An Exercise in Empathy: When Principals Shadow Students

Torres and I sat in Anderson’s class as a part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, an initiative from IDEO, the Stanford d.School and the Hewlett Foundation that hopes to foster empathy between administrators and students. It’s the first part of a larger suite of programs, School Retool, aimed at redesigning many traditional, entrenched school processes.

The goal, according to Susie Wise, Director of the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.School, is for principals to understand their students’ lived realities, develop empathy for them and start on the path towards change


  Shadowing a student is low-hanging fruit that can inspire empathy and immediate action.


By Blake Montgomery Mar 7, 2016