Roots of Empathy launched programs in Oregon in 2018.
What Oregon teachers and students say
“I feel like it’s a wonderful vaccine to help reduce child abuse and neglect in the community by just inoculating people with the sense of compassion and kindness. And I think that’s a wonderful gift to give our community.”Suzanne Mann-Heintz, InstructorFlorence
“I’ve been teaching for – this is my 26th year – and it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve had happen in the classroom.”Glenda Green, TeacherLundy Elementary School
“I love having Roots of Empathy in the classroom. It’s been an anchor for me as a classroom teacher. Anytime there are any kind of interpersonal conflicts where 2 students aren’t getting along I can link back to something that we’ve learned about in Roots of Empathy and just ask students – how did that make you feel?…it’s helped with problem solving, it’s helped with them, not just thinking about themselves but looking around, even when they’ve made a mistake or if they see somebody that has made a mistake and has hurt them, it’s helped give them words to tell others how they’re feeling.”Jeannette Jones , TeacherFlorence
“I have seen a decrease in physical aggression my students since the beginning of the year. They are using there communication skills to resolve conflict before their hands. I have also observed students taking breaks, communicating their feelings, and taking deep breathes when experiencing big emotions.”Teacher, Grade 1Florence
“The children became more in tune with their feelings and towards the end, started showing signs of listening and not interrupting each other! … To watch the progress of the children open up and start to recognize feelings of themselves and others and it was a valuable lesson for me as well to listen to mine and others feelings!! I love this program... and spread the word any chance I can get!”Volunteer parent, Grade 1/2Mapleton