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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Sam Chaltain


Sam Chaltain & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Education

Sam Chaltain is a DC-based writer and education activist. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments.

He is Author coauthors five books including, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community.  We talked about how to transform schools to create culture of empathy.  For Sam it's important that all students feel hear and seen and are able to express themselves.
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May 29, 2012 - The Dream School You Didn't Think Existed
Year ago, filmmakers Tom and Amy Valens set out in search of a community of educators who refused to let the current national obsession with reading and math distract them from the equally vital mission of helping students learn to think -- and act -- empathetically.

Recently, I had the honor to spend a few days at Mission Hill. I learned about its history from Ayla, Jenerra, and Kathy. I saw the school through the cinematic lens of Tom and Amy. And I discovered that their story has great relevance for us all -- indeed, that it contains the core ingredients of a transformational learning environment, and outlines the core habits of mind young people will need if they are to become active, responsible, and compassionate citizens in a democracy.