Who can argue with kindness? If everyone agrees that “kindness is cool,” how come you still hear mean name-calling in the hallways? And why are staff sometimes snarky and rude to one another? (Hint: kindness isn’t always easy to do!) In nationwide bullying surveys, educators and students report wanting more kindness and less cruelty at school. To address this issue, many schools turn to schoolwide assemblies and slogan campaigns. Although these efforts can generate excitement and a burst of goodwill among students and staff, they don’t necessarily make a lasting impact on your school culture.
In this edWebinar Christa M. Tinari, educational consultant, author, and expert in social-emotional learning, explores the everyday reasons why kindness efforts might fail. Drawing from the latest research on the impact of social-emotional learning on school climate, Christa provides a compelling rationale for integrating SEL into kindness campaigns. She identifies key social-emotional skills, such as emotional literacy, empathy, perspective taking, and upstander skills, that can help students (and staff) show kindness even when it’s hard to do. Viewers will leave with lesson ideas they can use immediately and throughout the school year to build a sustainable culture of kindness.
About the Presenter
Christa M. Tinari is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, author, and peacebuilder. She provides educational consulting, including professional development for staff and program development, implementation, and evaluation, to schools and organizations across the county. Formerly a New Jersey student assistance counselor and district-wide bullying prevention implementation coach, Christa has worked with thousands of school leaders and students of all ages to reduce bullying, promote social-emotional skills, and create safe school climates. Christa is facilitator of the Peaceful Schools Institute teacher training program and creator of The Feel & Deal Activity Deck, an emotional intelligence tool for kids used on six continents. She is coauthor of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School. Christa frequently presents at conferences such as AMLE, Character.org, and the International Bullying Prevention Association. Christa passionately believes in the power of education to inspire hearts and expand minds. You can find her online at www.peacepraxis.com
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