Launched in 2011-2012, the Roots of Empathy pilot included program in five Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) schools.
"Roots of Empathy teaches you about bullying and that you should not be mean to people. I think that everyone should have a chance to go to Roots of Empathy."
- Grade 5 Student
'Tiny Teachers' involved in the California pilot of Roots of Empathy were celebrated at the first ever Baby Celebration in California, June, 2012.
Watch Tony Smith's presentation to OUSD Principals and Teachers.
Tony Smith, OUSD Superintendent and Mary Gordon at the first ever California Baby Celebration, June 2012.
NEW! Tony Smith, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), spoke to OUSD Principals and Teachers at a Roots of Empathy Workshop in January 2013, on the value that Roots of Empathy is bringing to the comprehensive education they are offering to Oakland's children. Watch the presentation here.
This year's pilot is part of the Oakland Unified School District's social-emotional learning initiative in cooperation with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), as part of the CASEL-NoVoFoundation's intensive Collaborating Districts Initiative, supporting large school districts in building capacity for high-quality, evidence-based programming to promote social and emotional learning in preschool through grade 12.
Roots of Empathy programs in California are supported by The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.
Find out more about Roots of Empathy and how you can be involved as a volunteer family or Instructor in California, here. To bring Roots of Empathy to your community, please review the US Expansion document and these FAQs, and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org