Want to be a Roots of Empathy Instructor?
Roots of Empathy relies on volunteer Instructors from the community to deliver our program to elementary school children. We offer training and certification and give you all the support you need to help children discover their shared humanity through observation of a baby and parent, and through curriculum activities that develop social and emotional literacy. It is a very rewarding experience – you can see the changes in the students over the year.
“In a world where we can’t control what happens outside of the school day for our students, Roots of Empathy provides us with a wonderful, rich experience that they can ‘feel’ now and carry with them as they grow. It’s a powerful way to build better human beings.” – Karen Seamone, Roots of Empathy Instructor, Alternate Programs/Behaviour support Lead, south Shore Regional Centre for Education
“Every time Roots of Empathy happens in our class I am happy. I start to feel softer, happier, calm, and just joyful. I look around our classroom and everyone is happy. It’s like Roots of Empathy changed us. All our anger, and all our stress, it goes away. We feel like little kids again. We talk together and we feel like family. Nobody’s scared to express their ideas and nobody hides their feelings. They let it out.” – Romario, Grade 8 student, Market Lane Jr and Sr Public School, Toronto
Scroll down to learn more about becoming an Instructor, and please read Roots of Empathy Instructor Role, Responsibilities and Commitment before filling in the form below. It outlines the commitment requirements for Instructors as well as the rules and responsibilities of the role. The form below is an expression of interest only, not an application form.
If you live in a country where we do not presently offer Roots of Empathy, and you would like to be in touch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How it works
Roots of Empathy Instructors come from the community and are certified through a Roots of Empathy training program. Instructors deliver all aspects of the Roots of Empathy lessons in the classroom and work closely with the participating volunteer family and the classroom teacher throughout the school year. You visit the same classroom 27 times over the school year, about once a week starting in the fall, and deliver lessons that are 25 – 40 minutes long.
Roots of Empathy Instructors come from diverse professional backgrounds. Many have backgrounds in teaching, health, early childhood education, social work, guidance counseling, speech therapy and recreation. We also have principals, retired school board superintendents, and police officers delivering the program. Having classroom experience is a major asset, as is having knowledge of infant development.
We want our Roots of Empathy Instructors to be:
- professional in the classroom
- respectful of classroom teachers and all people involved, and of their roles and ways of doing things
- respectful of the culture and routine in the classroom and school
- sensitive to the privacy of the home and family culture
- non-judgmental, empathic, and comfortable with babies and children
- able to recognize the potential of Roots of Empathy to empower people
Instructors receive four days of intensive training from certified trainers and complete a written test. Training happens in late summer or early fall. And there is lots of support from Roots of Empathy during the school year – ongoing guidance on best practices by Roots of Empathy Mentors ensures Instructors are qualified, confident and supported. We hope you’ll join us!