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Empathy is a topic that was repeatedly part of conversation at the 2017 ILA convention in Orlando, FL this weekend. It is a topic that is timely, relevant, and necessary. About a year ago, I wrote a post on Edutopia discussing how empathy and reading comprehension can intersect. Discussing and practicing empathy in the classroom is a practice that benefits both teachers and students, and it reaches into both the social-emotional and academic experiences of a classroom community. It provides a lens through which to view peers, texts, and the world at large. Take a look at this post for ideas on how to use empathy to boost comprehension. If you give any of these ideas a try, I would love to hear from you!