Learn Kind is an innovative approach to kindness and social-emotional learning (SEL) that empowers students as scientists deployed to answer a real research question. Learn Kind activates students’ natural curiosity and motivation for learning by introducing kindness in the context of scientific inquiry. Centered around timely SEL competencies and soft skills like self-awareness, empathy, and caring communication, 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 and is bundled for three grade bands: Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.
We designed Learn Kind for flexibility. The curriculum includes options to support instruction in both the classroom and remote learning environments, and can be taught over a series of days, weeks, or even months.
Learn Kind maps to Next Generation Science Standards and CASEL SEL Core Competencies, and integrates opportunities for Reading and Language Arts instruction and practice.
The Learn Kind pilot will officially run from Sept. 8, 2020-Dec. 18, 2020. The curriculum will be available to teachers in August 2020, and remain available to all who wish to implement after the pilot officially ends.
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. At this time, the curriculum is available to educators located in the U.S. who are currently teaching grades K-8.
Learn Kind is designed to be completed in 8-10 instructional hours and could be taught over a few weeks or over several months. The curriculum is designed specifically for flexibility, allowing each teacher to determine the frequency of lessons and adapt other instructional elements as needed.
The curriculum is designed in connection to the CASEL Core SEL Competencies, and K-8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
We know that this fall is 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 curriculum is when it’s in the hands of students. A pilot allows us to evaluate the efficacy of the curriclum 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.
Learn Kind follows a five-phase Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Framework. Curriculum materials are provided through both teacher and student resources that can be accessed and interacted with digitally, or printed for physical use.
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 and community access.
I implemented several lessons into my Kindergarten classroom before the pandemic began, and I immediately noticed a positive shift in my students. Their interactions with their peers quickly became more caring and compassionate. I can’t wait for this program in the Fall.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors and flagship partner, NIVEA, for helping to bring this program to life.