In order for you to get a better understanding of the work of Changing Perspectives, we thought you'd like to hear from a teacher who has experienced the impact of the Changing Perspectives curriculum in her classroom. Below is a message from Natalie Lodge, a 5th Grade Teacher at Shelburne Community School:
"Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to implement the Changing Perspectives Disability Awareness Curriculum in my fourth and fifth grade (looping) classroom. I have always felt that empathy education is important for all students in our diverse society. The Changing Perspectives curriculum seemed like a great way to add structure to the work my teammate and I (pictured left) already were doing to educate our students about differences. The lessons included in the Changing Perspectives curriculum really complemented our literacy curriculum and helped students to more deeply understand the books and themes we were reading.
Through teaching the Disability Awareness Curriculum, we have witnessed our students demonstrate more understanding and practice greater empathy toward each other.Students have become more aware of the needs of diverse populations in the building and community.
I am confident that any school would benefit from the use of this program as it, without a doubt, inspires empathy and understanding in students. These are crucial traits all students require to contribute to a positive society. Furthermore, this program provides teachers and guidance counselors an efficient and thoughtful way to deliver this important information to students." - Natalie Lodge