GiveThx, a digitalcurriculum and app, affords a structured way for teachers and students to give and receive messages of gratitude (“Thx notes”) and to reflect on their own identity development and learning as global citizens. The peer-to-peer Thx notes develop and reinforce pro-social behaviors—digital interactions that may spark in-person conversations and build stronger relationships among students, creating a more welcoming school culture and climate. GiveThx also promotes safe, equitable access for students otherwise shy or hesitant (such as language learners) to express emotions publicly. GiveThx is invitation-only; teachers can request access and become a Teacher Pioneer to try the curriculum in the classroom.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, has welcomed Karli, a Muppet in foster care, as well as her “for-now” parents, Dalia and Clem. All three Muppets appear in videos posted online as part of an initiative to provide free resources to caregivers navigating difficult issues, such as family homelessness, foster care, and trauma.
Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, envisions a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves.