ABOUT US

ABOUT US

The Kindness Curriculum is inspired by the Kindness Factory’s mission to make the world a kinder place. With the Kindness factory, Kaplan academics, Australian sports ambassadors and the community have collaborated to create activities that promote kindness and other attributes to children and students.

A NOTE FROM KAPLAN

The partnership bringing together Kath Koschel, founder of the Kindness Factory and Kaplan Australia’s academic and learning expertise is the first of its kind! It connects our shared goals to generate change for the future. Together Kaplan, Kath and the Kindness Curriculum are taking one step forward in building and sustaining a better world for all Australians.

KINDNESS CURRICULUM ACADEMIC BOARD

The Kindness Curriculum presents activities designed to build the attributes of empathy, gratitude, perspective, honesty, self-compassion, self-acceptance, humility, collaboration, mindfulness, meditation, trust, affiliation and humour for all Australian children and students.

About us

The Kindness Curriculum has been inspired by the Kindness Factory’s mission to make the world a kinder place. The Kindness Factory™ grew from one person’s incredible story of courage, hope and adversity and has now become a global kindness movement, touching the lives of a myriad of people from all walks of life.

 

Along the way, the Kindness Factory has registered in excess of 1 million acts of kindness, from around the world illustrating so many themes that are important to global citizens who celebrate the goodness of humanity including kindness, compassion and empathy.

 

As the founder of Kindness Factory, Kath Koschel has spoken to young people and adults in schools across the world, sharing her inspiring story of resilience, gratitude and kindness. As a result of her inspirational addresses in school settings, one question was always asked… “How can we continue the legacy of kindness that you have created amongst our learning group of students?”

 

Kath turned to Kaplan for assistance and together a Kindness Curriculum has been conceptualised in response to the recurring question – what next? The partnership with Kaplan has seen her fulfil her dream to develop the Kindness Curriculum for education institutions ranging from early learning centres to secondary schools. It is Kath’s strong belief that teachers, students and school communities are the important elements in generating change for the future. Together Kaplan, Kath and the Kindness Curriculum are taking one step forward in building and sustaining a better world for all Australians.

 

The Kindness Curriculum is connected to the national school curriculum in Australia focusing on the development of core attributes that underpin Kindness namely: Collaboration, Compassion, Empathy, Gratitude, Honesty, Humility, Humour, Mindfulness meditation, Perspective, Positivity, Self- Acceptance and Trust. Sixty-four age appropriate learning activities have been developed that can be easily integrated into daily teaching routines. They are also suitable as standalone activities in particular contexts to explore, investigate and address specific problems that arise in the lives of young people. The activities focus on Australian content, critical thinking processes, values development and building Kindness capacities in ways that are facilitative and supportive. Some activities encourage self-reflection, others require group collaboration and still others are just about engaging students in learning about life in age appropriate ways. All of the activities have a clear rationale, a set of learning outcomes, a sequence of learning steps and embedded resources. The activities do not include summative assessment criteria but encourage reflection on personal and collaborative outcomes focussing on the attributes. The ultimate aim of the Kindness Curriculum is to encourage students and communities to contribute to a better world through Kindness.

A note from Kaplan

The Kaplan team is proud to have been working with Kath Koschel, founder of the Kindness Factory, to introduce the Kaplan Kindness Curriculum.

 

The partnership is the first of its kind in the Australian marketplace and has brought together Kaplan Australia’s academic and learning expertise to design a kindness focussed curriculum for children from early learning to year 12. The evidence-based content is designed to incorporate a framework of attributes that invites teachers to facilitate student engagement in classroom learning experiences, through a diverse range of online resources. The resources will be able to be adapted for parental use at home.

 

Together, Kaplan and Kath Koschel have created a Kindness Curriculum roadmap which will enable students, teachers and parents to engage locally and/or globally to embrace kindness and gratitude as core concepts that underpin universal learning, community capacity building and contribute to health and wellbeing. The Kaplan Kindness Curriculum has been developed with the aim of providing a platform for generational change by allowing learning communities to participate, learn, thrive and develop in ways that enable hope and build more desirable futures.

 

The Kaplan Kindness Curriculum is a relatively simple framework with activities that have been aligned to the Australian National Curriculum. It provides a range of instructional practices, learning experiences and resources that affirm and recognise student achievements through acts of kindness. The curriculum model leverages Kaplan’s existing global and educational expertise and has a strong emphasis on experiential learning in line with Kaplan’s own pedagogical approach.

 

Kaplan is very proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to Kath’s mission through her work at the Kindness Factory. We are incredibly impressed with their achievements to date and hope that our contribution can make at least a small difference to a generational change in behaviours at a time when the world really needs it.

Rob Regan

Managing Director, Kaplan Australia and New Zealand
https://www.kaplan.edu.au/

Kindness Curriculum Governance

True to its core value that the 12 attributes of kindness are empirically proven antecedents, and the underpinning activities crafted in accordance with the official Australian Curriculum, the Kindness Curriculum is governed by an Academic Board, most of whom are doctorate-qualified educationalists.