In 2017, 90by30 brought Roots of Empathy founder and president Mary Gordon to our conference as they keynote speaker. Many of our regions had expressed interested in including the school-based pogram, which teaches children empathy while reducing aggression and and bullying, in their prevention plans. In Fall 2018, Roots of Empathy became the second flagship strategy, following the Welcome Baby Box, to debut in Lane County. Now, as we enter the 2019-2020 school year, ROE is in classrooms in all seven of our regions.
Since its founding in 1996, Roots of Empathy has expanded from Canada to eleven countries on three continents. An elementary- school classroom is paired with an infant, caregiver, and a volunteer instructor who delivers the ROE curriculum over 27 classroom visits. The infant and parent visit the classroom every three weeks, while the instructor also visits the weeks before and after to prepare and reinforce teachings using a specialized lesson plan.
To build the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting; to create caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults - these are the goals of Roots of Empathy. These are goals that 90by30 shares, and for this reason we're excited to bring ROE to elementary classrooms in all seven of our regions.