Empathy School Spotlight: Prospect Sierra | Ashoka – Empathy

“Empathy is at the core of academic programs. This is so incredibly important. We are not preparing our children well if we are not explicitly teaching it. We think about it as part of our responsibility.”

– Katherine Dinh, Head of School, Prospect Sierra

At Prospect Sierra, an independent K-8 school in the San Francisco Bay Area, learning has to do with engaging the heart just as much as it does with engaging the mind. It is a place where compassion is not a program or unit, but a cornerstone of the entire school community. Teachers, students, administrators, and parents are all deeply interconnected and dedicated to making school both challenging and joyous….


We recently spoke with the folks at Prospect Sierra to see what tips they had to offer about activating empathy in schools. Here are few:…