On which of the following California counties does your project focus its impact? (check all that apply):
San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara.
How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
Teachers have a profound opportunity to educate all children to become highly competent leaders in their communities. Uniquely beginning during initial teacher training, CRTWC develops teachers who see social-emotional skills as central to their own skill set and to the skill set of their students. SEL competencies such as self-regulation, self-awareness, social awareness and ethical decision-making are foundational to empathetic action. The power of a teacher’s belief in students’ abilities, genuine caring and ability to meaningful nest SEL in the ongoing curriculum are truly transformational. How students are treated translates into how students treat themselves and others, increasing their capacity to be empathetic citizens.
Tell us about your partnerships
CRTWC collaborates with a variety of institutions, including Knowledge-Building Partners (New Teacher Center, Acknowledge Alliance, Developmental Studies Center); Implementation Partners (Santa Clara County Office of Education, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sunnyvale School District, Silicon Valley Education Foundation); & Partners for Scaling the Model (CASEL, California Council on Teacher Education, Massachusetts SEL TEd Consortium).
CRTWC has achieved significant milestones, while inspiring considerable interest in our work. Our challenges are to develop and sustain collaborations with other teacher training programs and school districts that lead to observable change, and to garner additional financial resources. We need to build organizational capacity, create more professional development materials, expand use of our website, and execute a longitudinal evaluation that builds credibility and improves our work. CRTWC will also develop a business plan to address sustainability and organizational development issues.
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, enabling action.