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Teaching Empathy Institute (TEI) works to establish emotionally and physically safe learning communities for elementary, middle and high school students and the adults who work with them.
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Empathy is a Heart Skill

Teaching Empathy Institute (TEI) works to establish emotionally and physically safe learning communities for elementary, middle and high school students and the adults who work with them. Working in the Hudson Valley of New York, TEI creates tailor-made programs designed to foster dialogue about social culture building while strengthening the capacity for the infusion of empathy and compassion into all aspects of the learning experience.

Creating Schools of Belonging

TEI’s signature initiative, A School of Belonging, is a comprehensive and enduring social culture-building process that highlights how critical it is to meet the emotional needs of staff and students. Working with school leaders, teachers, mental health professionals, para-professionals, students and parents, School of Belonging implementation focuses on creating a culture of emotional safety in which healthy relationships are key. Emphasizing life-skills development, students achieve to their fullest academically and socially while having the skills and perspective to manage emotions successfully during stressful and difficult times.

Measuring Our Effectiveness

glowing-bulb-300TEI’s School of Belonging initiative is being researched by Drs. Sonali Rajan and Lalitha Vasudevan, of Columbia University Teachers College, as part of a longitudinal study on the effects of a School of Belonging on school safety, peer relations, emotional wellness, and student perception of the school climate. A leadership academy is being run with 4th grade students in the Hudson Valley of New York during the 2017-2018 school year. These students will be provided with the social and emotional leadership skills necessary to prepare them as they enter middle school as 5th graders in the 2018-2019 school year.

Teaching Empathy
Video Glossary

A series of overviews by TEI Director David Levine highlighting the theoretical foundation of our work.

Little Talks that make a big difference:
The TEI podcast series

Little Talks focuses on meeting the social and emotional needs of your students, moving them toward, healthy social decision making and pro-social skills development. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for latest Little Talks releases.

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