Empathy in your classroom

In a 10-week design journey, The Teachers Guild asked its network of optimistic educators across the country to design and share ideas to cultivate empathy in their classrooms. This project generated over a hundred solutions, and sparked active conversations on and offline about the limits of empathy in schools and the role that student voice plays in building bridges across divides in classrooms today. We launched this project because we believe in the power of empathy to positively transform student and teacher experience. If you’ve been in a school for any length of time, you know that whether you’ve asked for it or not, you’re bound to encounter extremely vulnerable situations. For example, each day teachers and students are on the front lines of complex, deeply human questions—questions about difference and belonging, privilege and ability, acceptance and conflict. Teachers know the daily significance of modeling higher order emotional intelligence, including practicing compassion, love, and tolerance. As schools become more centered on the unique needs of each student, and as we continue to embrace the diversity of our schools, we will need to continue to practice and cultivate empathy for our students and for each other.