Teaching Empathy in the PreK-20 Classroom

So one night I was up late, popping almonds like popcorn and watching the latest Netflix series, contemplating this teaching challenge. How do we “teach” empathy? I decided to turn to the pros: many of the amazing teacher experts that I know across the US (State Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers, and teachers from the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory).

Below is a list of some of the great texts suggested by these experts for teaching and building empathy with our students, focusing on our English Language Learners. 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, suggested by Jane Fung. Faye Cook, and Bill IveyWonder by R.J. Palacio, suggested by Jessica CuthbertsonOut of My Mind by Sharon Draper, suggested by Faye CookBlood on the River by Elisa Carbone, suggested by Cheryl Suliteanu

 by Megan Allen