Cleveland High School @ 5511 15th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 8am-4pm
Following the tragedy in Newtown, CT, Dr. Christopher Kukk and Scarlett Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, began work to weave compassion into schools. They met with President Obama and soon after with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who was developing compassion curriculum for schools on the opposite side of the country. The movement to create a nation of compassionate schools had begun. Join us for a compassionate schools networking conference for teachers, parents, students, administrators and community partners as we learn from these experts and work together to promote social and emotional growth strategies, community service opportunities, earth stewardship initiatives and innovative perspectives for rethinking schools. Guest speakers include: Dr. Christopher Kukk Western Connecticut State University Center for Comnpassion, Creativity & Innovation Scarlett Lewis Founder, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation Marilyn Turkovich Charter for Compassion International Ron Hertel OSPI, Compassionate Schools Project Director Raj Manhas Superintendent, North Thurston Public Schools Ed Murray (not confirmed) Seattle City Mayor Community partnership and networking opportunities: Service learning strategies with Lois Brewer, SPS Director of Service Learning, Creativity & compassion clubs with Peter Hubbard, 5th grade teacher, Youth Ambassadors with Youth Ambassador students Compassion Games International with Jon Ramer, Compassion Games founder, Mindful classroom stress reduction with Dr. Joshua Ginzler, amindfulcenter.com, DiscoverGiving: altruism in the classroom with Karli Larson, TisBest Philanthropy, And many more! Join our local compassionate community at www.compassionateseattle.org. Clock hours offered for all Washington State certified teachers. Light refreshments and a full lunch will be provided. Register Now: http://compassionateschools.bpt.me/ This event is being co-sponsored by Compassionate Seattle – Compassionate Schools Constellation, and Charter for Compassion International with the generous support of Cleveland High School. “We recognize that every person shares a common humanity capable both of happiness and suffering. We pledge in our words and actions to treat everyone in this school community as we would wish to be treated, to help those around us who are in need, and to make amends when we cause another pain.”
Monday, August 11, 2014 from 7-9pm
At Sandy Hook Elementary, the unthinkable happened. Even from a distance, the pain of such an event is too much to fathom. The hole left in a community can only be accompanied by profound sadness, bewilderment, and fury. The loss of loved ones, an overload of our ability to even imagine. Yet since Sandy Hook, 77 shootings have taken place in schools across the country, including Oregon and Washington State. In the wake of these tragedies, two points have become startlingly clear: they can happen anywhere, and the path towards healing will most definitely require the mobilization of each and every one of us. We live in a time that is calling us to search in the deepest reservoirs of our humanity, to ignite an unprecedented capacity for empathy, understanding – and most of all – for compassion. Following that tragedy in Newtown, CT, Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Foundation, whose 6 year old son Jessie was murdered at Sandy Hook, and Dr. Christopher Kukk, Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University, began work to weave compassion into schools. They met with President Obama and soon after with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who was developing compassion curriculum for schools on the opposite side of the country, in Hawaii. And so, the movement to create a nation of compassionate schools has begun. Since that tragic event, communities throughout the country are feeling a growing sense of urgency that things must change to ensure safe and nurturing environments for all our children. Indeed, the issues are complex and defy easy solutions; the time has come for compassion in the classroom, and it is up to the community to make that happen. Join us on the evening of August 11 and for the day on August 12 at the first regional compassionate schools networking conference for teachers, parents, students, counselors, administrators and community partners. You will learn from education professionals about how compassion fits within core curriculum, and engage with each other in breakout sessions to address the complex challenges facing education today in the areas of mindfulness, social emotional learning, service learning, compassion curricula, youth programs, and environmental stewardship. The day will culminate in the launch of the Washington State Compassionate Schools Network to serve schools, parents and community members with a centralized location for resources, education and support in bringing compassionate programs and curriculum into Washington classrooms. For full details on the conference, and to register, click www.compassionateseattlehome.org We hope to see you at the conference and will be grateful if you share this invitation, with your endorsement, with all your friends. It is time that we broaden the goal of educating minds to educating the whole child. It is up to us to make that happen, and Together We Can! Step up now to be part of the solution! In community,