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We're an Ashoka Finalist!

By June 8, 2012Uncategorized

We are honored to be a finalist for the Ashoka Activating Empathy competition. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prize and Townsend Press/DonorsChoose.org Prize in the competition. Prizes will be given to the top innovations that promote social-emotional learning in schools from Pre-K to 12th grade.

You can view our entry here: Respect On the Inside.

We’re among 628 entries of innovative models with strong potential to scale. Together, along with every entrant from the competition, we hope to create a world guided by empathy and collaboration, one led by empowered young people who succeed in the classroom and in every walk of life.

Why empathy?
Empathy is a critical skill in a world defined by rapid change–one that is foundational to the social, teamwork and leadership skills required to contribute successfully to society.

Activating Empathy is a global collaborative competition to find the best ideas, programs, and learning-models from around the world that:

• Encourage social and emotional development
• Unlock new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions
• Address bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives
• Promote community diversity and a respect for differences
• Champion children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders

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