The BE KIND Academy™– Virtual social and emotional education for America’s students -wherever and however they’re learning
Respectful, responsible, and socially relevant character education equips youth with wellness and kindness skills
(July 2020 – Phoenix AZ) The 2020-2021 school year is approaching and The Be Kind People Project is equipping parents and teachers with the tools and programs they need to head back to school while facing a new normal in the classroom (or virtual classroom). The Be Kind People Project will offer VIRTUAL, OUTDOOR, and LIVE programs to meet blended education needs.
The Be Kind People Project works to build a generation of respectful, responsible, healthy, and caring citizens and leaders. Investing in today’s youth is building tomorrow’s leaders.
The BE KIND Academy is their most outstanding offering yet. It is a new virtual package that includes comprehensive virtual social and emotional learning, character education, health, academic, and digital responsibility education for classrooms, small groups, and at-home learning.
The BE KIND Academy gives schools comprehensive and consistent youth development components at a value price with virtual access for teachers, parents, and students wherever and however they will be learning in the 20-21 school year. With a foundation of The Be Kind Pledge™, students will also learn pro-active solutions for bullying, cyberbullying, civility, and respect.
Included in the package is their signature high-energy assembly presented by THE BE KIND CREW® in a thirty-minute video/movie format. This interactive learning experience includes follow along movement and dance and is rooted in teaching the skills of kindness, social and emotional learning, and building healthy relationships with self and others. The virtual assemblies are great for classrooms, small groups, or to provide to students learning at home.
There are two options for virtual assemblies offered in The BE KIND Academy.
As a member of The BE KIND Academy, schools/individuals will receive access to additional benefits, including REAL TALK Webinars with THE BE KIND CREW® designed to provide social interaction from the safety of a computer or tablet, exclusive student contests, and music videos and playlists by THE BE KIND CREW.
In addition, members will have unlimited access to The BE KIND School™, which is an e-book filled with over 60 monthly lessons, videos, and activities. Some highlights of this evidence-based virtual program written to national academic and CDC standards include the MOVE of the Month dance skills, youth community service projects, recipes, worksheets, and grade-specific learning.
The BE KIND Academy also provides social and emotional training videos for teachers and caregivers. These training videos not only provide tips and tricks to best use the programs, but discussion points for diversity and inclusion best practices.
Their fresh new content taught by THE BE KIND CREW®, will keep students engaged whether they are in a classroom or at home.
The Be Kind People Project® (BKPP) is a public 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to providing students with comprehensive youth development programming that effectively use a positive approach to social, emotional, and academic learning. The Be Kind People Project offers innovative and effective programming and services that help students effectively understand, link, and apply social, emotional, academic, civic, nutrition, physical, wellness, leadership, and character education. Through experience and project-based learning, students are equipped with solid framework for decision-making and taking accountability for building respectful interpersonal relationship skills, improving academic results, and forming enduring values. For more information, visit TheBeKindPeopleProject.org.
The Be Kind People Project recognizes dean of The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University
(September 2019 – Phoenix AZ) The Be Kind People Project today announced the selection of Steven J. Tepper, dean of The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, as it’s 2019 FULL CIRCLE Honoree. The award will be presented at its annual FULL CIRCLE gala on Nov. 16, 2019. The FULL CIRCLE Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have influenced efforts to initiate transformational positive change for youth.
As dean of The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Tepper leads the nation’s largest comprehensive design and arts school at a research university. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy, and his work has fostered national discussions around cultural engagement, creative work and careers, art and democracy, and the work of the 21st century creative campus.
Tepper is being recognized for his leadership in providing excellence in the arts for the benefit of comprehensive youth development education, as well as preparation and support for ASU students and alums to use their unique talents to contribute positively to the community. The Be Kind People Project currently employs 60+ dancers in THE BE KIND CREW, a group of urban dancers and artists who connect with students using inter-disciplinary education techniques inspired by the arts, and has employed over 125 artists since its inception. Approximately 70% of THE BE KIND CREW are students or graduates of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
“Steven Tepper has had a profound influence on excellence in arts education and the preparation of students for a career that is building the next generation of respectful, responsible, healthy, and caring citizens and leaders,” says Marcia Meyer, board chair and CEO of The Be Kind People Project. “We see the high quality of ASU students and graduates who are using their skills as members of THE BE KIND CREW. Their talent and commitment to inspire, educate, and motivate today’s primary and secondary students demonstrate full circle results in action.”
FULL CIRCLE 2019 will provide Tepper the opportunity to see his students and graduates in action, as THE BE KIND CREW will present a full stage production at the Madison Center for the Arts on Nov. 16. Click here for more information.
One in three kids have experienced bullying to some extent, whether it be in person or online. By combining hip hop with evidence-based social and emotional learning, THE BE KIND CREW teaches kids across the nation that it is cool to be kind.
“Students immediately relate to THE BE KIND CREW,” says Melissa Britt, national director of creative education practices for The Be Kind People Project. “We use music, dance, and even an occasional body flip to connect with the students so they can learn how to be kind people at school, at home, and in the community.” THE BE KIND CREW puts the skills of The Be Kind Pledge™ into action for effective student learning.
In 2018, The FULL CIRCLE honorees were Christine and Luis Gonzalez, recognized for their commitment to strong personal, family, and community values.
