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Empathy: Build and practice personal empathy

A student’s capacity for empathy impacts their ability to understand others, to listen and assess multiple perspectives, and to build stronger ideas through collaboration. Personal empathy is increasingly relevant: employers recognize the need for skilled person-to-person communication, parents, and teachers prioritize the development of the whole child, and society’s anxiety toward device dependency has students and adults wishing for more connection. Students recognize what results from a lack of empathy in themselves and others, and know that they are at their best when they deeply understand others inside their classrooms, community, and the larger world.