I just uploaded this interview with David Levine, Author of: Teaching Empathy: A Blueprint for Caring, Compassion, and Community. David has been working on building a culture of empathy since the mid '80s! He has a wealth of insights and embodies empathy as well.
"Empathy education is one of the most critical educational issues of our time because it is only when students feel emotionally safe and secure in all areas of the school environment—in the classroom, hallway, or cafeteria; at recess; and on the bus—that they will begin to focus and tap into the unlimited potential that lies within each of them. "
"Empathy as a skill is a multifaceted process that moves along a continuum from observation to thought and finally to feeling and action."