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Teaching Empathy - The Empathy Code

Teaching Empathy  - The Empathy Code | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
  1. The principal is supportive: This person is child oriented, is an effective listener, provides staff with numerous opportunities to work collaboratively, encouraging innovative efforts, and is available to those who wish to speak with him or her.
  2. Social skills are taught and modeled : Whatever social behaviors are practiced by the adults in the school will not only be observed and experienced by the students but will  be learned by them  as well.
  3. Mindfulness is cultivated as a daily practice and connected to empathy in practice. “Mindfulness is a conscious, purposeful way of tuning in to what is happening in and around us.” (Schoeberlein)
  4. ...


The Empathy Code is about the future, for it summarizes the cultural conditions necessary to create empathic schools, and the children in these schools are the future changemakers, decision makers and world leaders in training.



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How empathy trumps school smarts in successful leaders

How empathy trumps school smarts in successful leaders | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Ana Sáenz de Miera

But that’s not all. Empathy in action, contrary to common misconceptions, is not only good because it helps others. Empathy is essential to achieve personal success.


Empathy makes you a better team member. It helps you become a good leader. It makes companies focus on the true needs of their clients. Empathy enables us to know how to behave in a job interview.

Empathy is not only about looking around you. Empathy makes you look in a different way, focusing on the needs and preparing yourself for action.

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Teaching Compassion After the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Teaching Compassion After the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

Our mission is to actively engage students in learning a social curriculum by doing, not just talking about these themes. This is accomplished through the projects classrooms post for other classrooms. Students learn that it is a far better gift to give than to receive and that it starts with them.

At Classes 4 Classes we believe that when we teach our students kindness, compassion and empathy there simply isn't room for hate.

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Empathy Museum helps visitors see other viewpoints

Empathy Museum helps visitors see other viewpoints | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By ROGER MCKINNEY

A project pairing Douglass High School and University of Missouri Honors College students resulted in a lesson on empathy for visitors. The Empathy Museum was set up Tuesday in the gym at Douglass High School....

“This helped challenge their assumptions,” said Melissa Maras, assistant professor in the MU College of Education, about both sets of students. She said the MU students and the Douglass students entered each other’s worlds for the project. 


Maras is one of the teachers in an honors college course on empathy.
“We have pretty lofty goals for this class — that is changing the world,” Maras said.

Some of the exhibits were
“A Profile in Empathy,”
“What is Empathy and Can it be Taught?” and
“What is Holding Us Back?”.

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Learning empathy through Everytown

Learning empathy through Everytown | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Elena Kadvany 

The four-day retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, organized by Bay Area nonprofit Silicon Valley FACES, is designed to get high school students out of their comfort zones and talking about difficult topics: racism, gender stereotypes, mental illness, sexual orientation and bullying.


Students say it's eye-opening. Organizers describe the camp as life-changing. The ultimate goal of Camp Everytown is to inspire a desire in students to go back to their schools or communities and create change, whether it be through a club or initiative or newly discovered empathy for their peers.


 the nonprofit's staff helps Gunn throughout the year, providing tailored leadership and empathy training to interested students and faculty.

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The Force of Altruism: Basic Recipe For Empathy, Leadership, And Learning To Make A Difference

The Force of Altruism: Basic Recipe For Empathy, Leadership, And Learning To Make A Difference | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

How do schools get to the point where kids not only think that they can make a difference, but they actually go out and do it? What is the secret to their success? What did their teachers do right?


After interviewing numerous Changemaker Schools across the country to help share their stories, insights and inspiration I discovered that there is a very clear, basic recipe for making a difference at any age. It goes like this: first, start with empathy.


Encourage and apply it. Second, work in creative leadership opportunities. Combine them together. Then watch nascent social entrepreneurs grow.The two basic ingredients are always the same.... 


1. Start with empathy. Empathy doesn’t just mean treating others better; it means doing better. It is the foundational skill that lies at the core of social change because it is what motivates us toward altruism and cooperation beyond our narrow selfinterests.When people are encouraged to identify and empathize with others, and then act on that feeling, it can become a driving force for change. If it gains enough momentum to reach the tipping point, this force can literally change the course of human history. Sounds like a series of huge leaps of logic, right?

 

By Eleanor Bedford

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Start with empathy . . .

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This piece looks at change makers in schools around the counter. It' helps by sharing stories, insights and inspiration. This is used by using Empathy to incorporate the social change movement. Because it is believed that the core social change is what motivates us. This create the drivers of change. This will at the end lead to more attraction into social change movements like TimeBank.

Then it goes onto talking about how creating leadership plays an important role in TimeBank. Lastly it talks about the critical serect ingredient.  

 

Choose to make a difference: Retrieved from http://startempathy.org/blog/2014/11/force-altruism ;

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Sustaining Changemaking Education: To better cultivate empathy in students, adults must first do it within themselves.

Sustaining Changemaking Education: To better cultivate empathy in students, adults must first do it within themselves. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
So how do schools sustain changemaking education?

