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Compassion as Our Compass

20+ Professional Learning Activities to Nurture Educator Empathy

This book demonstrates how to intentionally teach compassion. It guides teachers, leaders, administrators, counselors and school social workers on how to build strong, supportive relationships with students and each other. With helpful insights and activities, the cultivation of compassion, empathy, and inclusion can happen for all.


  • Transition the professional learning lessons into lessons or activities educators can use with students.
  • Address the importance of building connections with students to foster a sense of trust and safety.
  • Examine the various roles educators play and ways they are called on to step up to build student rapport.
  • Gain explicit directions and materials lists for facilitating activities that focus on bringing compassion to the forefront.
  • Learn the challenges that high-mobility students face and the ways educators can be mindful of and address those unique challenges.

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Chapter 1: Acknowledging Trauma
Chapter 2: Creating Connections
Chapter 3: Accepting Others
Chapter 4: Understanding Our Roles
Chapter 5: Helping High-Mobility Students
Chapter 6: Increasing Caregiver Engagement


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6