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Understanding, empathy, and interpersonal attunement are not only foundational to academic excellence; these skills will help our children develop the capacity for self-awareness, for managing their emotions, for empathy and social skills, all of which increase their likelihood of success in school and life.
In today’s rapidly changing world, everything that empathy means is critical to children’s success in life. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next.
Data demonstrate that Social and Emotional Learning programs in schools not only enhance children’s learning, they have significant positive impacts on academic performance, attendance, behavior and overall well-being of students.
Research shows that empathy is foundational to change making. High Emotional Intelligence enables our children to grow into innovators and entrepreneurs who apply empathy with intention and rigor, their deep understanding of others guides their efforts to success. We are working to unleash the demand for empathy as a core 21st century skill – through our curriculum and collaboration with social entrepreneurs, educators, parents, and key players in that area, to make empathy in our school as essential as reading and math.
Research shows that a critical ability in children to regulate their social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors
has a stronger association with academic achievement than IQ or entry-level reading or math skills.
"It’s emotional intelligence as fundamental as math and science in terms of turning a child into a capable adult".
- Peter Salovey, Ph.D Pioneering Researcher in Emotional Intelligence and President of Yale University