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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Molly Volanth Hall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 12, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

  IHE M.Ed. graduate Molly Volanth Hall grew up in an urban neighborhood in the Boston area. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a degree in English and a minor in history, where she… More

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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Resources for Making and Finding More Meaningful, Ethical Work

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 5, 2016 | 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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Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on August 29, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the door until someone answers, and then I grab them by the shirt and scream at… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a new activist in my late teens, I yelled at people. I used unkind language. I tried to shame them and argue them into changing their behaviors. I had… More

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Podcasts for Humane Educators and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Podcasts have become wildly popular. We can find one on nearly every topic, and new podcasts launch every week. We listen to them when we run, on our commutes, while we’re waiting in line. And… More

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Following My Path to Humane Education

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on August 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Melissa Andrews Awakening to My Love of All Animals As a child growing up on a farm in rural Maine, it was abundantly clear to me, from very early on, that the animals who… More

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The Struggle: A Black Mother’s Perspective

Written by Guest Blogger | No Comments | Published on August 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by CKrystal Stokes I was at Walgreens after my children’s gymnastics classes, when I ran into a friend near the freezer section. We immediately embraced, her long curly locks meeting my short afro; a meeting… More