David A. Levine

David A. Levine

David A. Levine is a teacher, trainer, facilitator, author, and musician who has made an indelible impact on students, teachers, and parents throughout the United States and abroad since 1984.

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David A. Levine

David A. Levine is a teacher, trainer, facilitator, author, and musician who has made an indelible impact on students, teachers, and parents throughout the United States and abroad since 1984. David’s work in professional development and student training focuses on creating emotional safety in the classroom and school, strengthening and sharing cultural experience, making healthy systems changes, building leadership skills, creating initiatives that build community, and designing and implementing an empathy-focused curriculum. David has taught elementary and middle school, and he was the chief trainer for the US Department of Education’s Northeast Regional Center for Safe and Drug-Free Schools for four years.

David is internationally renowned for using music as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue. His embedded professional development model, the School of Belonging, was implemented for urban youth in four Bronx schools in New York City.

David’s workshops offer the tools to create caring classrooms that foster empathy and inclusion. The workshops also provide an in-depth approach to creating an emotionally safe learning community. Using the strategies illustrated in his books, David helps workshop participants design educational environments geared to the individuality and potential of each student.

Presentation titles by David A. Levine

  • Teaching Tolerance
  • Teaching Empathy
  • Empathy, Diversity, and Communication Practices
  • Teaching Students to Become Independent Decision Makers
  • Ending Bullying and Aggressive Behavior
  • A Real-World Look at Bullying and How We Can Stop It
  • Motivating Students Through Choices
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom to Enhance Achievement and Reduce Aggression
  • Celebrating Diversity in the Classroom
  • Modeling and Teaching Courageous Conversations in the Classroom Community
  • Creating a School of Belonging

“You have a great talent and personality. It is a gift that not everyone has. Thank you for transmitting your knowledge to the world.”

Leida L. Pimentel, ELL teacher assistant, Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

“David really got me thinking about ways I can interact with students, staff, and parents.”

Barbara Silver, assistant principal, Twin Ridge Elementary School, Maryland