PreK Empathy & Kindness Curriculum

Why is this work important?

Awareness is the foundation of empathy. For learners of all ages to achieve a greater sense of empathy, they must first develop an awareness and appreciation of differences. Changing Perspectives curricula aim to reduce bullying and social isolation in schools by teaching about differences and supporting educators’ work to build inclusive communities within their classrooms and schools. The goal is to help each child recognize his or her uniqueness and challenges and, in doing so, to promote a deeper understanding, respect, and acceptance of all people.

In addition to our PreK Kindness & Empathy curriculum, Changing Perspectives offers a K-8 Disability Awareness curriculum and a High School Disability Awareness curriculum.

 

How does the program work?

All of our programs are designed to be flexible so educators can create, structure, and implement a program that supports their schools’ goals for essential social-emotional learning.

Our PreK Empathy and Kindness curriculum is an activity-based program that gives schools the tools, resources, and support to implement activities and lessons that align with social-emotional goals for early learning. Five curriculum units offer original 15- to 20-minute lesson plans and a list of relevant, age appropriate books that help lay a foundation for essential social awareness and relationship skills:

  • Understanding Empathy lessons support educators in mindfully and deliberately nurturing empathy as an essential life skill for their students.

  • Using Kind Language lessons help educators introduce communication strategies that support emerging receptive language skills and vocabulary for expressive language around differences.

  • Learning about Others activities help children explore how they are alike and different from their peers and the value of those similarities and differences.

  • Being a Good Friend and Community Member lessons focus on helping students begin to understand what friendship is and how they are connected to their peers and community.

  • Interacting with Others activities create opportunities for students to practice key skills and strategies for building healthy relationships.

One thing that sets Changing Perspectives apart from other curriculum-based programs is the availability of technical assistance and coaching for our partner educators (e.g., teachers, schools counselors, other adults facilitating the program). This support helps ensure that partner schools are able to implement Changing Perspectives in a way that makes sense for their student  populations. In addition, it gives educators opportunities to gain or hone the skills and strategies that support respect and inclusivity in their school communities. Learn more about Technical Assistance & Coaching.

 

What are the logistics and fees?

The process for becoming a Changing Perspectives partner school is simple: Start by calling (802) 356-3291 or e-mailing info@cpne.org. We will assign you a coach who can answer questions and walk you through the sign-up and implementation processes.

All Changing Perspectives materials and resources are accessed through a login protected educator portal. Program fees cover an annual subscription that runs from August 30 through June 30. Among other benefits, your subscription includes unlimited educator logins, an initial technical assistance consultation, and access to program resources and materials.

Our goal is to make our curricula available to any school that is interested in bringing this powerful program to its students. Program fees are based on the number of students who will be participating in the program, with individual coaching and/or group professional development available at an hourly rate. Keeping our program fees reasonable is a priority and we fundraise to support operating costs so we can keep fees within the reach of any school’s budget. If you are interested in learning more about program costs, please e-mail info@cpne.org.