A School of Belonging

A School of Belonging is a social culture building process that promotes an emotionally safe learning community.

A School of Belonging creates school cultures that foster empathic relationships, emotional safety, and real world learning between students, teachers, school leaders, parents and the community.

Mission: Advocating for a shift in K-12 education from standardized testing as the sole metric for measuring effective instruction, A School of Belonging is developing a more holistic approach to evaluating quality education that takes into account the social, emotional and leadership skills necessary for student success in the 21st Century.

TEI office coming together. #jodirockinsupport

TEI office coming together. #jodirockinsupport

TEI office coming together. #jodirockinsupport

Lucky to say I see this everyday from our front yard. #wherewelive

Medicine tree of life. #soulcraft #animasvalleyinstitute

In the early morning space in The TEI office. #coolmeetingswillhappenhere. #transformingeducationalpractice

Teaching Empathy Institute sans furniture. #teachingempathyinstitute.com

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos


Goin' to Austin

Gid scores 2 for the HM Mavs

Sam for 3

Jodi snapped this on our xmas eve stroll.


Our house. #averyfinehouse #love

Early morning walk in our field. #kripplebushrocks. #ilovemyhome

Timeline Photos

Hudson River moon rise

My work station #kidsgetmethroughday

The teacher. Back in black

The student. Still have a lot to learn

Sam takes me deep

Teaching Empathy Learning Institute is now in partnership with. Activ8change.com in the U.K. We are producing a 4 part webinar. Fostering Empathy In Our Schools due to be released soon.

Me, Jodi and Duncan on the same stoop on Bone Hollow Road. A beautiful day in December.

Lesson map

My desk at turnaround


Teaching with sacred intent

The latest...please spread the word. Thanks.

teachingempathy.wordpress.com In psychologist Jean Houston's book A Passion for the Possible, her view into the human experience, sees our existence as part of the greater whole, inviting us to re-frame who we are through ou...


I have a dream for schools: Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


teachingempathy.wordpress.com In my empathy building work with children in schools all over the country, inevitably someone will bring up The Golden Rule and this will open up the conversation to exploring the legacy of Martin ...


Teaching Empathy


teachingempathy.wordpress.com Creating empathic and compassionate schools


Serial, This American Life, and the Empathy Code


teachingempathy.wordpress.com You might be wondering what the relationship is between Serial, the 12 episode podcast retracing and examining the case of Adnan Syed, an 18 year old high school senior from Baltimore County, Maryl...


Teaching Empathy: The ancient way is now cutting edge


davidalevineblog.wordpress.com We hear all the time about learning for the 21st century and the need for U.S. schools to prepare our students to effectively compete internationally. Science, technology, engineering, and math (ST...


Empathy as a consciousness movement


davidalevineblog.wordpress.com A Word Appeared In early December of 1989, while working as a “visiting teacher” for schools throughout the Northeastern United States, I had an unusual experience with a group of 5th grade ...

[12/29/14]   The fundamental difference between creating and problem solving is simple. In problem solving we seek to make something we do not like go away. In creating, we seek to make what we truly care about exist.
-Peter Senge


Dr Charles Sophy interviews David A Levine






Pam, Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification instructor, on mindfulness (YL retreat)


Sign Up | LinkedIn

I have posting all of my educational posts on another page. I am going to shift over today. In the meantime, this Linked-in page has a lot of School of Belonging/Teaching Empathy Institute interviews and articles. More soon.


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The "emotional center " at Pok Day School

First day of school. Two members of the upper school.


Educators Fight Violence With Empathy

A powerful conversation with Michel Martin

npr.org Ten years ago today, two students at Columbine High School went on a shooting rampage that killed 12 students and one teacher. In the aftermath, many educators developed programs to reduce school violence. David Levine has taken it one step further. He teaches empathy. Levine and Principal Olivia Fr...


PS:MS 20 Respect for All Week NYC

a short talk in NYC for Respect for All Week.


Teaching Empathy w/ David Levine

Here is an interesting angle on the legacy work for children in our schools. My friend and colleague Suzy Meszoly and her Love Now movement!

David A. Levine is a teacher, author, empathy educator, musician and recording artist. He is currently the Director of the School of Belonging Training Insti...


Back to School | This American Life

Take a listen and then read Paul Tough's book How Children Succeed.

thisamericanlife.org As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough's new book

[03/30/14]   Concerns about the school environment (safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure), was the most cited reason that parents gave for home-schooling their children.
—National Center for Education Statistics


Ready to Learn? Ready to Teach? | Aspen Ideas Festival

Awesome conversation on school reform.

aspenideas.org It sets a high and necessary bar, but the challenge before us is to ensure that every teacher and child is fortified with the skills to hurdle it.

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Teaching Empathy was created by David A. Levine to provide a forum for people concerned about the school experiences of their children. Teaching Empathy Inc. is also a non-profit training and publishing organization located in The Hudson Valley.