What is Teach Kindness? 

Teach Kindness is an easy and no-cost way to foster kindness and improve school climate in grades K-8. Teach Kindness offers exceptional lessons from leading national providers, with no requirements, including lessons that responded directly to challenges faced by students and educators through the difficult 2020-21 school year.

All Teach Kindness lessons are easily delivered through an online platform, which you can access by following three simple steps:

  1. Sign up for Teach Kindness on our website.
  2. Select the lessons that best suit your unique needs and schedule. Choose any PDF lesson plan from the list, and be sure to select from the appropriate grade level (K-3 or 4-8).
  3. Once you have finished a lesson, use the five-star scale to give the lesson a rating (and let us know it’s complete) before moving on to the next lesson.

The Benefits

Schools where teachers and school staff intentionally and systematically teach and foster kindness are more effective at helping students succeed, both in school and in life. Teach Kindness offers an engaging, exciting, and readily doable opportunity to:

  • Improve school climate
  • Reduce suspensions
  • Foster social & emotional development

Kindness Activities

The program includes a wide range of expertly-crafted kindness activities from leading content providers for teachers and school staff to select from and teach. The activities, which take between two minutes up to an hour, fall into five categories:
  1. Developing Positive Mindsets: These activities focus on self-management and self-care strategies that equip students with ways to monitor their own feelings, setting them up to be kind to others. Activities include practicing gratitude, goal setting, and positive framing of situations.
  2. Strengthening Peer Relationships: These activities focus on building constructive interactions among students for a positive classroom and school culture. It includes activities that help students develop empathy for their classmates, listen actively, and resolve conflicts with each other.
  3. Fostering Empathy: These activities go beyond individual student relationships to tackle larger issues and trends such as stereotypes and bullying based on identity. It includes activities such as shared identity and fostering civic discourse.
  4. Promoting Cyber-Kindness: These activities focus on getting students to develop a more positive social media presence and the habits of heart and mind to be kind online. Students will learn practical skills to help them responsibly engage with social media and online applications, including video games.