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Resources for (Re)Connecting Kids (and Adults) with Nature

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

by Marsha Rakestraw Research has repeatedly shown that we need regular exposure to the natural world. We’re happier and healthier when we’re connected to the natural world. Studies also show improved cognitive function and stress… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Project Wild Thing”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker… More

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Questions for Changemakers to Ask Ourselves When We Watch Films

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

by Marsha Rakestraw When I worked as a school librarian helping students gain research skills, I was surprised at how many students were startled to discover that just because something is in a book (or… More

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Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide

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

As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what inspires or prevents them from forming new habits and making certain choices. It’s also essential that we know… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Jenna Bardroff

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

IHE M.A. graduate student Jenna Bardroff lives in Gainesville, Florida, and works as the executive director of Kids ROCK-Reation and manager of Gainesville Rock Gym. She says that she could be labeled as a lot… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home

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

While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed choices aligned with their values, it’s equally vital that we do so in a way… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Gunny and The Magical Pack”

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

by Marsha Rakestraw “Gunny and The Magical Pack” by Amy Elizabeth Cranmer (74 pgs) For the last several years, Gunny has known only violence and cruelty as a “bait” dog. Lying injured on the side… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Emotional Intelligence Requires an Ethical Center

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As more schools recognize the importance of helping students master their emotional skills, as well as their academic skills, social emotional learning is becoming a mainstream part of the curriculum. Studies show… More

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6 Resources to Help You Tell Fact from Fiction

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

by Marsha Rakestraw In a society in which many people mistake stories from “The Onion” as true and our legislators aren’t afraid to spin wild tales as facts, being able to verify information as accurate… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: CKrystal Stokes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE M.A. student CKrystal Stokes, who lives in Tallahassee, Florida, is “a self-proclaimed birth junkie and avid reader.” CKrystal says, “I enjoy poetry, writing, listening to jazz music, and having a good conversation over a… More