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Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and training to help educators offer children a deeper, holistic education, has recently soft-launched the Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC). The Online Institute will offer a 12-course online training program starting March 31, 2014, to educators and anyone interested in learning the CCC methodology – the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion.
“This comprehensive program engages the inner world of trainees,” explains CCC founder Pam Cayton, “and provides practical tools for implementing the CCC curriculum in a variety of settings. Participants throughout the world can come together in this new online venue and explore course material through original CCC content, contemplative practice, discussion forums and multimedia from some of the leading neuroscientists, educators and psychologists today.”
Inspired by Lama Yeshe’s vision for secular education, the idea for CCC began developing in 1989 at Tara Redwood School in California. Pam officially founded CCC in 2008. “I wanted to give educators a way to offer children a holistic education that addressed not only their academic needs, but their psychological, emotional and social needs, too. For example, the curriculum includes a component for children to learn how to identify emotions by associating them with colors and learning how to express them publicly in appropriate ways. The heart of all of this is the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion, the theoretical basis that helps the curriculum develop a child’s natural ethics, wisdom and compassion.”
Pam hopes that the OICCC will give interested people more training with the material than could be done in a weekend workshop and expand the “classroom” to a global scale, meaning international students can work together to understand and experiment with the ideas discussed.
“I want people to understand that this program is suitable for parents, teachers, psychologists and anyone who works with children and families,” Pam says. “I believe lots of people can benefit from this and I’m so glad to be carrying on Lama Yeshe’s vision for education in this way.”
Creating Compassionate Cultures invites everyone to preview course offerings on the new OICCC.
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