Emotional Wisdom and Empathy: Responsiveness in Education

Sandra Bloom and Sarah Yanosy highlight the importance of emotional intelligence in our systems of care and education, and the significant but possible feat of developing emotional wisdom and empathy in our organizations. Guests comment on the crucial role of trauma-informed knowledge and approaches in work with children and adults of all ages.

Episode Description

In the first segment of Week 6, Dr. Bloom and Ms. Yanosy focus on deepening our understanding of emotions. They will highlight the critical role that emotional experience – past and present – plays in our lives, with a special emphasis on the importance of emotional intelligence in the educational system.

A central idea for this week is looking at the capacity of organizations to develop Emotional Wisdom, and what it looks like when they do. How can Empathy be developed in the workplace so that it positively impacts the people working there as well as the work itself?

In the second segment, Jake Lukas, the CEO of Novalis Trust in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom and Tim Makaruk, the Principal of the Cotswold Chine School and the William Morris School will describe the multiple ways that trauma-informed, attachment-based knowledge has become vital to their work with children and young people aged 7-19 who have complex learning needs and a wide variety of associated social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

The third segment will feature Kathy Van Horn, Executive Vice President of Lakeside Global Institute. Kathy is the founder of NeuroLogic® by Lakeside, a curriculum for teachers that offers practical, brain-based, trauma-informed approaches to creating sustainable, supportive, and emotionally safe educational environments.


  • Jake Lukas, CEO Novalis Trust in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
  • Tim Makaruk, Principal Cotswold Chine School and William Morris School
  • Kathy Van Horn, Executive Vice President Lakeside Global Institute and Founder of Neurologic by Lakeside

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