Making Caring Common
Raising kids who care about others and the common good.
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Research + Initiatives

Making Caring Common leads a number of research projects and initiatives. From working directly with schools and teachers to spearheading national campaigns, we strive to make caring more common in all of our programming.

 

Making Caring Common leads a number of research projects and initiatives. From working directly with schools and teachers to spearheading national campaigns, we strive to make caring more common in all of our programming.

 

 
Posts in Program
Caring Families Research Project

Parents are inundated with strategies that seek to promote positive behaviors in children. Yet remarkably little is known about basic, crucial questions related to the implementation and impact of these strategies.

Making Caring Common is in the early stages of piloting and assessing a variety of engaging activities, practices, and routines designed to promote empathy, gratitude, and diligence in children ages three- to 13-years-old in the United States. We will be looking at differences in strategy selection, implementation, and impact by gender, race, ethnicity, class, and child-raising priorities of the parents and primary caregivers across who participate.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, our team is focused on bringing together experts in the field, expanding our network of aligned organizations, developing and adapting strategies, and testing distribution approaches. If your organization is interested in learning more, please email Alison Cashin at alison_cashin@gse.harvard.edu.

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Caring Schools Network

In caring school communities, students can grow academically, build healthy relationships, and develop key social and emotional skills such as empathy and gratitude. Caring schools can help reduce bias, combat sexual harassment, and minimize bullying and other problem behaviors.

Using Making Caring Common’s School Culture and Climate Surveys, schools in the Caring Schools Network (CSN) collect data related to:

School values

Safety

Bullying, discrimination, and harassment

Student and adult relationships

Rules and expectations

Schools then work with our team to use data and light-lift strategies to improve school culture and climate and to build key skills in students over the course of an academic year.

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Youth Advisory Board

Help us amplify youth voices and perspectives.

Making Caring Common’s Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of high school students from across the country who are committed to making schools more caring and respectful places through everyday interactions. Members guide our understanding of and help devise solutions to the most pressing moral issues and social challenges of their peer groups, such as bullying and exclusion. They provide feedback on our ideas, share their thoughts on current events, and make sure we’re on the right track when communicating information to young people.

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