Essential Everyday Bravery

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Classes Societies: Tackling School Issues – Conflict Resolution | Arts & Entertainment: Mirror of Society – Role of Art on Society

Goals Intended Learning Outcomes: Instilled Citizenship Values (1) Express Empathy & Compassion (2) Habits of Mind & Heart | Challenging Problems: Questions -Build a Better World | CTEs & Disciplines: (1) Arts & Entertainment (2) Theatre Studies


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Folger Shakespeare Library

Essential Everyday Bravery

Why do we need to have the sometimes difficult conversations about identity and difference NOW? Right now, every day, in classrooms across the United States and around the world, you and your students face the reality that is this country and the world: we are profoundly divided, polarized by our lack of knowledge, lack of empathy, and lack of understanding of one another. Issues around our identities and differences—perceived and/or actual—seem to get us pointing at one another rather than listening to one another. If we talk, listen, and talk back to one another, if we hear each other’s stories, there’s a chance we can learn, empathize, and understand.


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Harvard Graduate School of Education

How to Build Empathy and Strengthen Your School Community

To help educators learn how to build empathy among their school communities, the Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education reviewed existing research on empathy and the strategies of evidence-based programs that promote it. Our work shows that there’s more to developing empathy than simply asking students to “walk in someone else’s shoes.” In this resource, you’ll find steps you can take to build real empathy in your students and your community.


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PBS Learning Media

Kindness, Empathy, and Resilience

This collection of videos and lesson plans is about kindness, empathy, and the importance of practicing mindfulness. These resources will help educators foster resilience in students grades 6-12, and include strategies to help teenagers cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well as specific challenges. The collection offers proactive approaches to help students forge new friendships and explore the concepts of self-care, care for others, and the responsibilities associated with being a supportive community member.

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