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Shady Side Academy Among Nation’s First Schools to Join 
Harvard’s Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign

Campaign Seeks to Bridge Divides and Build Stronger Communities


 Shady Side Academy is among the nation’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard University’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.


The campaign seeks to advance the following goals by working with schools nationwide:

  1. Deepen students’ care for others and their communities;
  2. Increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process; and
  3. Reduce excessive achievement pressure in communities where it is detrimental to students.


Our country is at a crossroads,” said Dr. Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of the Making Caring Common project. “We need to mobilize the great strengths of Americans to prepare young people to build strong, inclusive communities and to protect democracy. This work has perhaps never been more important.


Shady Side Academy Senior School was one of more than 135 schools that joined as “early leaders” to help inform, shape and build momentum for the campaign.


Schools joining the campaign must commit to taking substantial, meaningful action to advance one or more of the campaign’s goals and to engage in a self-assessment or evaluation process to measure the impact of their actions. Schools that commit to, implement and evaluate the impact of their efforts will earn a special designation from Making Caring Common.


As part of the campaign, SSA Senior School has committed to the following action steps:

  1. Leverage the power of student leaders to create a more welcoming, inclusive and caring school environment
  2. Engage students regularly in meaningful, low-burden and fun activities in the school and classroom that promote empathy and community building


“As early leaders in the campaign, we have access to excellent resources and ideas that will help us implement these action items,” said Senior School Head Sophie Lau (pictured). “Our goal is to enhance our student life curriculum as we continually work to fulfill the Academy’s mission to challenge students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly.”


As part of today’s launch, SSA is joining other early leaders in using the Caring Schools #CommonGood hashtag on social media to express support for the campaign, publicly commit to action and encourage schools nationwide to join the effort. More information about how schools, parents, and students can join the campaign can be found at commongoodcampaign.makingcaringcommon.org.



Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. Learn more at www.makingcaringcommon.org.



Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades PK-12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Four age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. Learn more at www.shadysideacademy.org.

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