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Lessons in Empathy
Three years ago, when Providence Center was rethinking its after school program they turned to community leaders to determine what the children needed: it was help coping with the brutal circumstances of living in Philly’s highest-poverty and most murderous neighborhood. So Providence Center hired Christa Tinari’s PeacePraxis, which brings research-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs into schools. Now, afternoons at the school revolve around a curriculum that teaches children skills of resiliency, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-awareness. Those skills, in turn, have helped students become more attentive and interact better with their peers and teachers in class—and beyond.