Harvard Graduate School of Education: Join Our Circle of Concern AND Relationship Mapping Session
Join us for this free interactive training: “Circle of Concern: Developing greater empathy in students and ourselves.” We’ll also spend time talking about our popular Relationship Mapping strategy meant to help connect students to caring adults.
Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30PM Pacific Time (3:00-4:30 Eastern Time)
Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)
Helping students develop greater empathy is essential for building a positive school climate, but equally important is considering who students have empathy for. Children and adults alike are predisposed to empathize for those who are in their own social group.
Empathy for many different kinds of people is important in its own right and is the basis for children’s developing conceptions of and commitments to fairness and justice. The Circle of Concern strategy is designed to help children — and adults — become more aware of those for whom they don’t have empathy. It is also designed to widen their circle of concern.
After this learning session, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Help develop students’ empathy
- Help students notice who is in and out of their circle of concern
- Help students widen the circle of people they care about
- Help students take prosocial actions based on a widened circle of concern
- Create a community of mentors that routinely engage and build relationships with students in particular need
We look forward to sharing evidence-based best practices, but this will be an interactive experience, so we look forward to hearing what's working in your school community too!