Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Discover Kindness in the Classroom

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Discover Kindness in the Classroom

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Story courtesy of Discovery Education

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Kindness starts with one. One person holds open a door. One person writes a thank you letter to a teacher. One person sparks kindness when another really needs it.

Now, more than ever, it's time to be kinder.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others, and Discovery Education, a leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have teamed up to launch an all-new education initiative, Discover Kindness in the Classroom.

Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the program offers standards-aligned resources for grades K-8 that teach important social and emotional learning skills, and stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives.

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, a productive citizen and a successful worker. Many risky behaviors such as drug use, violence and bullying can be prevented or reduced when social and emotional skills are taught. Moreover, social and emotional learning can improve academic scores. One study shows that students who have been in a directed SEL (social and emotional learning) program can increase their scores on standardized tests by up to 11 percent. (American Psychological Associations Monitor on Psychology).

Discover Kindness in the Classroom provides elementary and middle school educators and counselors cross-curricular lesson plans and hands-on activities that encourage students to spread kindness and share their experiences with others. The program features two specially curated Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Kindness Collections that explore kindness concepts including respect, compassion, empathy, integrity, fairness, helpfulness and gratitude. The second Kindness Collection launched in February 2017, coinciding with Random Acts of Kindness Week, which took place February 12-18, 2017. Units in each Kindness Collection are designed to inspire and empower students to be kind and compassionate, act on what they have learned and share their positive actions and how they felt. …

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