Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign

High School Campaign

We’re mobilizing schools to help young people create a better world.

Our country is bitterly divided and at a crossroads. We need to mobilize the great strengths of Americans to mend our country’s fractures and to prepare young people to build strong, inclusive communities and to strengthen democracy. This work has perhaps never been more important.

That’s why we are asking middle and high schools across the country* to join us in taking action to help prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world.

To join the Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign, we are asking schools to take new action or substantially augment an existing action to advance one or more of the following goals:

  1. Deepen students’ care for others and their communities;
  2. Increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process; and
  3. Reduce excessive achievement pressure.

These goals align with and build on our successful Turning the Tide initiative that has engaged more than 175 college admissions offices nationwide. More information about how schools can join the campaign can be found on the “Schools” section of this website.

The reason we are asking for “new” commitments is because the campaign is based on the assumption that during these divisive, troubling times, we all need to do more and do better. In addition, campaigns like this will only generate attention to your actions and momentum if they are comprised of new actions. While joining the campaign requires a new commitment, we are also delighted to share your current school practices that advance one or more of these goals.

Schools that join us as leaders during this first phase of the campaign will be invited to participate in the national campaign launch on March 6, 2018. To participate as a campaign leader, schools should let us know about their specific commitment(s) by March 5, 2018. However, we understand that implementing new actions in most schools will take much longer.

Now is the time to say “enough” to growing selfishness and antagonism in our society, and to work to assure that young people have the commitment and skills they need to build a more caring and just world.

Review potential actions →

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*We also welcome international schools to join our campaign.
**Please note that this is an updated deadline. Many schools requested additional time to formalize their participation.

Schools play a critical role in preparing young people to be caring, engaged citizens.

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.

Our high school and middle school campaign offers schools a list of actions to choose from that can:

  1. Deepen students’ care for others and sense of responsibility for their communities;
  2. Reduce excessive achievement pressure; and
  3. Promote access and equity for all students in the college admission process.

We encourage schools to generate their own ideas instead of, or in addition to, the options we have developed. Once schools choose their action(s), Making Caring Common will either directly support schools or recommend resources to schools as they implement new ideas.

Review the menu of possible actions now →

To join the Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign, we are asking schools to:

  1. Commit to new action(s) or substantially augment existing actions;
  2. Encourage peer schools to join the campaign as part of a national recruitment effort.

Schools that join us as leaders during this first phase of the campaign will be invited to participate in the national campaign launch on March 6, 2018. To participate as a campaign leader, schools should let us know about their specific commitment(s) by March 5, 2018. However, we understand that implementing new actions in most schools will take much longer.

Schools can get started by:

  1. Reviewing the menu of potential actions or brainstorming new action(s) or ways to substantially augment existing actions with your school community;
  2. Mapping out the decision-making process at your school, ensuring that key school decision-makers (school leaders, faculty committees, etc.) support and sign off on the chosen action(s);
  3. Letting us know which action your school chooses by February 1, 2018* for inclusion in our press materials related to a national recruitment effort.

Resources for schools:

  1. Printable campaign handout (PDF);
  2. Menu of potential actions;
  3. Resources for announcing your action(s) to your school community (coming soon!).

Ready to take action? Join us today! →

 

*Please note that this is an updated deadline. Many schools requested additional time to formalize their participation.

In times of bitter division and incivility, our path forward as parents is clear: raising children who care for others and their communities.

As parents, we have a fundamental responsibility to raise children who will be constructive, caring community members and citizens. Developing children’s care and empathy for others also reduces bullying and harassment, increases student well-being, and has been shown to improve academic outcomes. While educators can do this work with children, this work begins and is reinforced at home.

Parents and families can be leaders in our campaign by collaborating with their children’s schools to implement new actions and by working with and supporting their children at home.

Parents and families can get started by:

  1. Sending information about the campaign to school leaders (see “Resources” below) and asking to set a meeting to discuss how your school might get involved;
  2. Sharing information about the campaign with your school’s Parent Council or PTA and with other parents (see “Resources” below);
  3. Using Making Caring Common’s parenting tips and resources with your kids at home (see “Resources” below);
  4. Signing up for Making Caring Common’s newsletter and following us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about additional resources and to join the conversation online.

Resources for parents and families:

  1. Printable campaign handout (PDF);
  2. Sample email to school leaders (coming soon!);
  3. Sample email to parent council or PTA (coming soon!);
  4. Making Caring Common’s parenting resources for raising caring, ethical children.

Join us today!

Young people have tremendous power to build stronger communities and a healthy democracy.

We see young people as drivers of change. They can take actions themselves that make their communities stronger and they can help mobilize their families and communities to create change.

Students can get started by:

  1. Sending information about the campaign to school leaders (see “Resources” below) and asking how your school might get involved;
  2. Sharing information about the campaign with members of student government or other students at your school (see “Resources” below) and brainstorming ways that you can act collectively to encourage your school to take action;
  3. Talking to your parents about the campaign and encouraging them to collaborate with other parents to encourage your school to take action (direct them to the “Parents” section of this page for additional resources); Following Making Caring Common on Facebook and Twitter to learn about additional resources and to join the conversation online.

Resources for students:

  1. Campaign overview handout (PDF);
  2. Sample email to school leaders (coming soon!);
  3. Sample email to student government (coming soon!).

Join us today!