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Igniting a Compassion Revolution @ How Kids Learn II

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Lynn Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO of Glitter & Razz Productions, spoke at Learning in Afterschool's How Kids Learn Conference in San Francisco on January 9, 2013 about igniting a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage.

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Igniting a Compassion Revolution @ How Kids Learn II

  1. 1. This is what our kids are facing (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  2. 2. Our kids are facing:• Bullying, relational aggression, other incidents of power imbalance and misuse• Paralyzing perfectionism and a fear of making mistakes• Isolation from their feelings & extreme self- focus• Intolerance and misunderstanding others from different cultures and communities• A serious compassion deficit (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  3. 3. A Serious Compassion Deficit “The most important problem our world faces is a lack of compassion. Compassion is a prerequisite for building a happy individual, a happy society.“ - Dalai Lama (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. 4. The Compassion Revolution “The seeds for compassion weresown by my mother.” -Dalai Lama (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  5. 5. Why Girls?“The evidence for a femaleadvantage in empathizingcomes from many differentareas. For example, given a freechoice of which toys to playwith, more girls than boys willplay with dolls, enacting socialand emotional themes…. Thissuggests the girls are beingmore sensitive to others.”- Simon Baron-Cohen,Cambridge University, “TheEssential Difference: The Male &Female Brain” (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  6. 6. Why Girls?“Heres where women differ frommen. If the other person is upset, orthe emotions are disturbing,womens brains tend to stay withthose feelings. But mens brains dosomething else: they sense thefeelings for a moment, then tune outof the emotions and switch to otherbrain areas that try to solve theproblem…Neither is better - bothhave advantages.”- Daniel Goleman, author of“Emotional Intelligence” and “TheBrain and Emotional Intelligence” (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  7. 7. These are Go Girls!(c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  8. 8. The Compassion RevolutionPutting Girls Center Stage to Change the World• Go Girls! Camp• Shows & Retreats for Kids & Families• Girl Advocates• Starring Celia (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  9. 9. Teaching Girls to be EmotionalSuperheroes: Curriculum Partners • Kidpower ® - People Safety Skills • Dr. Christine Carter – Raising Happiness • Vicki Dello Joio – The Way of Joy (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  10. 10. Teaching Girls to be Emotional Superheroes: The Skills of Go Girls!• COLLABORATION – Putting ideas together – Say “YES!” to keep the fun going• MANAGING BIG FEELINGS – Noticing and labeling feelings in your body – Kidpower ® Techniques of: walk away power, closed mouth power and calm down power – Mindfulness and Breathing – Asking for help – Saying “oh well, next time” to navigate disappointment• BUILD POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT: – Identifying as a “Go Girl!” – Belonging to the group as part of the whole – Taking compliments into your heart – Positive self talk, celebrations, “I Feel Good About Myself”• GRATITUDE & GENEROSITY : – Key happiness practices countering entitlement & self-focus – Gratitude = The power to turn around any situation – Sharing your gifts with each other and the audience (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  11. 11. Teaching Girls to be EmotionalSuperheroes: The Skills of Go Girls! • MISTAKES ARE PART OF LEARNING – Using the “Tower of Oops” as a place to hold mistakes – Developing a growth mindset for success • MANAGING CONFLICTS – Kidpower ® Techniques to solve problems, confront bullying, stand up for each other – Emotion Coaching – Developing healthy boundaries to dissolve barriers • IMAGINATION – Seeing a variety of choices – Identifying multiple ways to solve a problem – Expressing possibilities • EMPATHY – Noticing and interpreting facial expressions and body language – Perspective taking around how others might be feeling – Practicing pro-social language (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  12. 12. Why Theater?“Theatre is a form ofknowledge; it should andcan also be a means oftransforming society.Theatre can help us buildour future, rather than justwaiting for it.”– Augusto Boal, innovator,politician, director &founder of Theatre of theOppressed (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  13. 13. Why Theater? • Imagine yourself as Beanyone or anything Anyone You Want to Be • Take in the “goodyour voice, Share stuff” body & imagination Share Your Creative Ideas • PutPractice, Make Your Ideas Together Mistakes & Practice Practice Again • Be witnessed by a Perform for Others loving audience(c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  14. 14. Lynn Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO gogirlscamp.com glitterandrazz.com (c) Glitter & Razz Productions LLC, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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