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Saturday, September 12 • 10:00am - 10:45am
The Role of Empathy in the Classroom: Reflecting, Questioning, and Repositioning

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The education model for the twenty-first century requires students to be globally-conscious and equip themselves with cognitive, behavioral, and relational skills to problem solve from multiple perspectives and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. One such skill educators seek to help students develop is empathy. Empathy is used to realize, question, and disrupt power relations in language and literacy and to help students understand and prepare for the increasingly-connected world in which they live.

In this presentation, I will share how I taught empathy in three settings: teaching refugees in Budapest, teaching migrant students in rural Indiana, and co-teaching humanities in a PBL classroom. I will reflect on the efficacy of empathy in each experience and uncover common threads using critical literacy and Whiteness studies frameworks. I will share how empathy is currently assessed and conceptualized among researchers and education stakeholders and discuss the implications of these practices.

This presentation will also invite participants to reflect on their own experiences fostering empathy in their classrooms; engage in critical discussions on recent empathy assessment practices among education stakeholders; and collaboratively discuss ways to become more intentional and reflexive while using empathy to foster equity.

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Amy Walker

PhD Student, LCLE, Indiana University
Amy is a PhD student in Literacy, Culture, & Language Education at Indiana University and an associate instructor, teaching reading research and methods courses to pre-service teachers.  As a rural community resident and researcher, she is a former middle school English as a New... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
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