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Learn Kind

Learn Kind is a free K-8 kindness curriculum powered by scientific inquiry and social-emotional learning.

Why Learn Kind?

Learn Kind activates students’ natural curiosity for learning by introducing kindness in the context of scientific inquiry. It begins with the evidence we have that kindness is one of the most effective ways to improve well-being. Learn Kind is 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 on our mental health and those around us when it does.

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Built for K-8

The curriculum is available for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, bundled for three grade bands: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.

Teachable Anywhere

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.

Syncs to Standards

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.

Kindness Resources for Kids and Families

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.


  • Who is Learn Kind for?

    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.

  • How is the curriculum structured?

    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.

  • How long does it take to teach Learn Kind?

    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.

  • Is the curriculum aligned to standards?

    The curriculum is designed in connection to the CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies, and K-8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  • What if we’re not teaching in-person?

    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.

  • Why are you doing a pilot?

    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.

  • Can I refer my child’s teacher?

    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:

  • How do I get started?

    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.

  • Do you have any other resources?

    We’ve created and gathered a collection of resources to support kids, educators and families during this challenging time. You can find them here .

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Thanks to the generous support of our donors and flagship partner, NIVEA, for helping to bring this program to life.