David A. Levine’s
work on teaching empathy as a social culture building strategy has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, and ABC News. After teaching elementary and middle school, David became the chief trainer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Northeast Regional Center for Safe and Drug-Free Schools. It was during that time that he created a framework for social culture building he calls "A School of Belonging." This systems change process, is highlighted in his books, "Teaching Empathy" and "The School of Belonging Plan Book." He is currently on the Design and Development team for Turnaround for Children
in NYC, is the founding director of The Teaching Empathy Learning Institute
, and serves as an adviser to Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative.