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A convening of five schools in 2012 yielded these tips on cultivating empathy in your school.
Gloria Perez smiled as she closed down the snack-stand after a busy day. The market survey she conducted turned out to be a good idea—she was really glad that she and her employees had the foresight to think like her customers. After all, it doesn’t make sense to sell cupcakes when the consumers want brownies. Believe it or not, Gloria isn’t (yet) an independent businesswoman. She is student at Cunningham Elementary School in Austin, TX. Gloria is also an English language learner, and when she first arrived at Cunningham, she spoke very limited English.
Alejandra is using circus to prepare children and youth to be active citizens. She engages youth from multiple communities in Chilean society, especially those with little or no education in cultural activities. She uses the excitement of the circus to involve the body and mind of children in a wide range of skills and activities which enable them to achieve a sense of self-respect and accomplishment.
With her Designathon Works learning method grounded on design thinking the child is understood as a complete human being endowed with great creative capacity, Emer Beamer enables teachers to tap into the natural space of play within a child and among children, to stimulate their interest and engagement in social issues, and challenging them to design solutions for these issues within the context of their formal education curriculum using modern technology.
After 12 years of independence, Timorese people are still living in the ongoing cycles of violence that has become “naturally accepted” as part of their life. The impact of the violence at home, schools, streets, and by the existing institution, legal frameworks and protection systems are still nascent.