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Back to school with Making Caring Common

Back to School

In these divisive time, building caring and inclusive school communities is more urgent than ever. The work to cultivate caring begins at home, but school is where young people are first part of a community of peers; where they encounter new ideas, beliefs, identities, and cultures that they must engage with and strive to understand; and where they begin to shape their civic identities. Schools can help children become more respectful listeners, critical thinkers, and constructive community members and can give students the tools they need to sustain caring, just communities and a healthy democracy. But where and how to start?

Making Caring Common offers several opportunities for schools to tackle and sustain this important work. As you plan for the 2018-2019 academic year, we hope you will collaborate with our team as part of our Caring Schools Network, our Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign, and/or our Empathy Strategies research initiative.... Read more about Back to school with Making Caring Common

For Schools: Practical Steps for Preventing Misogyny and Sexual Harassment

Resources The Talk

We're in the midst of a national conversation about sexual harassment and misogyny in our workplaces and communities but we can’t possibly stop sexual harassment and misogyny in adulthood without addressing its deep roots in gender roles and interactions in childhood. Rates of sexual harassment and misogyny in middle school and high school are unconscionably high—these problems are far more pervasive than bullying—and schools are often utterly failing to deal with them.... Read more about For Schools: Practical Steps for Preventing Misogyny and Sexual Harassment

For Educators: The KIND Schools Challenge Toolkit

KIND Schools Challenge Toolkit

The KIND Schools Challenge is a partnership between The KIND Foundation, started by KIND Healthy Snacks, and Making Caring Common to support students seeking to make their schools kinder and more inclusive. Out of 200 ideas that were submitted from across the country, 10 incredible finalists were selected to implement their projects. This toolkit highlights selected concepts that are easy and fun to bring into any classroom.... Read more about For Educators: The KIND Schools Challenge Toolkit

Talking across difference at The Agnes Irwin School

The Agnes Irwin School

Inspired in part by the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign's call to engage students in activities that enable them to "talk across the aisle," The Agnes Irwin School has started hosting—and evaluating—a regular "Friday Forum." Wigs Frank, Chair of the History Department, describes the gathering as a way to “help bring more understanding to our students and help bring the members of our community closer, as well as help students to learn how to listen to each other and learn better how to disagree with each other.” Read on to learn more:... Read more about Talking across difference at The Agnes Irwin School

Overcoming insecurities with Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Young Women’s Leadership Academy

The KIND Schools Challenge team at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, Texas has made enormous progress on their work to increase kindness in their community. Their project, "HIT" Your Insecurities, features small group conversations to build community and culminates in a celebratory event where the team will fill piñatas with students’ written insecurities and break them to symbolize overcoming those insecurities. Here’s what the students have to say about their work on the project so far:... Read more about Overcoming insecurities with Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Building community with kindness at Fair Park Preparatory Academy

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The KIND Schools Challenge team at Fair Park Preparatory Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana aims to create community amongst students from many neighborhoods during the first year of the school’s existence. Their project encourages students to add kind and encouraging messages to a “Kind Box" that other students can take if they need a boost. Here’s what the students have to say about how their work is going so far:... Read more about Building community with kindness at Fair Park Preparatory Academy