What is “Kindness” and Why Now?

To mark the official launch of our Middle School Kindness Challenge today, let’s back up for a bit to talk about what kindness really means.Kindness is about more than being nice to someone else. It’s a learned skill and a habit that needs practice. In our diverse country, everyone comes…

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The Impact of Kindness

When I founded the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law, I wanted it to become a school that I would have wanted to go to. School wasn’t always a kind place for me, and I wanted to correct that problem.Kindness influenced me as a principal because I struggled with…

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How is the Middle School Kindness Challenge Unique?

The Middle School Kindness Challenge is a unique collaboration among leading education organizations, and it’s atypical in education because it’s focused specifically on kindness. It is often the case that large-scale school climate improvement initiatives can be overwhelming, hard to administer, somewhat of a burden, and not fun or engaging.…

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Meet Our National Director

I started as a student teacher in the Bronx in 1997, then became a full-time high school teacher in LA Unified School District once I graduated from college. I taught Social Studies because my abiding passion is American History & American Government. I taught for four years and loved what…

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Kindness Twitter Chat Recap

Last night, we co-hosted a wonderful twitter chat with Dr. Neil Gupta, an Ohio-based education leader and member of our advisory board. The chat focused around a handful of questions about how kindness is currently being practiced in schools. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite responses:Why is overtly…

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