“We have an incredibly diverse school community, which sets us apart from many neighboring districts,” Clark said. “Our diversity presents in race, gender, religion, family structure and socio-economic status. Regardless, we expect and encourage our students to be kind, and I can’t think of a time of greater need to encourage a culture of kindness and acceptance for our students, their families and our community.”
Thanks to the grant, this year Wyncote will enact a host of initiatives, including establishing a “Kindness Committee” to develop kindness lesson plans, provide professional development and plan events; soliciting student “Kindness Kaptains” to be student ambassadors and work with the Kindness Committee; delivering daily kindness messages in morning gatherings; having teachers and counselors collaborate to deliver weekly uniform kindness lessons; and hosting a kindness kickoff event uniform weekly kindness lessons.
An evidence-based, three-tiered framework for improving and integrating data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes, PBIS supports everyone – especially students with disabilities – to create schools where all students are successful.
The Choose Kindness Foundation aims to increase well-being and happiness in individuals, organizations and communities by providing “kindness grants” in four focus areas: schools, workplace, social services, and public safety. The grant funds must be used to implement the kindness learning resources the foundation has developed in each of the four focus areas.