Pinellas County Schools in Florida has partnered with the nonprofit Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services to offer "anti-violence" classes to 10 middle schools with low test scores and other challenges. The semesterlong classes aim to improve students' behavior and help them better regulate their emotions. "When students and employees at a school practice empathy and are willing to see everyone's perspective, students are more motivated to do well," said Nancy Friedman, the nonprofit's program director.

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