“I went through the public school system from kindergarten all the way to post-secondary. So did my wife. So did both of my children. And all of us in what many consider the most diverse and multicultural city in the world. Likewise, my wife and I have always been active on the parent committees in our children’s schools. So, I am no stranger to the sensitivities and dynamics of the public school system.”
~ Tim Huff, Compassion Series Lead
About our values-based approach
Our values-based interactive classroom programs and speaking sessions for children, youth, educators and education leaders are hallmarked by great sensitivity to and respect for the public schools’ and public school boards’ inclusiveness protocol, and honouring of all cultures and beliefs.
Quite simply, The Compassion Series’ values-based agenda in public schools is to gently and meaningfully challenge children and youth to recognize how they look at their world, and where there is assumption, judgment or fear, to choose instead the lens of compassion and understanding.
What you can expect
All specialty presentations are designed in consultation and agreement with the host educator or administration. Whether we’re looking closely at specific social justice matters around homelessness, disabilities or indigenous peoples, or at broader conversations on service and kindness, the aim of The Compassion Series values-based sessions is to invite children and young people to become the generation that transforms society into a more aware, engaged, united and compassionate population. Compassion Series sessions are ideal launching pads for meaningful and creative follow up lessons and assignments in writing, art, drama, history and more.
Values-Based Sessions for Students
Understanding Homelessness - Interactive Single Classroom
Interactive single classroom 75-90 minute sessions for children (K-8) built around one of our original resources, the award-winning children’s book The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge: Helping Children Understand Homelessness. For more information about what happens in the interactive children’s classroom sessions, see our related FAQ.
Understanding Homelessness - School Assembly
Adaptable school assembly versions of all K-8 sessions are available. In conjunction with the school’s host leadership, The Compassion Series is happy to create an ideal student assembly either as a stand alone event or as one that includes specific and meaningful classroom follow-ups.
Interactive Junior High & High School Sessions
Interactive 30-60 minute Junior High and High School speaking and dialogue sessions, for classrooms and school assemblies. Topics include poverty and homelessness, disabilities and inclusion, anti-bullying vs. pro-compassion, leadership by example and commitment to service.
Specialty talks for teenage audiences are story-filled, and pro-compassion focussed, including the popular theme – “A Radical Truth; gentleness and thoughtfulness are the true new counterculture”.
University and College addresses
Sessions available for university and college level classes in fields including social services, education, human rights and sociology.
Coming soon for Students
In 2017, The Compassion Series will launch and offer interactive single classroom 75-90 minute sessions for children (K-8) and full school assemblies built around one of its original resources, the award-winning children’s book It’s Hard Not to Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities.
Coming soon for Students
In 2016, The Compassion Series launched a new resource in the form of a shared-project with Cheryl Bear (Nadleh Whut’en First nation in northern BC), called The Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada’s indigenous People with Children, Families and Classrooms. This resource includes and extensive Parent and Teacher Discussion Guide. Through out 2017-2018, The Compassion Series will work with Cheryl Bear on additional shared resources for families and classrooms.
Values-based Sessions For Parents and Educators
Compassion Series parent and educator sessions are designed to encourage and inspire the adults who pour into the lives of the cherished next generation.
Specialty talks for parents are designed to visit conversations that explore the heartbeat of the family and how that impacts a young life inside and outside of the home, including the popular themes – “A Kitchen Table Revolution; home as a beacon,” and “Topping the Wish List: cherishing in the home that wins the day outside the home.”
Specialty talks for educators are designed to encourage and challenge teachers as influence-makers and culture-shapers, including the popular themes “Hope-giving 101: you can’t teach social justice if you don’t live social justice,” and “Legacy Building: the humble road for outstanding educators.”
Values-based Sessions For Principals, Vice Principals and Education Superintendents
Specialty talks for principals, vice principals and education superintendents are designed to inspire and esteem top administration to engage in the fullness of their role and the opportunity to lead with grace and enthusiasm, including the popular theme – “Bring hope. Serve well. Celebrate; the ultimate calling.” Session length ranges from 30-120 minutes, upon request.
Values-based Sessions For homeschooling groups
The Compassion Series sessions are very adaptable for home schooling groups. We are pleased to discuss arrangements that would lead to an ideal and meaningful session for children and parents engaged in home schooling education.