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October 19, 2017

Teaching Empathy, Building Communities
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David Levine is an educator, writer, musician, and a nonprofit leader with more than 30 years of experience. Today, he focuses on creating caring and compassionate school cultures, where social and emotional learning and emotional intelligence are foundational practices, using music and song as tools. He has produced a Parentís Choice Gold Award winning recording of childrenís music and an award-winning music video documentary, focusing on empathy and social decision making. David inspires both children and adults to look within to make a difference without.

Join us on Talkzone to explore how David is Teaching Empathy and Building Communities.

For more information on David, please visit www.teachingempathyinstitute.org

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David Levine
David is the Director of the Teaching Empathy Institute (TEI). TEI works to establish emotionally and physically safe learning communities for elementary, middle and high school students and the adults who work with them. Working in the Hudson Valley of New York, TEI creates tailor-made programs designed to foster dialogue about social culture building while strengthening the capacity for the infusion of empathy and compassion into all aspects of the learning experience.
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David Levine
David is an educator, writer, musician, and a nonprofit leader with more than 30 years of experience working in a multitude of educational settings, as a teacher, facilitator and systems change specialist. Between 2014 and 2016, he worked for Turnaround for Children in New York City, as a designer and coach. Turnaround works with high-poverty schools in NYC, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, facilitating learning environments that meet the physical and emotional needs of all students. David also worked for four years as the chief trainer and facilitator for The Northeast Regional Centerís Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program, a Department of Education project devoted to creating emotionally safe learning communities. David has consulted extensively for school districts up and down New Yorkís Hudson River Valley, including schools in New York City, Poughkeepsie, and the city of Beacon, focusing on creating caring and compassionate school cultures where social and emotional learning and emotional intelligence are foundational practices.

As a musician, songwriter, and producer, David produced a Parentís Choice Gold Award winning recording of original childrenís music for Angel Records, and an award-winning music video documentary, focusing on empathy and social decision making. Using his songs as learning tools, David designed the Music Dialogue process which inspires both children and adults to look within to make a difference without. As a writer, he wrote four books and numerous journal articles that focus on empathy and emotional intelligence practices, as community building tools. He earned an MEd in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA, and a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.

In March, 2016, he founded Teaching Empathy Institute.


The Teaching Empathy Institute