The power of empathy for kids when teaching education is very important today. ClassDojo and Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of theHarvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), has a new initiative designed to help millions of students worldwide learn about the power of empathy.
Through the collaboration, ClassDojo and HGSE MCC created an original series of animated, short films along with discussion guides that will be available to all teachers, parents, and students on ClassDojo.
With more than two-thirds of U.S. schools and 180 countries having joined ClassDojo, the collaboration is an opportunity to bring the concept of empathy to tens of millions of students. It’s the latest in the company’s expansion into a platform connecting classrooms with content.
Power Of Empathy
Available online and in-app, ClassDojo’s original series – “Big Ideas” – launched earlier this year as a way to help teachers and parents bring transformative ideas into the classroom and home. The first season, developed in partnership with Stanford PERTS, focused on the topic of Growth Mindset and has been viewed by one in four students in the U.S. since its debut in January.
According to the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence and empathy will be among the top 10 social-emotional skills needed for the 2020 job market. And yet, according to one study, empathy is on the decline, with college students showing a 40% drop in the trait over the past 30 years.
As with the first season on Growth Mindset, the Empathy series features Pixar-like animated video shorts that star ClassDojo’s monsters – Mojo, Katie, and their friends – as they prepare for a school play that has everyone preoccupied with their own concerns. Each video is paired with a set of projects and discussion guides for class and home, to help students build a deeper understanding of the concept of empathy.
The first video will be available for teachers, parents, and students on October 2, with the other two following weekly. The release is timed to take place during National Bullying Prevention Month so teachers and parents can help kids understand the important role empathy plays in the understanding and acceptance of others.