Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions?

By Evie Blad
April 27, 2016

This article by EdWeek, takes an in-depth look at the findings of a study by Stanford University researchers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The researchers worked with 31 math teachers in five diverse middle schools spread over three California districts, administering two online professional-development exercises over the course of a school year. The study found that increasing teachers’ sense of empathy for their students, may lead to a drop in suspensions without any formal changes in policy.

This article is a great conversation starter around the topic of school discipline and the impact improved student teacher relationships can have on classroom behavior, engagement, student learning, and equity in schools.

Source Organization: Education Week 

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