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Kindness Starts in Kindergarten

The World Economic Forum reports that emotional intelligence and empathy will be among the top 10 social-emotional skills needed for the 2020 job market, but research has shown that the trait is on the decline–a 40 percent drop in teens over the past 30 years! How do we encourage this critical trait early on? Come learn how educators and parents can work together to help kids develop the kindness habit and inspire compassionate acts.

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  1. Specific activities and approaches to help K-8 students develop empathy
  2. Why empathy is a skill that should be learned early on and the impact it has on students
  3. Real life examples of how teachers have helped students build empathy



Lindsay McKinley, Head of Communications and Brand, ClassDojo

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  • Tags: mental health, edtech
  • Event: SXSW EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: SEL
  • Level: Deep Understanding
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