The Case for Kindness

The Case for Kindness

Illinois educators are embracing Teach Kindness.

Teach Kindness lessons support the Illinois State Board of Education’s Social and Emotional Learning Standards. They equip educators to deliberately teach skills that might otherwise only be addressed off the cuff through teachable moments or might not be taught at all.

Developing Positive MindsetsStrengthening Peer RelationshipsFostering EmpathyPromoting Cyber-Kindness
–Self-management
–Practicing gratitutde
–Goal setting
–Positive framing of situations
–Constructive interactions among students
–Listening
–Conflict resolution
–Confronting stereotypes and bullying
–Shared identity
–Fostering civic discourse
–Developing a more positive social media presence
–Habits of heart and mind to be kind online

Research has shown that intentionally and systematically teaching kindness enhances students’ sense of safety, support, and acceptance. Illinois is home to many schools that have embraced the program and weaved it into their school cultures and classroom lessons. School communities have richly benefitted from a focus on kindness.