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Embracing Our Heartbreak to Find Our Solutionary Paths

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 16, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Part of the purpose and joy of humane education is in helping others find their path as solutionaries. Often we ask people passionate about creating a better world to reflect on questions like these to… More

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Amanda Palmer: The Power of Trust and Asking for Help (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

At its core humane education (and changemaking) is about communication and connection. It’s about building relationships. In a fabulous TED talk, artist and musician Amanda Palmer discusses the new relationship between artist and fan and… More

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Humane Education Activity: Give Gender Bias the Flip

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 5, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

There’s a theory held by a lot of advertisers, media producers and others, that boys don’t like what girls like and that girls sometimes like what boys like (at least media-wise) but want their own… More

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Submit Your Artistic or Literary Work About Social Justice in Education

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Art and literature are powerful tools for social change. If you’re a classroom humane educator who is passionate about using words and images to explore social justice education, check out this call for submissions for… More

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Solutionaries Spotlight: Redefining Beauty for People with Differences

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Western society has a pretty specific definition of beauty, which often wreaks havoc on the emotional and physical lives of women of all ages. We hear messages about being beautiful just like we are; we… More

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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 26, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources

This book is narrated by Ivan, a gorilla who was captured as a baby in Africa and has lived much of his life in a mall, a living exhibit for humans to gape at through… More

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On Our Must-Read List: The One and Only Ivan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We haven’t read it yet, so we can’t recommend it, but 2013 Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins 2012) is definitely on our must-read list. This book is narrated… More

Thinking about Death Prompts us To Live our Lives with Greater Meaning

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection, Uncategorized

In this powerful and moving TED talk, Candy Chang shares her New Orleans community’s most fervent wishes. Candy converted an abandoned, graffiti-covered building into a chalkboard wall with these words, “Before I die I want… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: A Bullied Boy Builds Beauty From Pain in “To This Day”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on February 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

All I can say is Wow. Watch this. Share it. And use it in your classroom to spark discussion, reflection, and positive action. ~ Marsha Like our blog? Please share it with others, comment, and/or… More

The World’s Most Powerful Animal

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 15, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Who’s the most dangerous AND the most powerful animal? We are! Lead students on an exploration of the positive and negative impacts our choices have on the planet. Recommended for grades 2 through 5. Time:… More