Empathy at Rose Avenue

In May 2016, Rose Avenue Public School was named an Ashoka Changemaker School. Changemaker Schools are a global community of K-12 schools that prioritize empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving as key learning outcomes. These influential schools are leading a transformation in education that supports children as changemakers — individuals with the aforementioned skill set and connection to purpose that enable them to generate ideas and take initiative to effectively solve problems and drive positive change. Rose Avenue was selected as the first public school in Canada to earn the Changemaker School designation because of its focus on the cultivation of cognitive empathy in its students, and its commitment to partnering with neighbourhood organizations to enrich the life of the school and the broader community.

Rose Avenue joins a vibrant network of over 200 public, independent, charter, and other schools around the world working at the forefront of K-12 education to ensure that kids today grow up fully equipped and inclined to change their world for the better – to thrive and help others thrive in the modern world.

To learn more about Changemaker Schools, please visit http://www.changemakerschools.org


Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the largest global network of social entrepreneurs, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows across 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice.  Ashoka’s mission began in catalyzing individual entrepreneurs, but has evolved to enabling an “Everyone a Changemaker” world. This means equipping everyone with a skill set and connection to purpose, so that they can contribute ideas and effectively solve problems at every level. This evolution comes from the realization that, in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the speed of change is accelerating at an exceptionally rapid pace. Ashoka believes in a true world community, where everyone contributes to change for the good of all. 

To learn more about Ashoka, please visit https://www.ashoka.org/