Empathy is a key skill that supports human development, aids emotional regulations, helps build and maintain healthy relationships, and contributes to one’s ability to flourish as a global citizen in the quickening pace of technology and changes that define our 21st century culture. This course examines what it means to be empathetic and why empathy matters for teachers' well-being and their students' success in school and success after high school--college, careers, and engagement within their community. Connect research to pedagogical best practices that support the building of empathy skills with K-12 students. Participants will reflect, and revise existing lessons to integrate emotional intelligence building skills to increase empathetic behaviors, creating an Educator's Empathy Toolkit.
Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades K-12)--veteran and beginning. The course can also enhance building the emotional intelligence of empathy for parents and caregivers.
Course Materials: Text, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by Michele Borba, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
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