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Cultivating Compassion and Empathy


The Academy of Prosocial Learning is the hub for those who want to support humane and prosocial development in all walks of life, including education and professional settings. Prosocial skills including critical thinking, empathy development, perspective taking, and self-management are critical to successful functioning.


We offer courses for those working to bring inclusive social justice into all fields and through our credentialing program and consulting, assist education professionals looking to bring student-centered learning, humane pedagogy, social and emotional growth, and critical thinking into their work. Having served as educational consultants in the United States and Internationally, our team specializes in supporting all types of educators who wish to cultivate a culture of learning and empathy. The Academy offers the premier humane education credentialing program, the only national registry of humane education specialists, and helps clients achieve their goals by providing the professional development, curriculum frameworks, and guidance they need in order to be successful.

In addition, the Academy offers a volunteer engagement micro-credential in partnership with the Association of Animal Welfare Advancement. 

Our staff also work with professionals and companies to develop skills such as empathy for clients, effective communication, and self-care. Learn more about us.

What is humane education?
Humane education encourages cognitive, affective, and behavioral growth through personal development of critical thinking, problem solving, perspective-taking, and empathy as it relates to inclusive social justice for people, animals, the planet, and the intersections among them. Education taught through the lens of humane pedagogy supports more than knowledge acquisition, it allows individuals to process personal values and choose prosocial behaviors aligned with those values.  -- Itle-Clark

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President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stephanie Itle-Clark is the founder of the Academy of Prosocial Learning.

Stephanie Itle-Clark


Program Evaluation Advisor and Curriculum and Content Developer, Dr. Erin Comaskey is an APL faculty member and CHES graduate.

Erin Comaskey


Registrar, Barbara Itle.

Barbara Itle


Earn your Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) credential through our online program of study. The CHES credential is a research-based program designed to build capacity within the educational community allowing educators to implement humane pedagogy and empathy building through a standards-based approach. Graduates of the program are recognized as high-level practitioners and become part of an elite group as a member of the Humane Educator Registry.

In addition to CHES credentialing program, we offer stand-alone courses.


The Academy of Prosocial Learning is your go-to source for educational consulting specializing in prosocial and humane pedagogy as well as educational leadership, coaching, and compassion fatigue. The team has experience with a wide range of services which can be tailored your specific needs. As an industry-leading international educational consulting company, our team can guide you in creating a high-achieving empathetic school, classroom, or facility. Let us help you achieve academic and social and emotional student success. Contact us today and find out how we can help you reach your goals.


Since 2007, our team has provided tailored consulting services and workshops. Allow us to talk through your goals and work with you to design a specialized action plan. Academy staff can provide professional development in one-on-one, small group, or large group settings. Our joint expertise in humane and prosocial education, learning theory, empathy, and learner-centered approaches will guide you through every step of the decision-making process. Get in touch today and see how you can benefit from our services.



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