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Resources for Funding Your Humane Education or Changemaking Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 29, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You’re passionate about creating a better world. You have a great idea. But what you lack is the funding to implement your project. Many a great changemaking idea has been stifled by… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Leave a Compassionate Comment

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 27, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a common saying in the cyberverse: Never read the comments. But a new study by researchers at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, has revealed that both “a prejudiced and anti-prejudiced… More

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Cultivating Changemakers at IHE’s Student Residency

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Twelve students traveled to IHE’s campus in Surry, Maine, for our week-long graduate student residency. Students and faculty gathered for a week of connection, exploration, and collaboration, focused on honing their humane education skills and… More

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2015 “Animal Tracker” Report Shows Strong Belief in Protecting Animals

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 20, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Faunalytics (formerly called the Humane Resource Council) has released its Year 8 “Animal Tracker” survey of U.S. adults, which serves to capture attitudes and behaviors toward animals. The focus of the questions… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About the Power of Gardens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 13, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” ~ Thomas More Gardens are full of life, diversity, and wonder. They feed us physically and emotionally. They can be made of… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Language Matters

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw We can kill two birds with one stone. The dog wagged its tail. I’m feeling crazy. That movie was so lame. That’s so gay. Our everyday language is filled with messages, framing,… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Guantanamo Boy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In “Guantanamo Boy” by Anna Perera (2011, grades 7-12), Khalid Ahmed is a 15-year-old living in Rochdale, UK. When his family goes to Pakistan to visit family after a… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Kit Jagoda

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 2, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE M.Ed. student Kit Jagoda has been a public school art teacher for more than 28 years. She and her husband also co-founded River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary, which is in Spokane, Washington. And, as a… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Idle No More

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 25, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw It happens numerous times a day around the world. We’re waiting to pick our kids up from school; just running into the convenience store for a sec; stuck at a train crossing;… More