Animal Connections Continuum
The Animal Connections Continuum brings a valuable emphasis on empathy to children’s science-focused learning. Society educators facilitate positive animal and nature experiences and help students identify their roles as individuals, community members, and world citizens, fostering students’ empathic connection to wildlife.
The explicit teaching of empathy, and the inclusion of social-emotional learning concepts and practices, takes learning beyond that of a typical science curriculum, inspiring students to take conservation action. Currently, this program serves students from three West Allis-West Milwaukee schools in grades 2-4 and is poised to build upon its strong foundation of success.