Fostering Empathy and Peace Building Skills in Young Children

Broadcast on July 19, 2016
With Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Young children learn caring behavior, empathy, and peace building skills from their experience. We adults are a big influence on what kids learn about peace, nonviolence, diversity, aggression,and bullying. How can we use our influence to its full potential so we can help to foster young people who have the skills needed to create a more peaceful world?
In this session you'll receive:

  • A better understanding of how young children build ideas about peace, nonviolence, and violence
  • A deeper awareness of how adult use of power affects children's potential as peacemakers
  • Knowledge of specific steps adults can use to help children build conflict resolution and peacemaking skills

Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Professor Emerita; co-founder Center for Peaceable Schools; co-founder Defending the Early Years
Nancy Carlsson-Paige is Professor Emerita at Lesley University where she was a teacher educator in child development for more than 30 years and where she co-founded Lesley’s Center for Peaceable Schools. Nancy is a writer, speaker and activist. She has written five books and numerous articles, book chapters, and op eds on media and technology, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms, and education reform. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy has received many awards for her leadership and advocacy in peace and early childhood education. In 2013, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Nancy is an advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice, equity, and the well being of all children.