Houston Kraft: Kindness, Character, and Connection

Redefining Ready is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community exploring innovative topics, ideas, strategies, and philosophies in the evolving world of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are leaders in their fields who constantly seek to learn from others, collaborate, and apply their own experiences to truly distill best practices in the world of college and career readiness.



Listen in as Houston Kraft, co-founder of CharacterStrong and author of the upcoming book Deep Kindness joins the program to talk about strategies for being deliberate and intentional with social emotional learning in 2020 and beyond. We discuss the need for intentional SEL - particularly in 2020 considering all that’s going on in the world and the social challenges presented by remote / hybrid learning and the challenges of truly connecting with students these days. Houston believes that social emotional learning concepts should be taught in concert with lessons on character, and that kindness can be taught and practiced to make a more pleasant world for all. Tune in for more strategies to implement with your students as well as information about CharacterStrong and Houston’s upcoming book Deep Kindness.


About Houston Kraft


Houston Kraft is a speaker, author, and kindness advocate. He co-founded CharacterStrong which works with over 2,500 schools across all 50 states and 9 countries to help teach social-emotional learning to students Pre-k to 12th grade and adults. On September 29th, Simon & Schuster will be publishing his first book called Deep Kindness.









About CharacterStrong

CharacterStrong is a social emotional learning and character building curriculum implemented in schools and districts across the country. The organization’s curricula and trainings are focused on fostering the Whole Child with vertically aligned lessons that teach SEL and character side-by-side. Through their programs and engaging approach to professional development, CharacterStrong ultimately seeks to effectuate positive, sustainable school culture.


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