Changemaker skills, including empathy teamwork, and leadership, must breathe through the entire organization. 


The skills we want to build in students are the skills adults must cultivate within themselves.  We can use the Toolkit for Promoting Empathy in Schools as a guide for our own development.  Step 1 from the Toolkit includes creating a safe space, developing emotional competency and leading by example.  Let’s look at how we can use these tools in terms of adult relationships at school. 


By Carrie Lee Ferguson

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Model it, model it, model it!

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Empathy, creativity and teamwork - the future of Irish education?

Empathy, creativity and teamwork - the future of Irish education? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Representatives from five primary schools gathered at Google Docks in Dublin yesterday to join the Changemaker global school network which focuses on teaching children skills in empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership.


The Ashoka Ireland launch of Changemaker Schools gives innovative educators, such as Fiona Collins, principal of Francis Street CBS in the Liberties, the chance to showcase programmes they have developed to create a more stimulating classroom environment.


“No real education can happen unless social and emotional needs are met,” says Ms Collins, who four years ago began to build a new educational programme at Francis Street CBS.


by Sorcha Pollak 

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DoveTail Learning: ToolBox: The 12 Tools

DoveTail Learning: ToolBox: The 12 Tools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Tools for Learning — Tools for Life • Download a printable 12 Tools flier.  1. Breathing Tool: I can take a breath; I calm myself —  Calming ourselves—checking in.  When we breathe deliberately, it calms and slows us down, and brings our […]




4.  Empathy Tool: I care for others, I care for myself — When I walk in someone else’s shoes, it opens my heart.

 

Empathy is the root of understanding, kindness, and forgiveness—both for others and for ourselves. When we empathize, we let go of our own perspective long enough to acknowledge the feelings, situation, and motives of others. Through this, we develop compassion, and learn to care.

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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning, by Courtney Martin

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning, by Courtney Martin | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Brackett says his own experiences being bored and bullied in school contributed to his interest in emotional learning. “I think back to being 12 years old, sitting in 7th grade, having kids push me, bang my fingers in the lockers, draw on me with a pen, and no one was doing anything about it,” he says.


“I didn’t want anyone to stand up for me, I just didn't want it to happen. We have to make people more empathic.”...


by Courtney Martin

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The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video

The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What’s empathy got to do with it? The textbook definition is “the ability to understand what someone is feeling.”


But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By Lynn Stewart

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Customer Development and Empathy in Education presented by Startup Weekend Education Labs

Customer Development and Empathy in Education presented by Startup Weekend Education Labs | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Successful edtech startups/problem solvers all have one thing in common: they understand their users' needs and are constantly adapting to meet them.


During this hands-on workshop, you'll learn tips and tricks for interviewing a potential user in education and mapping out their needs. You'll also hear from a real educator/entrepreneur.

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Cultivating Empathy in Schools

Cultivating Empathy in Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

There has been a lot written about the importance of empathy within schools. As an educator, being able to relate and connect with our students is so important because it allows the classroom to become a community; a place where people feel safe and valued. In a classroom or a school which is centred around empathy, students are unafraid to express themselves and try out new things.


In a 10-part journal series a school Principal, Michelle Hughes, from New York writes about her experiences in cultivating empathy within her students, teachers, and staff. Hughes speaks about the importance of not only cultivating empathy with the students, but with teachers.


Here is an excerpt from the first journal entry:.

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Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Empathy

Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In order to gain the perspective of another person and explore the quality of empathy, middle school students do an exercise that helps their development of core values in this video from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.


Students choose an actual shoe and imagine the life of that shoe. As they write about the shoe—figuratively “walking” in those shoes—they reflect on how the experience helped them become more understanding and compassionate toward others.

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Roots of Empathy - Research Symposia Proceedings - 2012, 2013, 2014

Roots of Empathy - Research Symposia Proceedings - 2012, 2013, 2014 | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Roots of Empathy values the lens of research as the organization continues to provide empathy-based programming to children on three continents.


The Roots of Empathy Research Symposia offer engaging and thought-provoking research presentations from world renowned international scientists.


Click on the links below to view the proceedings of the Roots of Empathy Research Symposia:

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Sanford Harmony Program - Teaching empathy and inclusion

Sanford Harmony Program - Teaching empathy and inclusion | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Children need knowledge and critical thinking skills, but it is the “soft skills”—like empathy and inclusion—that allow them to create meaning out of life experiences.

Educators often refer to the “hidden curriculum” that focuses on such skills. But in an era of high-stakes tests and accountability, how can we make sure our children learn what it means to be a good citizen, find commonalities with others, participate in healthy social relationships and show compassion?

The Sanford Harmony Program (SHP) at Arizona State University aims to do just that. By providing easy-to-use activities and lessons coupled with teacher training and support, SHP guides educators in building strong and positive classroom communities. SHP’s goal is to create classrooms where pre-K to sixth-grade children feel more connected to their teachers and peers.


