The following have been selected to provide children, parents, educators, clinicians, and business/policy leaders with books that demonstrate compassion, as well as articles and books that suggest easy steps for bringing compassion into your home, family, and workplace.
Seeds of Compassion is proud to announce that for a nominal fee of $50, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and certified counselors can obtain clinical CEUs up to 22 hours for presentations and workshops at Seeds of Compassion, April 11-14, 2008. Please see the list of CEUs available from our co-sponsor, Lifespan Learning Institute. More...
Please see the articles and links below to better understand the role that compassion can play in enhancing your student’s academic performance and emotional and social growth.
Continuing Education for K-12 Teachers
The Heritage Institute will offer all K-12 educators the opportunity to receive WA State clock hours or credit for attending the Seeds of Compassion events. Under the World We Want initiative, K-12 teachers can register for 3-50 clock hours or up to 2 credits in a flexible, self-design independent online study format. Your online account can be opened starting at $30. Please call The Heritage Institute at 360-341-3020, or when you are at Seeds of Compassion events, please register at The Heritage Institute's resource table.
The Heritage Institute is affiliated with Antioch University Seattle to offer continuing education quarter credits for K-12 educators.
For more information please visit the Heritage Institute website (external site)
Classroom Resources & Lessons
Seeds of Compassion is pleased to offer these resources for educators to use in the classroom for all grade levels. We hope that they will serve as an incentive for teachers and school administrators to further social and emotional skill development through implementation of a more extensive, evidence-based program. More…
CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education. The collaborative publishes and disseminates information on what works in SEL, and works closely with educational leaders to bridge science and practice by putting research and theory into action in real world settings.
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression and violence among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
Committee for Children
Committee for Children, a Seattle-based nonprofit, offers evidence-based programs for preschool through grade 8 that teach children skills to stay safe from bullying, violence, and abuse. Children, educators, and families achieve greater school and life success by learning and practicing a core set of social and emotional skills: empathy, problem solving, and emotion management.
The organization has worked toward its vision-"Safe Children Thriving in a Peaceful World"-for nearly 30 years. Committee for Children's award-winning programs, including the acclaimed Second Step social and emotional learning curriculum, now reach over 7 million children in 25,000 schools around the world.
The Channing Bete Company brings you the research-based and proven-effective PATHS program, a violence-prevention curriculum that promotes social and emotional learning (SEL), character development, and bullying prevention, and builds the problem-solving abilities and other life skills required for positive relationships today -- and throughout students' lives.
Greater Good Magazine
Greater Good is a new voice of compassion, hope, and inspiration. Four times a year, it highlights ground breaking scientific research into the roots of altruistic human relationships, and fuses this research with inspiring stories of compassion in action. In the process, it provides a bridge between social scientists and parents, educators, community leaders, and policy makers. Its underlying goal is to highlight the strides we’re making (and obstacles we’re encountering) toward becoming a more benevolent society.
National Child Care Information Center
Scientists now have a much clearer picture of the brain's inner workings - how it learns and grows. Babies' brains grow and develop every day. Recent scientific discoveries demonstrate how a child's earliest experiences and relationships affect the way his or her brain is organized. During the early years of life, the brain is forming connections that may determine a lifetime of skills and potentials. Quality care of young children is key.
Children thrive in caring school communities. Children learn when their basic needs are met. Students’ connection to school affects their behavior. Competitive situations make learning more difficult. Children seek social support to learn the skills of their culture.
Schools can and do make a difference in how students develop as citizens and as whole people. Students who feel connected to their school perform better academically and are less likely to engage in problem behaviors, such as drug use and violence, than their counterparts who feel disconnected from their school.
When Peace is the Prize
This partnership program between Seeds of Compassion and the Seattle Times’ Newspapers in Education program uses the Nobel Peace Prize as a lens through which to view the history of compassionate action in our global community. This series appears every Friday in The Seattle Times from now until May 9, 2008 More…
The mission of Talaris is to advance knowledge of early learning and the importance of parenting in the first years of life.
ParentMap is a trusted source of information that connects parents to community resources in the Seattle area.
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.
Parent Trust offers a variety of educational and support services for families in Washington State.
Circle of Security
The Circle of Security Project is an innovative, first-of-its-kind early intervention program designed to alter the developmental pathway of parents and their young children.
