August update: Caring at school, chores at home, Youth Advisory Board, SXSW voting, and more

August 2018 update

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In the news

Read coverage of Making Caring Common's work related to raising caring kids, college admissions, and developing low-lift empathy strategies for middle school and high school classrooms:

For more information and resources, check out our website, and be sure to follow Making Caring Common on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation online.


For schools: New budget-friendly and streamlined Caring Schools Network

Deadline approaching!

Work with the Making Caring Common team to use data and light-lift strategies to improve school culture and climate and to build key skills in students.

To learn more about our Caring Schools Network, visit our website or book a time to speak with Glenn Manning, our Senior Program Coordinator. We hope you'll join us in this important work!


Vote for Making Caring Common's SXSW Edu panel!

Making Caring Common has teamed up with ClassDojo, Hechinger Report, and Beacon Elementary School for the proposed SXSW Edu panel "Kindness Starts in Kindergarten." Please vote for our panel before August 30!


Youth Advisory Board applications are open!

Tell the 9th-12th graders in your life about Making Caring Common's Youth Advisory Board!

The Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of young people from across the country who are committed to making schools more caring and respectful places through everyday interactions.

We especially want young people who are not typically identified as leaders in their schools, those who may be socially marginalized, and those who represent minority groups within their school community to apply.


Caring Schools #CommonGood profile: The Loomis Chaffee School

Inspired by the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign’s call to engage students in activities that enable them to "talk across the aisle," The Loomis Chaffee School has placed prominent focus on their “Shultz Fellows” Club to encourage students to discuss political topics and educate their school community about handling civil discourse. Read on to learn more about the club and key takeaways for school leaders.


More opportunities for teachers and school leaders

We thought the following opportunities from our friends would be of particular interest to teachers and schools leaders:

HGSE Professional Education offers a wide range of courses and workshops throughout the year. This fall, their "Instructional Rounds" course and their two-week-long online workshops seem particularly well suited to the Making Caring Common community.

The Middle School Kindness Challenge once again includes Making Caring Common's research-based, low-lift strategies. Sign up for the fall cycle!

The Independent Curriculum Group offers resources for schools that are considering moving away from offering AP courses (although they do not advocate for a specific approach to AP courses). Their resources and support may be useful to schools that have joined the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign.

Character Day is a free day and global initiative where school districts, individual classrooms, companies, organizations, and families screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives, dive into free printed discussion materials catered to different ages, and join an online global Q&A conversation. Sign up and join the global movement on September 26, 2018.

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