This video is from Oakland’s Montera Middle School during Kindness Week 2013, where Kelly Quayle teaches a Leadership course. Kelly used lessons from our compassion education curriculum, Doing Good, and one of the assignments was to write a letter of encouragement to a friend. The students decided to write a letter to everyone at the school. Kindness Letters – OUSDNews.
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In addition to helping those struggling with poverty abroad, we want to encourage young people locally to be aware of all that they have and begin to think of ways to benefit others. We feel the most impactful way we can alleviate poverty domestically within the scope of our limited resources is to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists and world-changers. We approach this by educating high-school aged students about poverty and encouraging them to get involved to make a difference in their local and global community. To do so, we have developed the Doing Good curriculum co-authored by our president Tom Nazario and by Kelly Quayle, a career educator. It is being published by Rowman & Littlefield and will be available in classrooms around the country in Spring 2017.
The curriculum is composed of ten lessons:
Lesson One: Gratitude. This lesson aims to lead students to assess their own gratitude for the advantages they may have in their own lives.
Lesson Two: The Real World. This lesson aims to give participants a broader perspective about the world in which we live.
Lesson Three: The Problems We Face. This lesson seeks to inform participants of the world’s greatest problems and the challenges we face as delineated in the UN Millennium Report.
Lesson Four: Empathy. This lesson is devoted to exploring the meaning of empathy and how empathy differs from sympathy or pity.
Lesson Five: Compassion. This lesson leads participants to explore the concept and practice of compassion.
Lesson Six: Poverty Near and Far. This lesson is intended to bring awareness about the extent of poverty in the world, the different types of poverty that exist, and how poverty and affect many aspects of life.
Lesson Seven: Out of Poverty. This lesson highlights how simple it can sometimes be to lift one person, one family, or one village out of poverty.
Lesson Eight: Needs, Wants, and Waste. This lesson helps participants to examine the nature of consumption in America and helps participants to define what is really important in life.
Lesson Nine: Happiness. This lesson examines what can truly make people happy as well as to look at recent science on the study of happiness.
Lesson Ten: Doing Good. This lesson wraps up the curriculum by helping students to develop a project to directly “do good” and improve the lives of others.