Building the capacity for compassion—in ourselves and in our students—can create a school climate that promotes inclusivity and is a safe place for all. To help students exercise their compassion muscles, this month’s Upbeat News features these excerpts from Free Spirit books:

  • A lesson for middle schoolers to recognize assumptions and understand the impact of stereotyping
  • A lesson that helps elementary students learn to appreciate others and give positive feedback
  • A story of a young man who showed kindness in the face of fear and racism because he knew that understanding could help cure intolerance

Below, you’ll also find a free download to help students expand their capacity for compassion. And to help you create a safe place for students to open up and discuss the unique issues they face in today’s world, we are pleased to introduce our newly updated How (and Why) to Get Students Talking: 78 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) by Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D.