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April 7, 2021

Teaching and Learning Center presents professional development event today

Submitted by Teaching and Learning Center

As part of the Teaching and Learning Center's Professional Development Series, Tara Coleman, web services librarian for K-State Libraries; Mariya Vaughan, assistant director of K-State First; and Brent Weaver, learning assistant coordinator for K-State First, will present "Building Empathy Through Role-Play" from noon to 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 7, via Zoom.

Few people are skilled at empathetically responding to a difficult situation the first time they encounter it. It is easy to imagine how we will respond calmly, but when tension is high, or when we are navigating a global pandemic, our response may be very different. Training and role-play can help us recognize warning signs of a challenging situation and allow us to process it more quickly, react more effectively, and respond with care. In this workshop, participants will role-play scenarios drawn from the group's personal classroom experiences to help them start to develop a routine of empathy for their students.

View the promotional video.