Connecting Across Differences: Empathic Listening Practice (May 14)


Monday, May 14th 5:30 – 7:30 PM (Alki Elementary)

 Join us for a night focused on strengthening your ability to understand and connect with your kids, partners, peers, community, and yourself. Empathic listening is a technique focused on observations, feelings, needs and requests. Attendees will be inspired, energized, and enjoy fun activities that will open your ears to new ways to listen.

The Inclusion Committee’s mission is to create a more inclusive environment at Alki Elementary and empower others to share their experiences.  We want to help shape Alki Elementary into a place where people are heard and appreciated. We want our Community to be a place where we celebrate our individual and cultural diversity. We want it to be a place where everyone feels that they belong.

Listening Hours is a program that the Inclusion Committee is introducing this spring. Individuals are invited to attend a listening hours session and share their needs in a confidential space. We believe this form of information gathering will be a powerful tool to help us all understand the greatest areas of need related to diversity, culture, and inclusion.

Our committee has been attending Empathic Listening training sessions with Sura Hart in order to prepare our minds and hearts for Listening Hours, and we’re very excited to announce that Sura has offered to facilitate a community training session on Empathic Listening. The event will be on Monday, May 14, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Alki Elementary.

Childcare provided with RSVP via SignUpGenius.

About Sura:

Sura Hart is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication and a leader in the incorporation of Nonviolent Communication in school communities.  She offers workshops and trainings throughout the world—in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia, India, and China.

Sura co-authored three books: Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids; The Compassionate Classroom; The No-Fault Classroom. She also co- created The No-Fault Zone® Game for ages 5-95, used in schools, homes and wherever people want to connect.

When not traveling, Sura makes her home in Seattle, Washington, where she supports businesses, organizations, couples and individuals—as well as people incarcerated—with skills for strengthening relationships through collaborative communication and restorative conflict resolution.

Sura is the proud grandmother of 1st grader, Geovanni Freestar, and happy to be part of the Alki Elementary Community.

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