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Eye On The Valley – Arts and Drama at Home – April 2, 2020

Host: Matt Watson

Co-Host: Amber Raskin, Founder & Executive Director of iLEAD Schools

Topic: Drama and Arts at Home

Guests: Ian Johnston, Theater Facilitator at iLEAD & SCVi Schools; Bob Sharits, Program Director and Community Outreach Specialist for The Way Out Recovery SCVKristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR

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Drama and Arts at Home — April 2, 2020

On this episode of Eye On The Valley presented by SCVi & iLEAD Schools, Amber is out, and Sara McDaniels is in for the week to fill her place.

Our first guest is Ian Johnston, Theater Facilitator at iLEAD & SCVi Schools, and he calls in to talk about how to integrate drama and arts into an online and/or at-home curriculum. Ian talks about his background in teaching and in theater arts, and how he was inspired to go on a long journey that led him to his current position. After nearly a worldwide journey through a variety of countries, Ian and his family has found their place in Los Angeles. Ian explains how SCVi and iLEAD utilizes theater, drama, and the arts in their learning programs, and how those practices can be applied at home. Ian talks about how one of the strategies he has used throughout his life, is setting a restriction on himself and seeing how his other skills rise to the challenge of overcoming that restriction. Ian realizes the seriousness of Covid-19, and is also taking the stay at home orders as a challenge. Ian has turned to virtual performances and Zoom, and has used those platforms to continue to connect his learners and performers.

Matt and Sara continue to talk about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and provide more great advice about how to be the best person you can be while living in your new normal. Matt and Sara encourage everyone to persevere and continue to work on themselves while they are following the safe at home orders. It is easy to get caught up in the negative, and Matt and Sara want to remind everyone that there are many ways to be positive and work on yourself while helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The next guest on the show is Bob Sharits, Program Director and Community Outreach Specialist for The Way Out Recovery SCV. Bob calls in to talk about how to remain sane and sober during the stay at home orders and quarantines. With people spending a lot more time at home and with the added stresses caused by Covid-19, it may seem easier than ever to utilize drugs, alcohol, and other substances to get through these times. Bob shares great advice and information on how to avoid turning to those vices, and how you can maintain the same high standard of living that you have been adhering to. Bob talks about how The Way Out Recovery SCV has transitioned to online platforms and social distancing in order for them to continue to help people. They were able to transition immediately while maintaining HIPA compliance that still follows the safe at home and social distancing guidelines.

Later in the show, Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR, calls in to talk about why people don’t prioritize their mental health as much as their physical health. Kristina talks about the natural needs of humans are founded on taking care of their physiological and safety needs. She talks about how the spread of Covid-19 has lead to a lot of people feeling stressed and threatened on a physiological level, and that has made people prioritize their safety more. Kristina talks in great detail about what factors make people focus on their physical health more so than their mental health. She offers great advice on how to break through the stresses brought on by Covid-19, and how to keep yourself focused on your mental health just as much as your physical health.

About SCVi & iLEAD Schools:

“At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.

We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.

It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.

Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.” Read More…

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Eye On The Valley – Arts and Drama at Home – April 2, 2020

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About Shane Cutchall

Born and raised in Canyon Country, Shane graduated from Canyon High School in 2012. A year away from obtaining a Communication B.A. from CSU Bakersfield, Shane joins the KHTS staff to board-op and KHTS Sports Reporter.