First, we’re giving participants longer to meet the challenge, extending the program to 30 days from the original 15 days. More time means more schools will be able to fit the Challenge into the existing school calendar and meet the program’s criteria for success.
Second, we’ve simplified the steps that participating schools need to complete to meet the challenge. Now just three steps – Getting Kindness Ready, Teaching and Fostering Kindness, and Creating a Kindness Ritual – the Challenge is more manageable for school leaders and staff.
Finally, we’re introducing a new (and much needed!) pathway to our research-based curriculum Spreading Cyber-Kindness. Department of Education data shows 24% of middle school students are cyberbullied, with 45% of it happening at school. This new pathway will give teachers and staff important tools to combat the rising tide of meanness being spread online and via social media.