PBIS Kindness Grant

$100,000 PBIS-Kindness Challenge Grant

We invited well-implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) schools to apply for funding. PBIS Kindness grants will be implemented in 82 schools (from pre-k to 12th grade) this fall with the potential to spread kindness to over 47,000 students, with multiple opportunities over the school year to increase the face-to-face kindnesses students and staff give, receive, and observe in classrooms, other parts of the school, and through school-wide kindness activities.

The 82 PBIS Kindness schools are making progress implementing kindness. 94% of the PBIS Kindness schools have met with our Schools Project Director to review specific steps to undertake this month to get started on their grant plans and activities.

Building a community of kindness in schools is also a goal of the PBIS Kindness project. Schools have been invited to join a PBIS Kindness group where they can post and share ideas and events with other schools. We will share some of these ideas and events on this page throughout the year.


PBIS Resources Packet: This document provides schools with examples of how to complete the requirements of the grant. Specifically, the packet includes an example of how kindness can be added to a school’s PBIS behavior matrix. Other examples in the packet provide example lesson plans for teaching kindness in a range of school settings. Example kindness behaviors are included in the matrix along with a blank matrix and blank lesson planning form. Please note that the Resources Packet is still under development. 

PBIS Kindness School Resources: Kindness schools are integrating Kindness skills, referred to as PBIS-Kindness, to their PBIS Schoolwide-expectations, identifying these four kindness skills and example behaviors across school environments:

  1. Show appreciation
  2. Offer help
  3. Be friendly
  4.  Reach out

Schools have integrated the 4 kindness skills into their behavior expectations matrix and an example is provided here.  Along with the kindness expectations, schools are explicitly teaching the 4 kindness skills using lesson plans like the one shown here.

Kindness Resources for Schools: This document provides numerous online resources and ideas for kindness. 

Random Acts of Kindness Calendar: The RAK Calendar gives you easy ideas for incorporating kindness into every day of the year. 

Grant Funded School Events and Activities

SS Dixon Intermediate Middle School kindness kickoff pep rally