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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 31, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Infusing humane education into classrooms can happen year-round, but how teachers set the stage at the beginning of the year significantly influences the rest of the year. Especially for new teachers, there… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Download an App for a Better World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 27, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw With the proliferation of products, information, and global challenges, we need more tools to help us in our quests to become conscientious citizens and engaged changemakers. Fortunately, websites and smartphone apps focused… More

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Pollinator Power

Written by Shannon Finch | 2 Comments | Published on August 24, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Shannon Finch According to the Pollinator Partnership, “roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.”… More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Climate Change Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on August 20, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spent the most time yet talking about climate change and emphasized that “[N]o challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat… More

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Thinking Critically About Our Beliefs

Written by Zoe Weil | 4 Comments | Published on August 17, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Most of us know how important it is to think critically, and most of us probably think we’re decent critical thinkers. Humane educators in particular pride ourselves on good critical thinking. After… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America”

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

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no economy that needs to be built on the suffering of children.” ~ from the film When we think of the sex trade, we mostly think about women in “foreign”… More

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Uncovering “Truths”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The media is full of “truths” about people and issues. Many of these “truths” are incomplete, inaccurate, biased, misleading, and otherwise lacking context and the bigger picture. As humane educators and changemakers,… More

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9 Resources for Finding Changemaking Jobs

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

by Marsha Rakestraw One of my favorite questions to ask people is what they’d do with their time if money were not an issue. There are a range of responses focused on fun, relaxation, and… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Glenn Kendall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE M.Ed. grad Glenn Kendall is a National Park Service retiree. He has also had a long career working with youth. He was a founding board member of the Unity Charter School, which had the… More

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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