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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Improving Education for All Children

I’m personally devastated to know discrimination, intolerance, and hostility are so prevalent in America’s schools. It’s unacceptable. Students simply cannot learn and succeed if they are being harassed, bullied, or unnecessarily suspended. Recent research demonstrates how schools that intentionally and systematically teach and foster kindness enhance students’ sense of safety,…

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