Kathryn Lee is Director of Innovation, Partnerships, and
Service at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, California. She was an
organizer of the TEDxGoldenGateED: Compassion and Education Conference
held in Richmond, California which had over 700 attendees. Prospect Sierra
is an innovative school that has been at the forefront of incorporating
empathy and compassion into it's curriculum including the Root's of
Empathy and the StartEmpathy programs.
How can we build a culture of empathy?
Celebrate, Educate, Discover, and Uncover. I believe that empathy
is not only a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay strong, but
that there are stages in the development of empathy, and essential
skills to be learned. For example, if you feel for other people,
but your speech doesn't convey that, then you might not really be
helping to create a more empathetic society.
Also, to be an effective communicator/change-maker in the world, one
must know how to listen for understanding, convey that in words and body
language, AND have advocacy skills. We can't listen our way out of a
problem. Sometimes empathy requires strong action -- compassion -- and
it might not always be cum-by-ah. Sub Conferences:Education
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TEDxGoldenGateED Teach Compassion
-Education Hearts and Minds
TEDxGoldenGateED will take place on June 11, 2011 from 1pm to 9pm at the
soaring and historic Craneway Pavilion. Join us to hear from a
incredibly diverse field of speakers about what science tells us about
compassion and empathy, and see how compassion improves learning. You
will also meet people who teach compassion explicitly, and others whose
creative and vital work is deeply informed by it.
"Prospect Sierra is an independent K-8 school in the San Francisco Bay
Area. Nestled in the hills of El Cerrito on two campuses, Prospect
Sierra provides an academically rich and rigorous curriculum grounded in
the values of service, innovation, engagement, and curiosity to spark
studentsí passions, which they will continue to develop throughout their
lives. Our community of faculty, staff, parents, and students work
together in a spirit of respect and compassion. Together we strive to
learn and apply what we learn to the greater world around us."