Fourteen of D.C.’s youngest teachers were recently celebrated by Roots of Empathy Founder Mary Gordon and school representatives, volunteers and students for their contributions to the city’s inaugural Roots of Empathy programs this past year. Over 60 people attended as the almost-one-year-olds were honored at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School.

“These Tiny Teachers are at the heart of the Roots of Empathy program,” explains Gordon. “By sharing the many milestones and experiences of their first year of life, these babies provide perfect examples for our trained Roots of Empathy instructors to build upon. The students who participate in the program are coached first to recognize emotions in the baby, then in themselves, and finally in each other, thereby developing emotional literacy and understanding,
and developing their empathy.”

The program was brought to the nation’s capital through a unique consortium of private, public charter and public schools all interested in offering this experiential learning to their students.

Beauvoir, Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, Capital City Public Charter School,
Horace Mann Elementary School and Maury Elementary School all offered programs to multiple classes this year.

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that runs for 27 weeks throughout the school year.