Building Empathy in Schools (K-12)


Did you know that 42% of bullying incidents occur in the hallways and stairwells of schools, or that a bullying incident has a 57% chance of being stopped if a bystander intervenes?

Michele Borba examines the chilling statistics that show how prevalent bullying is in U.S. schools and responds with concrete strategies to reverse the trends of specific bullying behaviors. Acknowledging that bullying prevention is often reactive, Borba outlines how to build empathy into our classrooms to make more meaningful and permanent changes. End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy is not a bullying prevention program but a doctrine that works alongside research-backed programs. The course will walk you through Michele Borba’s six “R’s” of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. Her book educates teachers about the theories behind bullying prevention, provides the steps for building a comprehensive program in schools, and energizes educators to build empathy as a community.

Educators taking this course will evaluate and assess bullying response strategies. They will learn techniques to respond to bullying in the classroom and school. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate-level course intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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