Our Roots of Empathy Program will continue to grow for the school year 2017 -2018. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown a significant effect in reducing levels of aggression—including bullying—among primary and elementary school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the program are a neighborhood infant and parent who visit the classroom nine times over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings and intentions. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever that the Instructor uses to help children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
If you are expecting a baby in May, June, or July and are willing to work with our program OR if you are interested in becoming a Roots of Empathy Instructor, please contact Lori Rogers, Assistant Principal for more information.