Why Kind Campus?
Abundant research indicates the importance of school climate for student well-being, including factors related to school safety, such as mental health, aggression, substance use, and other risk behaviors. Relatedly, behavioral theories and research point to the profound importance of social norms and the behaviors of others in shaping one’s actions. In fact, researchers have found that context is so deeply influential that a single child’s behavior in different places was more varied than the behavior of multiple children in a single place. When we create contexts for our students that prioritize and teach kindness, we are creating contexts where positive social norms and kind behavior can thrive.
The Kind Campus program is a unique outreach program provided free-of-charge to elementary, middle, and high schools. Instead of focusing on negative behaviors, the components of the Kind Campus program focus on the five core competencies of social-emotional learning described by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management, and relationship management. The Kind Campus program includes individual, classroom, and school-wide exercises in practicing kindness recognition, active gratitude, and intentional kindness towards oneself, one’s peers, one’s community, and one’s overall environment. Additionally, students are taught to recognize and acknowledge acts of kindness by others. Kind Campus activities are designed to be easily implemented during the school's normal routines. The activities are fun and build community within the school, making it appealing to students, as well as teachers, staff, and families.
Kind Campus practices and activities are intended to be embedded into the daily routines of school, becoming a “way of life” for the campus community. When the whole community focuses on practicing kindness together, opportunities to integrate kindness into existing routines and lessons become clear. Language arts teachers may pay special attention to the kindness or lack of kindness of a character in a novel or a poem, while a science teacher may use kindness as a way to explain the importance of honesty in research. Rather than relying on stand-alone lessons, Kind Campus provides a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach for developing social-emotional skills. The more teachers and other adult role models integrate intentional kindness practices into the regular curriculum and activities, the more profound the learning opportunities will be.
Kind Campus materials are designed for teachers, counselors, and staff to adapt the materials so they fit best with individual school and classroom cultures. We acknowledge that Kind Campus will be used in a wide range of diverse contexts and social locations, and therefore our materials were created to be used as a jumping-off point but will be modified to reach the target population. Kind Campus is thoughtfully arranged and organized to empower teachers, counselors, and staff with a structured method for teaching kindness skills and other pro-social and social-emotional skills. We recognize that Kind Campus materials will be most effective when adapted to the specific culture in which they are being used.
Tips and Tools
Monthly Chart Elementary
Monthly Chart Middle & High School
Creating a "be kind" Code
DIY Kick-off Assembly
Sample Monthly Guide Elementary
Sample Monthly Guide MSHS
Letter to Parents from School Administrators
"be kind" T-shirts / Creative Incentives
2018 - 2019 Baseline Survey
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Quote Posters & Supplementary Materials
Kindness Quote & Science Quote posters are provided each month. These may be posted in common areas throughout your Kind Campus. Supplementary materials are provided each month to complete the activities suggested in the monthly guides.