By Michelle Taylor, 

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Do as I say, not as I do? three guiding principles for school wanting to become more empathy-oriented

Do as I say, not as I do?  three guiding principles for school wanting to become more empathy-oriented | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Mariah Dickinson

A recent Harvard study finds that there is a disconnect between what adults tell children is important (empathy and helping others) and the implicit messages adults send about what they actually value (achievement and happiness).


It would follow, then, that in order for kids to internalize that helping others is truly important, adults need to align what they say with actions that back it up....


 Below are three guiding principles in action at Park Forest that any school wanting to become more empathy-oriented can adopt.


  1. Provide meaningful learning for ALL in the school community. 
  2. Practice democratic values
  3. Listen, and then hand over the reins. 



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St Mary’s College ‘Empathy Museum’

St Mary’s College ‘Empathy Museum’ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

On Tuesday 12 August, St Mary’s College held an ‘Empathy Museum’ during the lunch break in celebration of Catholic Education Week. This involved teenagers from the Migrant Centre, from Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Nepal… chatting with the St Mary’s students in a casual setting on the top ground about a whole range of topics – their interests, their experiences and culture.



The philosophy behind the Empathy Museum was to create a chance for the St Mary’s student’s to step into the shoes of others, with empathy playing a key role in cultivating compassion and the basis of a happier society.


The students showed empathy just by chatting, understanding, hearing the feelings and perspectives of their new friends – and using that sense of understanding to guide their actions, and to challenge prejudice and stereotypes.

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Compassionate Schools Play Compassion Games!

Compassionate Schools Play Compassion Games! | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The past year of 2014 was a breakthrough year at Compassion Games International. Besides the extraordinary growth from 19 to 159 Teams in just one year, the development of the Leagues burst the gates right off any barriers of limitations that we could have dreamt of. And leading the way? None less than the new Education and Schools League.


Two exceptional educators stepped up to coordinate this league: Rahbin Shyne and Lia Mandelbaum. They each bring with them a vast array of skills and inspiring ideas to help schools bring the Compassion Games into their classrooms.

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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

“The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Engineers Without Borders USA...


Empathy can help reduce the damaging effects of repeated stress in human children...


Here are just a few cognitive benefits associated with empathy:

  1. Fosters insight into different perspectives and promotes genuine open-mindedness
  2. Discourages hasty and superficial problem examination
  3. Facilitates construction of more fully elaborated and frequently novel problem models
  4. Discourages belief rigidity
  5. Encourages cognitive and personal flexibility
  6. Practices persistent probing, engaged examination of an issue in alternation with flexibility (Gallo)


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How Teachers Can Reduce the Empathy Gap That Wealth Creates

How Teachers Can Reduce the Empathy Gap That Wealth Creates | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Sam Osherson, Ph.D.

Affluent children need to learn a fuller picture of what it means to be human.


Can We Empathize with the Wealthy?

It’s tempting to roll our eyes when we think about the emotional problems of the wealthy. First World problems, we may scoff. Yet to do so is to ignore a real social challenge.


We live in a time of an increasing divide between the very wealthy and the rest of us. The opportunities for envy and projection increase as the divide does. As one psychiatrist observes: " For most of us, empathy directed toward the less fortunate comes easily. But ultimately empathy must transcend economic class. If we cannot approach the wealthy with empathy about their situation and unique problems, we cannot engage them in constructive conversation about this divide. Their isolation and exclusion from the dialogue will only add to polarization and hostility."


How do we encourage empathy and a curiosity about the world in the children of the wealthy?

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Cultivating Empathy in a Diverse Urban School

Cultivating Empathy in a Diverse Urban School | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
New initiatives and traditions to increase academic marks


...The Empathy-Action GapNoticing Random Acts of Kindness


Even if children understand empathy, they may not know how to act on it, or what kind of action is appropriate


. “A few years ago,” Subha recalled, “we knew that we wanted to encourage empathy, but [we knew that] it is hard to walk in someone else’s shoes…first, you have to be able to notice” how someone else is feeling and what is going on around you. So Spring Mill started a “Kindness is Cool” campaign.


Students and staff fill out a card with a description of kindness observed. These comments are shared on the morning announcements and students love knowing that someone noticed their kind act....


By Eleanor Bedford

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Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching, Sara Beth Berman of the Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, wanted to create a lesson for the school’s middle school students around the ideas of empathy and forgiveness.

“In the month preceding the Jewish New Year, we talk a lot about how to forgive, how to accept forgiveness, and how do you want to be better in the new year,” says Berman, the experiential educator at this Jewish day school. “I was working on finding something to teach on these topics. And I was coming up short.”
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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next.


In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace


. By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead

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Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.


At the American Psychological Association 's 122nd Annual Convention in August of this year, Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University, spoke about his study examining the relationship between reading fiction and being able to emphasize with others.


"When people read stories we invoke personal experiences," he said. "Even though fiction is fabricated, it can communicate truths about human psychology and relationships."


By Kristie Chua 

September 8, 2014 



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