SEL Awardee

Renata Germino

Albemarle County Public Schools
Charlottesville, VA
“Our student-driven, experiential program is “Students, Empathy, Action! A Blueprint for Empathic Leadership.” Collaborative teams of secondary student leaders will share their families’ and communities’ cultural attitudes, values, and beliefs with elementary students. The presentations will foster emotional and empathic thinking from the elementary students, inviting the elementary students to become leaders themselves. We will infuse the four domains of global competence from The Asia Society (investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action) with the end goal of understanding one’s own culture, cultivating empathic feelings, nurturing curiosity, and understanding the connection between empathy and leadership. Elementary students, with the help of the secondary students, will then take action by creating presentations of their own.”
Tags: Collaborative Learning, Community Engagement, Culturally Responsive Approaches, District, Elementary School, ELs, Girls & Young Women of Color, High School, Identity Development, Indigenous Communities, Mentorship, New Arrivals, Project-based Learning, Racial, Gender and/or Social Justice, Restorative Practices, Student Engagement, Student Leadership & Voice, Suburban, Traditional Public School