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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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Refinding Nature

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on April 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a form of nature observation in which I sat quietly and observed a small window of… 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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Sowing Hope, One Tree at a Time

Written by Shannon Finch | No Comments | Published on March 30, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Shannon Finch Two summers ago while painting the outside of my house, the sound of chainsaws from the property behind us jolted me from my reverie. My horses ran in panicked circles as a… 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