As the Founder and Director of Teaching Empathy Inc., David Levine has been teaching, inspiring, and motivating teachers to re-discover the joy they once felt when they entered the teaching profession. The daily stressors that teachers feel and the frustration they live with many days of the school year will not change unless they take action to change how they respond to the new reality of school reform. It is imperative for all educators (teachers, administrators and support personnel), to embrace the potential to teach pro-social skills while building a classroom community where bullying is minimized within the systems changes ...See All
David is an educator, workshop leader, keynote presenter, recording artist and past recipient of The Parents' Choice Gold Award for Children's music. He is the author of 3 books including Teaching Empathy and The School of Belonging, and his books are used in teacher and administrator training all over the world.
He has been featured in the NY Times, National Public Radio and on WABC TV for his teaching of empathy as a bully prevention strategy. David is best known for the use of music through his signature reflective practice: Music Dialogue for Inner Action (MDIA)
Community building techniques for the classrom ($100)
In this specialty session, David will present how to implement three specific classroom/culture building tools from his book Building Classroom Communities: The Listening Wheel, The Fishbowl, and The Community Meeting. Conflict resolution, planning and problem solving will also be explored. Although this service is offered on-line, you may wish to contact David through his Learn It LIve Inbox and request a workshop on-site for you school.
Based on David's best selling book Building Classroom Communities: Strategies for Developing a Culture of Caring, this 4-part course brings theory and practice together to guide you in creating a unified and caring classroom where all students feel a sense of belonging.
Developed from David's experiences in a variety of school settings, this course will provide specific strategies for:
Creating emotionally safe classrooms
Encouraging honor and respect
Facilitating a sense of interdependence and generosity
Teaching empathy as a primary social skill
Preventing bullying and other forms of low-level aggression
In this class, we will explore how children often communicate through their behaviors. If the learning environment does not meet a student's emotional needs, the behaviors of defiance and low-level forms of aggression will often result. David will present the blueprint for decoding student behaviors while creating an emotionally safe learning environment that is conducive to student achievement and motivation. He will highlight the relationship skills of feedback and high-level listening and how to integrate those skills into one's daily practice. Participants will learn how to establish rapport with their students through the creation of "Quality World" experiences (Glasser), as they apply the ideas from the class into their daily interactions with all people in their lives both personally and professionally.
Empathy is a heart skill that promotes understanding, connection and community. This introductory class by educator and author David Levine, will explore the energy of empathy as the foundation for creating emotional safety, optimism and hope for the young people in our schools. Through storytelling, song and honorable reflection, David will guide participants to an increased awareness of self and others as they explore the life-changing practice of empathic intention.