Saturday, April 12: Compassion Workshop: Action Makes Compassion Real

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Seeds of Compassion's panel of child-development experts will discuss tangible

tools, programs and curriculum that promote social, emotional and cognitivelearning from birth WHAT: Every interaction we have with a child impacts his or her view of the world. With the goal of supporting interactions that
nurture optimal social, emotional and cognitive development, Seeds of Compassion presents the first in a series of Compassion in Action Workshops. Three experts in the fields of education and human development will lead an audience of 5,000 in a discussion of "Compassion at Home, in Schools and the Community." The panelists will offer tangible tools to help parents, teachers and community members build foundations of learning, compassion and empathy in our children and in ourselves. WHO: Three award-winning educators, authors: -- Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is the author of the internationally acclaimed "The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience." In addition to directing the Mindsight Institute, Siegel is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and a member of the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain and Development. -- Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, parenting expert and the founder and president of Roots of Empathy, a not-for-profit organization that offers programs for children in elementary schools and childcare centers. Her innovative Roots of Empathy programs are offered in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Gordon is the author of the Canadian bestseller "Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child." -- Dr. Ed Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington. Taylor's research and teaching center on diversity and leadership in education, school and community organization and change, and social justice -- topics on which he has written extensively. A local community leader, Taylor is a founding board member of Molo Care, an organization enabling children in children in South Africa to attend school, and the academic preparation program Rainier Scholars. WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. WHERE: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle (near Qwest Field) WHY: To inform and empower adults in the development of kinder and more compassionate local and global communities by highlighting the science, evidence-based programs, tools and strategies that build the foundations of learning and compassion in children and youth. For the full list of Compassion in Action Workshops, visit the Seeds of Compassion Web site. Seeds of Compassion is an initiative created by the Kirlin Charitable Foundation to nurture kindness and compassion in the world, starting with children and all those who touch their lives. Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the five-day event will partner with early childhood-development advocates and organizations, foundations, educators, scientists, business leaders and the greater community to highlight and promote the evidence-based programs, tools and strategies that greatly assist with the healthy development of children as happy, compassionate members of society. IMPORTANT NOTE: Press credentials are required for all media covering any portion of the five-day Seeds of Com

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