Rick Ackerly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Education

Rick is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 45 years of experience working in and for schools. With a master’s in education from Harvard University, Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities. Author, “The Genius in Children: Bringing out the best in your child”

How to build culture of empathy? ‘Children have empathy; the best way to educate it is to utilize it.


All good educators know empathy is one of their greatest abilities, and the origin of some of their greatest passions. Their brains are designed to know how others feel. They are wired with mirror neurons; when someone else is hurt, they feel it. By eighteen months they know that another person might want something different from what they want, and are inclined to give them what they want, rather than what they would choose for themselves.’
Sub Conference: Education