Westview Elementary
North Vancouver School District
Roots of Empathy
​The Roots of Empathy program is hosted each year by one class in the school, facilitated by a trained Roots of Empathy Instructor.  In this experiential learning, the baby is the "teacher" through which the instructor helps children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.  In this program an infant their parent regularly visits the classroom with the trained Roots of Empathy Instructor who coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's feelings. The Roots of Empathy program helps to foster the development of empathy and emotional literacy, and reduce levels of bullying, aggression and violence in children.