David A. Levine is a teacher, author, empathy educator, musician and recording artist. He is currently the Director of the School of Belonging Training Institute. After teaching elementary and middle school, David became the chief trainer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Northeast Regional Center for Safe and Drug-Free Schools. It was during that time that he created a framework for social culture building he calls The School of Belonging.
The School of Belonging is a social consciousness process that emphasizes relationship building, compassion in practice, social skills development and reflective practice as the primary components of a healthy and effective school. This change process is highlighted in his books Teaching Empathy, Building Classroom communities, and The School of Belonging Plan Book.