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14 Children’s Picture Books About Solutionaries

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Sharing stories of people who have made a positive difference in the world is a powerful way to inspire youth to become their best selves and to realize their role as committed citizens and compassionate… More

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Resources to Help Students Think Critically

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 22, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Critical thinking isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a vital skill that’s in demand by employers and central to a meaningful education. Students need to be able to find and assess accurate, credible information; to dive… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Tracey Katof

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 21, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Tracey Katof, IHE M.A. student, is passionate about becoming a leader who inspires change for a more peaceful global community. Tracey has made her impact through the fitness and performing arts communities in New York… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Never Fall Down”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick (2012) (229 pgs) is a young adult novel based on the life of Arn Chorn-Pond, a Cambodian who was taken from his family in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge,… More

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Changemaking 101: Hosting a Film Screening

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 15, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Most of us know from personal experience that films can be transformative. The impact of a film like “Blackfish” shows just how powerful documentaries can be. And the growing realization of the influence that films… More

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Resources for Raising Compassionate Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Raising thriving, kind children who take delight in making choices that help people, animals, and the earth is a joy. But in today’s world, with a culture steeped in violence and consumerism, it’s also a… More

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Getting the Child Slave Labor Out of Your Shopping Cart

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on January 8, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

We hear about forced and child labor, reading about specific instances in the news, and we may wonder whether the sugar, cookies, or bananas we bought last week, or the cellphone we’re using, or the… More

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How Kind to Animals is Your Country?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mexico’s Congress recently passed a ban on animals in circuses. China is working on a law that, for the first time, recognizes animal welfare. And recently India passed a ban on the import of animal-tested… More

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10 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2014

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 1, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Happy New Year! 2015 promises to be a year full of hope, positive change, and even more people embracing humane education. We’re always curious about which of our blog posts our readers find the most… More

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Our 12 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2014

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 29, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our online Resource Center. We offer more than 125 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones… More