When Danish Kurani left his large architecture firm in 2011 to study urban design at Harvard, he began to conceive of a design firm that would tackle almost every social issue imaginable: inequality, access to housing and clean water, health, you...
In my work, I promote EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation as a method of healing Educational Trauma. Like Rifkin, I believe empathy (and compassion) are critical to preserving the biosphere, and that they are foundational skills for any career in the 21st century. Empathy powers collaboration by attuning people to each other, and not just fixating on one's own goals and experiences.
To promote this foundational skill, I've created an educational experience for students that promotes "dramaturgical consciousness" for Millenials and Gen X'ers.
The Connect Group School is a psychodrama in action because it gives students an opportunity to work through modern dilemmas in education -- in real time. In our Learning Community, students are the actors along with adult co-founders supporting their experiment in how to educate 21st century students. Improv and theater are among the learning experiences provided to our students in an effort to empower them with the skills needed to actively participate in democracy.
In the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” author Ursula Le Guin describes a utopian city that has everything people want or need — beauty, religion, happiness — but it’s all possible because one child is kept in the dark, separated...
A new study recently found that children who simultaneously participate in a physically engaging, time-based activity feel more positively towards each and can experience greater empathy for one another.
According to the lead author of the study, “[s]ynchrony is like a glue that brings people together — it’s a magical connector for people.
“‘The findings might be applied to formulate new strategies for education in our effort to build a more collaborative and empathic future society,’ she said.
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.
Since April 15, about 200 Jamestown fifth-grade students and their teachers, along with Bonnie Tressler, teaching artist, have been using two-liter plastic pop bottles, paint and mod podge glue to create one entire sculpture. The project, made possible by the Arts Center and supported in part by gr...
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