned experts in education and emotional competency explore how teaching kindness improves classroom climate and academic outcomes.

The best part? You can earn 2 continuing education units and take the course from the comfort of your own home.

“Social & Emotional Learning Through Kindness in the Classroom” is primarily designed for P-12 educators and counselors, and is also useful to parents, especially those who are homeschooling.


  1. Can students learn to be kinder to one another?
  2. Is there a positive correlation between character education and overall achievement in school?
  3. What does a kindness-centric pro-social education program look like?
  4. Can social and emotional learning be formalized without becoming dogmatic or political?
  5. How does kindness improve behavior and attitudes amongst teachers?
  6. Does kindness instruction have lasting impact?


This course is intended to increase educator awareness of how teaching prosocial behavior contributes to social problem solving, academic engagement and improved classroom and school climate.

Participants will:

  1. Study definitions of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in school
  2. Study developmental theories of cognitive and moral development as a foundation for classroom practice pertaining to kindness
  3. Examine philosophy pertaining to caring for and being kind to others
  4. Explore a new framework for integrating traditional school subject matter and the practice of kindness
  5. Compare, analyze and assess efforts to implement SEL
  6. Design curriculum that integrates developmental theory with classroom practice
  7. Explore a new framework for integrating traditional school subject matter and the practice of kindness
  8. Become part of a community of teachers committed to long-term engagement in the exploration of social and emotional learning



Dr. Randy Testa (Harvard School of Education) Vice President, Education and Professional Development, Walden Media. [FULL BIO]




Dr. Jonathan Cohen is an educator-clinician. He has worked with K-12 students, educators and parents since 1974 as a middle school special educator, school psychologist, professional development facilitator, and school climate improvement leader/learner. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. [FULL BIO]



David Esquith has served in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for 23 years. Mr. Esquith brings a wealth of program and management experience to OSHS having worked with formula and discretionary grant programs in the Office of Special Education Programs, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). [FULL BIO]



Brenda Girton-Mitchell is the director of the Department's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education is to promote student achievement by connecting schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, as we build a culture of educational excellence. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Patricia Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student learning. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Daniel P. Liston is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His past work includes numerous articles and several books examining the social and political context of schooling, teacher education, and curriculum theory. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Nel Noddings spent fifteen years as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum supervisor in public schools; she served as a mathematics department chairperson in New Jersey and as Director of the Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago. At Stanford, she received the Award for Teaching Excellence three times. She also served as Associate Dean and as Acting Dean at Stanford for four years. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Robert W. Roeser is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at Portland State University and former Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master's degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Kim received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. [FULL BIO]



Dr. Robert L. Selman is the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 1992, he founded the Prevention Science and Practice Program at HGSE, and from 2000-2005 he was the Chair of the Human Development and Psychology Area. [FULL BIO]



Richard Weissbourd is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and a lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood and effective schools and services for children. [FULL BIO]



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