Promoting First Relationships
Promoting First Relationships is a prevention program dedicated to promoting children's social-emotional development through responsive, nurturing caregiver-child relationships.
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand helps parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
The Mindful Parent
The Mindful Parent is an organization devoted to sharing with parents and other child caregivers ways in which to enhance the many joys of parenting. By mindfully attending to our children, both when we are physically present with them and when we are physically separated from them, we can enhance our sense of connection to them and, in turn, our connection to the cosmos. This makes us a better parent, a happier person, and a more vital human being
Books for Parents to Read to Children
Almost any book can be used as a Social Responsibility book. The books listed here were chosen to match the descriptors found in the Social Responsibility Quick Scales. You will find the key descriptors under each heading. In each case we’ve provided a summary and indication of how a discussion about the book might proceed. We have chosen picture books as we felt they would be more easily used in a lesson. A list such as this will never be complete as there is always one more book.
Rotary 5030 Partners For Work Project
Partners for Work (PFW) is a Rotary District 5030 (King County) project, that speaks to compassionate work, and creates employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities by utilizing Rotarian business leadership as a vital link between job candidates and paid work. Come celebrate the ‘Dignity of Work’ by attending our Partners for Work Kick-Off Showcase Event on Saturday, April 12th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, in Seattle (Starbucks Headquarters). Read More…
National Council of State Legislatures
The wonders of child development and the long-term consequences of the experiences of young children has made the focus on child development and early learning a key policy focus in the United States, one that attracts the attention of policymakers, parents, teachers and researchers. Extensive research on early childhood education programs shows a variety of short- and long-term outcomes from high-quality early childhood programs ranging from higher test scores, improved language development, fewer behavior problems, higher rates of graduation, reduced involvement in crime, and lower receipt of welfare. As a result, the early childhood field is focusing on developing programs and systems that lead to the best outcomes for children.
Approaches aimed at reducing the “preparation gap” – the gap that exists as early as when children walk in the door to kindergarten, can target a number of areas such as high quality early learning programs, preschool and support for parents and families.
Illinois is at the forefront of states' efforts to ensure that the social and emotional needs of children are recognized and addressed in schools. In 2004, Illinois became the first state in the nation to adopt student learning standards in SEL. The CASEL site details the Illinois state standards.
2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Research indicates that large numbers of children are contending with significant social, emotional, and mental health barriers to their success in school and life. In addition, many children engage in challenging behaviors that educators must address to provide high quality instruction. Data from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey stated that:
• 6.0% of U.S. youth 14-17 years old did not go to school on one or more of the previous 30 days because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.
• 7.9% of these youth reported having been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property during this same period.
• 28.5% of these youth reported having felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row during the previous 12 months that they stopped doing some usual activities.
• 13% reported actually having made a plan to attempt suicide during this period. Data on developmental assets considered important to children’s mental health and social/emotional development are also cause for concern.
Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds. Supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders and a project of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Pre-K Now:
• supports state-based children's advocates;
• educates policymakers about the need for pre-k; and
• raises public awareness about the need for pre-k for all children.
Birth to Five Policy Alliance
With generous support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, CED is pleased to be working as part of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance to further promote the benefits of early childhood education. Alliance members include:
• National Center for Children in Poverty
• National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
• Zero to Three
• Council of Chief State School Officers
• Ounce of Prevention Fund
• United Way of America
• Fight Crime Invest in Kids
• National Conference on State Legislatures
• National Governor’s Association
• Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
• Center for Early Care and Education (CECE)
• Child Care Inc.
• Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA)
The Center for Early Care and Education (CECE) is a joint venture of Child Care, Inc., (CCI) and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA).
• Strategies for Children
Committee for Economic Development
On January 10, 2006 in New York, the Committee for Economic Development, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and PNC Financial Services, Inc. sponsored an all-day forum, Building the Economic Case for Investments in Preschool. Over 200 business leaders and education experts came together to discuss progress in local, state, and national efforts to establish universal, quality pre-kindergarten for all American children. Research shows that high-quality preschool offers long-term economic payoffs and near-term savings.
The results of a new poll of business leaders by Zogby International on early education issues were released at the conference. The poll found that American business leaders overwhelmingly back public funding for pre-kindergarten for all children to keep the U.S. economy globally competitive. Important links from that conference are below: