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Cultivating Kindness With Global Connections

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Tamara Letter  
Discover the power of cultivating kindness in local communities and around the world through global connections and student agency. From kindness passion projects to mystery meet-and-greets, learn how to engage and empower students to “be the good” for others through their words and actions.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Account
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Citizen
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

How can we empower students to recognize the strengths they have to make the world a better place? This presentation showcases Kindness Passion Projects, a unique learning experience where students create their own service learning project, designed with a simple budget of $10. Using G Suite tools such as Google Chrome, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sites, students research, plan, implement, and share their projects with local stakeholders and the global community at large.

In addition, Mystery Meet-and-Greets will be spotlighted, showcasing students connecting with other students and adults around the world to learn more about cultures, traditions, and humanity while collaborating on a variety of lessons together.

The purpose of this presentation is to inspire coaches and classroom teachers to create unique learning experiences that integrate technology with digital citizenship skills while also exemplifying the joys of kind acts for others. All participants will receive a bookmark leading to the website "A Passion for Kindness" which showcases more than 100 student projects through the past four years. With the resources provided, attendees will be able to replicate this learning experience to fit their own classroom dynamics, inspiring a new generation of kindness cultivators to "Be the Good" for others.

While these service-learning experiences were created for elementary-aged students, they can easily be adapted to fit the academic and social constructs of any class grades PK-12.

Supporting research

Websites:

The Random Act of Kindness Foundation https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
The Great Kindness Challenge
https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/
Make Caring Common (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (Stanford Medicine)
http://ccare.stanford.edu/
CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
https://casel.org/
Sustainable Development Goals
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Books:

A Passion for Kindness by Tamara Letter, M.Ed.
Lisa Goes to Australia by Pat Adams
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Day by Emily Pearson
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry & Vashti Harrison
Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Kostecki Shaw

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Tamara Letter, Hanover County Public Schools

Tamara Letter is a passionate educator with more than two decades of experience as an elementary teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integrator, and instructional coach. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is licensed as a PK-12 administrator. She received the 2018 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence and is the author of A Passion for Kindness: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram (@tamaraletter), visit her website (www.tamaraletter.com) or join her Passion for Kindness Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/passionforkindness).

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