Teach Kindness is a program of Stand for Children and its partners, launched to make schools across the country safer, thriving learning environments for all children. Through best-in-class social-emotional learning activities, students are taught to practice kindness on a regular basis, and to be more aware of their emotions, words, and actions.
Illinois is home to a number of schools that have embraced the program and weaved it seamlessly into their school cultures and classroom lessons. For many, Teach Kindness has been a welcome addition or an opportunity to dive deeper into social-emotional learning activities.
As 2021 came to a close, Stand honored schools across the Chicago area for their commitment to kindness with the Kind School Award. These schools went above and beyond in their dedication to fostering a kind, safe, and caring school environment in some of the most challenging times imaginable for educators and students. We were pleased to honor Wagoner Elementary (also the 2019 National Teach Kindness Champion), Palmer Elementary (also the focus of a Chalkbeat article about their Teach Kindness award and experience), Beard Elementary, Fiske Elementary, Carver Elementary, and Burke Elementary, all neighborhood schools.
Research demonstrates that schools which intentionally and systematically teach kindness enhance students’ sense of safety, support, and acceptance. As a result, more students succeed in school and in life. Learn what the research says.
Given the shifting nature of school environments as a result of the pandemic, Teach Kindness’ versatility as a program made it easy for educators to implement, regardless of how school was in session. The program can be taught in-person or remotely, in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.
Teach Kindness is free to schools, and after completing a simple online registration, educators have research-based, grade-level appropriate lesson plans at their fingertips. The lessons help make their schools kinder, more welcoming places for all students.