Video Synopsis: Music has always been a part of Lisa Ostrow's life, from growing up with a father who played in an orchestra, to ten years of professional instruction on the piano herself, to having three daughters who all have musical gifts. What she didn't know was how music would play such a huge role in her life after she found out her twin daughters had PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). In 2007 Lisa released a musical CD that not only included her incredible piano playing and angelic voice but also had the whole family contributing on tracks on the album, which made it into iTunes' top 100 on the easy listening section. What makes the album even more special is that all proceeds are being donated to help find a cure for PKD. In addition, Lisa is fast becoming a spokesperson for PKD, helping educate and build awareness of a common disease that few know about. Also, she and her children are outspoken about educating people with respect to organ donation and the importance such a gift can make. A mom with a musical gift who is giving back in amazing ways to help solve the challenge of PKD, not just for her daughters but for the millions worldwide who have this disease. Oh, and if all of this were not enough, there's one other thing we forgot to mention. We'll let Lisa tell you in her own words: "I'm Lisa, and I happen to be blind."
Suggested for: Traditional schools, alternative programs, youth groups, community centers
Suggested grade use: 5-12
Pre-video Discussion points: Time: 10 min 21st Century skills used: LIS-CT, LIS-CI, CS-CL
How would you describe community?
Who is part of your community?
What would you do if you had twin children with a disease? What if you learned the disease had no cure?
What comes to your mind when you think about people with disease? Do you think it is your responsibility to do anything about it? Is it your community’s responsibility?
What do you know about Massachusetts? Is Massachusetts a good place to get medical care? What about your community, is it a good place to get care?
What do you think a parent should do for a sick child?
Post-video Discussion points: Time: 20 min + 21st Century skills: LIS-CT, LIS-CI, CS-HL
What do you think about Lisa?
How did Lisa use nutrition information to manage her children’s illness?
How do you think the use of music will help Lisa’s daughters?
How do you think Lisa’s daughters feel about their mother’s music?
Do you think you would have come up with the same project as Lisa?
What would you have done differently?
What problems do you feel Lisa is solving?
Would you consider their actions Kind actions? Why/Why not?
What is Lisa’s community, who is in it?
Action: Time: 40 min 21st Century Skills: CS-CL, LIS-CT, LIS-CI
Define as a group what your community is and who is in it
Explore things that could be improved in your community.
Tip, this is accomplished best as a brainstorming session. One suggested method: Give each student a post-it-note pad and a pen. Depending on attention span provide 1-5 minutes for the students to write one idea on each sheet, not fleshed out, just concept. Encourage student to write as many ideas as come into their head. At 5 minutes, or when they stop writing, collect all of the notes and begin grouping them by sticking them on the wall. Create a separate line for each similar idea/category/theme. Have the group determine which line has the most suggestions and choose that as the area your group will explore to provide a solution.
After agreement has been reached discuss an activity/program/project the students can create to work on that problem.
Develop groups to tackle the different sections that need to be researched, designed, developed. Be sure to utilize all possible new media tools in the project design as appropriate.
Create Kindness based community action: 40 min 21st Century Skills: LCS, LIS-CT, LIS-CI, IMT-ML, IMT-T
Breakout into groups to do the groundwork for the class chosen activity.
ACTIVITY: Time determined by class
Post-activity: Time: 60 min 21st Century Skills: LCS, IMT
Be sure to capture a video or photographs of the students in action and have the students develop a blog entry utilizing video and photos to report their results and how the project made them feel. Submit to RAK!
Life lessons explored:
Connection to community
Community lessons explored:
Determining a need
Building from the ground up
Building a team
Service to others
Kindness lessons explored:
Care for another
Doing over and above the expected for another
Living with awareness of all in your community
21st Century Skills Explored: Life and Career Skills (LCS)
Initiative and Self Direction - Manage goals and time
Social and Cross-Cultural skills - work effectively in diverse teams, work w/people in a range of social and cultural backgrounds
Productivity and Accountability, manage projects, produce results
Leadership and Responsibility - guide and lead others, be responsible to others
Learning and Innovation Skills (LIS)
Critical thinking (LIS - CT)
Systems thinking - analyze how each part interacts to create the outcome
Make judgments through analysis, interpretation, reflection
Creativity and Innovation (LIS - CI)
use a wide range of ideas
create new ideas
be open and responsive to new ideas
understand the real world limits of adopting new ideas
Information, Media and Technology Skills (IMT)
Media Literacy (IMT - ML)
Create media products using appropriate tools and effectively communicate to a diverse audience
Technology (IMT - T)
Use technology as a tool to research, organize, communicate
Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes (CS)
Civic literacy (CS - CL)
Civic engagement as defined "Individual and collective action designed to identify and address issues of public concern." "Civic engagement", American Psychological Association. Retrieved 11/26/07
Health literacy (CS-HL)
Understanding preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet, nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance and stress reduction
Using available information to make appropriate health-related decisions
Establishing and monitoring personal and family health goals
Basic video editing software
flip cameras or other basic video camera
Additional materials as required by students for their impact/kindness project
Time: Video watching: 10 min Discussion time: 40 min Group break-out: 60 min Community/Kindness project: Time determined by group and action chosen Report creation: 60 min
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