Roots of Empathy launched programs in Washington, D.C. in 2013-2014
Since then, the program has reached 1,300 children.
- 87% of students reported that if they saw a friend being bullied or treated meanly, they would help them – 2015 Annual Program Evaluation Report,
- 92% of students reported learning to recognize how the baby is feeling – 2015 Annual Program Evaluation Report, Washington, D.C.
- 86% of teachers feel that the ROE program supports the school’s curriculum – 2015 Annual Program Evaluation Report, Washington, D.C.
What Washington, D.C. teachers, students and instructors say
“We want to give our students as many tools as possible to live in their communities peacefully, thoughtfully and responsibly. The opportunity to observe, interact and ask questions about a baby and his parents will enable our children to be more reflective and thoughtful about their actions and in their interactions with others.”Angela GarciaFormer Head of School, The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
“Teaching empathy is not something you can learn from reading a book … It is something you must experience firsthand, and Roots of Empathy provides that experience in a most meaningful way.”Amy WendelLower school principal, Capital City Public Charter School
“What can Roots of Empathy teach the world? 'That everyone’s feelings matter and we should have empathy and care.'”Student, Third GradeWashington, DC
“Aggressive behaviors have definitely decreased this school year! Students are more apt to ‘brush it off’ than they were in the beginning of the year. Roots of Empathy has united our class around a common experiences. This has allowed our students to be more thoughtful and communicate with one another – as well as have fun!”Teacher, Fourth GradeWashington, DC
“I could see the impact the program had on the children in different parts of the school day, particularly that the children had become more aware of their feelings and what we had discussed in each theme. The children seemed most changed by how they would choose to react to each other, pausing to reflect and connect to these feelings they now recognized after discovering them in the Roots of Empathy Program.”Roots of Empathy instructor, First GradeWashington, DC