The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is enhancing
Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week
(February 12–18, 2017) with an online Kindness Generator
that serves as an rally point for activities worldwide this year. With the Kindness Generator, teachers and students everywhere can find inspiration for kind acts to perform during RAK Week (#RAKWeek2017) and create weeklong challenges for their schools, communities, or even themselves. The new Kindness Generator also serves as a
central repository of challenges from RAK’s partner organizations and a
newsroom that tallies acts of kindness in real time and calls out how many people globally are participating in challenges. The Kindness Generator also allows users to track challenges by location. To accompany the Kindness Generator, classrooms can use resources available on the companion
Discover Kindness in the Classroom website. Available at no cost, these materials from Discovery Education are designed to stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives. They include lesson plans and activities that highlight concepts such as compassion, respect, and fairness. Schools can participate in RAK Week by adding a challenge to the Kindness Generator or taking part in a kindness challenge established by another person, educator, or organization.
The United States Diplomacy Center’s education programs immerse students in the world of American diplomacy and the critical work of the United States Department of State. At the heart of the center’s education programs is Discover Diplomacy, a freediplomacy simulationsprogram that allows students and teachers to experience what it is like to be a diplomat while grappling with complex foreign affairs topics.
One way to reflect on the beauty of diversity is through photography. The photo essay “Belief” by Caleb Ferguson captures moments of faith and connection among one of the most culturally and religiously diverse populations in the world, New York City.
CyArk is building an online library of 3D models of the world’s cultural heritage sites, accompanied by a collection of free cross-curricularlesson plans. For example, Lesson 1 in the CyArk collection engages students in using 3D archaeological data to build scale models of a Mayan pyramid with sugar cubes.