Learn Kind is a free K-8 kindness curriculum powered by scientific inquiry and social-emotional learning.
I’ve used a lot of [SEL] curriculums, but this one is the most student-centered.
I loved the curriculum...my students were openly responsive to discussing kindness and were stretched by the reflection questions. I loved having a guide and activities to lead these discussions and encourage active participation.
The best part was showing students that there is a science behind being kind and how it affects us.
Learn Kind activates students’ natural curiosity for learning by introducing kindness in the context of scientific inquiry. Centered around timely SEL competencies like self-awareness, empathy, and relationship skills, students experience the many ways that kindness shows up, and the impact it has when it does.
The curriculum is available for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, bundled for three grade bands: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.
We designed Learn Kind for flexibility. The curriculum includes options to support instruction in both the classroom and virtual learning environments, and can be taught over a series of days, weeks, or even months.
Learn Kind maps to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and CASEL Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Core Competencies, and integrates opportunities for Reading and Language Arts instruction and practice.
Want to bring more kindness to your homes and communities? Check out our Kindness Resources for Kids and Families page to get activities we’ve created especially for you.
Learn Kind is designed for K-8 students in three grade-bands: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. While some subject areas or classroom formats may appear more naturally aligned, Learn Kind can be implemented in any classroom environment, including after school programs.
Learn Kind has been developed for ultimate flexibility and highly adaptive instructional support. It is packaged as a curricular bundle that includes resources for teacher care and instructional strategies, activities to cultivate connected classroom community, and seven modules addressing kindness and social-emotional learning. You can use the full curriculum as a scaffolded, inquiry-based progression, or choose the modules and activities that are most relevant for your students' needs. Curriculum materials are provided through both teacher and student resources that can be accessed and interacted with digitally, or printed for physical use.
Because it is designed for flexibility, Learn Kind may take as much or as little instructional time as you’d like. The full curriculum is designed as an inquiry-based learning progression, and can be completed in 12-15 instructional hours over a few weeks, several months, or throughout the school year. Or, you might choose to use only a few of the provided activities.
The curriculum is designed in connection to the CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies, and K-8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
We know that the 2020-2021 school year continues to be uncertain, and learning may take place in physical classrooms, virtually in homes, or a hybrid of the two. Learn Kind includes options and instructional support for each of these learning environments.
Learn Kind was developed in response to hundreds of educators and leading research, but we can only learn how effective the curriculum truly is when it’s in the hands of teachers and students. A pilot allows us to evaluate the efficacy of the curriculum and identify opportunities for enhancement. Teachers participating in the pilot will have the option to provide feedback and speak into future Learn Kind enhancements if they choose.
Absolutely! If you’d like to see Learn Kind in your child’s school or classroom, we’d love your help sharing the news! Here are some useful resources to share Learn Kind with those in your community, school, or district:
Your first step to bringing Learn Kind to students is to sign up with this form. Our team will connect with you to confirm your participation and get you started with curriculum access.
We’ve created and gathered a collection of resources to support kids, educators and families during this challenging time. You can find them here .