SEL in Action: Fostering Empathy and Broadening Perspectives

By Lisa Harris

An SEL in Action Community Chat

This community chat will be an open discussion of what empathy really means and how it impacts behavior and interactions in the classroom. We will discuss if, and why, it is important to broaden our perspectives of others. Why should we care how others think or feel? What does it have to do with me? We will share how empathy has played a role in our classrooms and school buildings, and discuss ways of fostering more empathy within ourselves, students, and colleagues.

Lisa Harris is a 2nd grade teacher at North Grade Elementary School and the founder of her school’s Improv to Improve project which uses improvisational exercises as a means to teach social and emotional competencies. Lisa’s aim in the classroom and beyond is to foster joy and fun. She believes that the best learning takes place when we don’t even know we’re learning… we’re just having a good time.

Join us for this casual, small group conversation on Saturday, January 12 at 10-11am Eastern Time. We’ll use Zoom to meet online and talk with one another. Come as you are to listen, share, and take away ideas.

The SEL in Action community chat series is a forum for Innovation in SEL grantees from across the country to stay inspired and connected. This chat will be a casual, open conversation among educators in this community about topics that matter most to them. They are a safe space to be honest about challenges and to co-create solutions.