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
Welcome to Making Caring Common’s Resources for Educators!
We offer strategies, resources lists, audits, surveys, discussion guides, and more, which we hope you will use in your school. Our work includes key topics, all connected by our commitment to forefront caring and concern for the common good at school, at home, and in our communities. You can review the list of resources below or use the dropdown to sort by topic.
The KIND Schools Challenge team at Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia have spent the past several months developing a bingo challenge to spread kindness in their school community. They’ve been able to inspire students throughout the school to think twice before being unkind and are excited to continue their progress! Here’s what the students have to say.Read More
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
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
The KIND Schools Challenge team at Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts has been working tirelessly to create a collection of videos to help English-language learners (ELL) at their school feel more confident navigating everyday tasks at school and in their community. Here’s what the students have to say about the their project.Read More
The KIND Schools Challenge team at Allendale Columbia School ("AC") in Pittsford, New York has spent the past several months encouraging everyone in their community to paint a brick with something meaningful to them. Together, the bricks now form a wall of kindness and inclusion. Here’s what the students have to say about their project.Read More
The KIND Schools Challenge team at the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks, California has spent several months developing student-led workshops to promote upstanding in their community. They have not only opened lines of communication between students but have also provided students with a toolbox of ways to help their peers feel safe and welcomed at school. Here’s what the team has to say about the project thus far.Read More
The KIND Schools Challenge team at George Washington Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa has been working hard to spread kindness in their community by handing out kindness cards to spark a cycle of kindness in their community. Read on for the students’ thoughts on their work so far.Read More
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2017 KIND Schools Challenge winners #YourStoryIsMine shared their story at Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni of Color Conference—and we took the opportunity to sit down with students Alan McCullough, Felton Morrel, and Christopher Wright, their teacher Amy Donofrio, and their mentor Jay Harris to learn more about how their project has evolved over the past year and what their hopes are for the future.Read More
In a nationwide survey of 10,000 youth, we found that 80% of youth said achievement or happiness was their top priority while only 20% of youth said caring for others was their top priority. We asked Making Caring Common’s Richard Weissbourd about the importance of kindness in schools, what is special (and challenging!) about the middle and high school years, and his advice for students entering the KIND Schools Challenge.Read More