About The Be Kind People Project:
Founded in 2011, The Be Kind People Project is a public 501c3 nonprofit (46-0720140) based in Phoenix, Arizona, focused on delivering youth-relevant learning opportunities that inspire humanity, academic achievement and healthy living to build a generation of respectful and responsible citizens and leaders. The Be Kind People Project provides positive solutions for conflict and lifelong social and emotional skills needed to build strong interpersonal relationships. Kindness is at the core of how people of all ages respect, communicate with, and treat others. Because meaningful character education is an essential pillar of effective social, emotional, and academic learning, The Be Kind People Project provides students with an evidence-based learning approach so they will understand what TO do instead of what NOT to do. Based on The Be Kind Pledge, with 10 skills of kindness, The Be Kind People Project offers school assemblies, online learning programs, after school and summer classes, leadership conferences, school gardens, community service projects and family engagement programs. Most programs are led by members of THE BE KIND CREW, a group of 65 professional urban dancers and educators, who teach the skills needed to address the important youth social issues of bullying, academic achievement, youth obesity and healthy lifestyles, and cyberbullying — through music, dance, and spoken word. The Be Kind People Project has nearly one million contacts annually with students, their teachers and their families nationwide.
About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU’s Herberger Institute is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Design and arts at ASU comprises the School of Art; the School of Arts, Media and Engineering; The Design School; the School of Film, Dance and Theatre; and the School of Music, as well as the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu
Social and emotional learning takes new importance in an education curriculum to teach respect and responsibility from an early age
(September 2019 – Phoenix AZ) Bullying and cyberbullying rates are staggering—on average, one in three children have experienced some form of unwanted, aggressive, behavior. There is a strong need for character education in the classroom, and The Be Kind People Project offers the solution through their virtual programs that keep students engaged as they learn and move with THE BE KIND CREW®.
Teachers across the nation are invited to join educators worldwide who already use The Be Kind People Project’s free online program, The BE KIND Break™. The BE KIND Break is a teacher’s best friend when it comes to providing engaging bell work or filling down-time in the classroom. The BE KIND Break offers free, ready-to-use lessons for students in grades K-8, that are written to national academic standards, all while encouraging students to be kind from bell to bell.
“We understand how busy teachers are,” says Bo Whittenton, Chief Services and Programs Officer for The Be Kind People Project, “We want to provide them with high quality, ready-to-use content they can use however they wish.” Whittenton continues, “We go to schools across the USA for two main reasons: 1) To thank and honor teachers and 2) To teach kids the important skills of kindness. This free resource demonstrates an ongoing commitment to America’s teachers and to building a generation of respectful, responsible, and caring citizens and adults.”
The Be Kind Pledge™ is the foundation for teaching kindness skills to students. Research has clearly shown that strong pro-social
skills demonstrated between the ages of 5-13 are predictors of future health, academic achievement, and economic contribution to communities. The Be Kind Pledge teaches youth to be encouraging, positive, supportive, helpful, honest, thankful, considerate, respectful, responsible, and to be a friend. Says Whittenton, “We have seen dramatic positive changes in the school learning environment when The Be Kind Pledge becomes a common code of conduct and expectations.” She continues, “When teachers have classrooms that are following The Be Kind Pledge, it gives more time for teaching and learning, with less of a teacher’s time spent on discipline issues.”
Grade specific videos and lessons in The BE KIND Break are released monthly with a specific emphasis on one of ten pledge skills from The Be Kind Pledge™. For example, “Be Respectful” was the focus of August. When teachers access The BE KIND Break, they are virtually greeted by a member of THE BE KIND CREW who introduces teachers and students to a “BE KIND Move of the Month™” and a preview of that month’s social studies, civics, language arts, science, and math worksheets, which are fillable online or print-ready. There is even a “healthy habit” challenge for every month—August was about limiting screen time. The combination of hip hop dance with social and emotional learning work in harmony to create fun and engaging lessons that teach kids it’s cool to be kind from coast to coast.
In addition to the free resource, The Be Kind People Project offers a more comprehensive, premium online program, The BE KIND School™. Like The BE KIND Break, The BE KIND School takes a more complete approach to link evidence-based standards with academic enrichment. Teachers can access original worksheets, writing prompts, classroom discussions, crafts, book lists, games and so much more.
The BE KIND School program has been an amazing addition to our campus and really improved our school culture,” said Emily James, fifth grade teacher at Tavan Elementary School in the Scottsdale Unified School District. “The kids truly embrace the idea of being “kind kids” and it has greatly reduced our behavior problems. Having a different pledge skill each month makes it easy to implement into your classroom and keeps the kids interested because it always changing. I love the way our students light up when you tell them “Thank you for being kind”. They know it is big deal and work hard to be recognized for that.”
All content within virtual programs are based on national academic standards, STEAM and have been vetted by The Be Kind Education Council, a volunteer team of educators.
Founded in 2011, The Be Kind People Project is a charitable nonprofit based in Phoenix, Arizona focused on teaching positive solutions for conflict and the skills of being a kind person. Kindness is at the core of how people of all ages respect, communicate with, and treat others. Because meaningful character education is an essential pillar of effective social, emotional, and academic learning, The Be Kind People Project provides students with an evidence-based learning approach so they will understand what TO do instead of what NOT to do. Based on a Pledge of 10 kindness skills, The Be Kind People Project offers school assemblies, online learning programs, after school and summer classes, leadership conferences, school gardens, community service projects and family engagement programs. Most programs are led by members of THE BE KIND CREW, a group of 65 professional urban dancers and educators, who teach the skills of kindness to life through music, dance, and spoken word. The Be Kind People Project has nearly one million contacts annually with students, their teachers and their families nationwide.