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Marsha is IHE's Director of Education Resources and Alumni Relations and part of the online course faculty. More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Karen Patterson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. graduate Karen Patterson works as the director of humane education for the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she built their humane education program from scratch. Karen spent 10… More

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11 Children’s Picture Books That Shatter Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Just as we like to pretend that we live in a post-racial society, many of us want to avoid talking about sexism, stereotypes, and gender inequities. After all, women are CEOs and… More

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What to Do When We See Animal Cruelty on Social Media

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw We share a lot of our lives on social media. Who knew that people would want to document their cruelty to animals as well? Especially lately, there have been numerous instances of… More

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Resources for Integrating Social Justice Into Your Classroom

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy, today, it’s important to remember that, with global challenges growing and violence, injustice, cruelty and destruction flourishing, it’s vital that we address… More

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Solutionary Congress Helps Kids Become Solutionaries for a Better World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw What happens when students focus their learning and passions on real-world problems and on developing positive solutions? They can change the world. The Solutionary Congress idea was created by IHE president Zoe… More

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Don’t Fall Into the Changemaker Trap That Makes People Resist Positive Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 8 Comments | Published on January 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Awhile back I had dinner with some new non-vegan friends and colleagues. I was the only vegan there, and it came out that they’d been a bit concerned that I’d pull out… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Kelle Kersten

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Kelle Kersten has more than 20 years experience as an organic farmer/gardener. Currently Kelle lives and gardens veganically with her husband at their vegan homestead, Ahimsa Village, in the mountains of central… More

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Where Would the Animals Rather Live? The Best and Worst States for Animal Protection Laws

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw We have a long way to go when it comes to universal compassionate and just treatment for nonhuman animals, but as several stories this year have shown, we’re making some positive progress…. More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Islamophobia

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The latest statistics from the FBI note that reported hate crimes have decreased from the previous year. But there are still a lot of hate crimes. And according to the Council on… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Create an Online Petition

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Every day on my Facebook feed and email inbox I see calls for signing petitions. Online petitions are becoming a popular advocacy tool, and sites such as Change.org, MoveOn, Care2 and Avaaz… More