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El Animal Más Poderoso Del Mundo

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 25, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Arts, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Cuál es el animal más poderoso y el más peligroso del mundo? ¡Somos nosotros! Conduzca a los estudiantes en una exploración sobre los efectos positivos y negativos que nuestras decisiones tienen sobre el planeta. Recomendado… More

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Moving Beyond “It’s a Personal Choice”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 5 Comments | Published on May 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha  Rakestraw “It’s a personal choice.” If you’ve been a humane educator or changemaker for any length of time, you’ve probably heard those words frequently. You may even have said them yourself. We… More

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An Ocean of Plastic (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on April 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Plastic has become ubiquitous not only in our lives, but in our oceans. Elementary school teacher (and IHE graduate certificate alum) Betsy Farrell-Messenger has created a lesson plan to help younger students think critically about… More

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Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World

by Garth Sundem

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 4, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

It’s easy for kids to look around and see great adults doing great things, but how can kids use their skills to make change? Garth Sundem has put together a collection of 30 stories, chronicling… More

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Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects

by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 4, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

At times, our work as humane educators can seem challenging. Dealing with the issues of the world can bring about intense emotions and even feelings of hopelessness. “Coming Back to Life” (340 pgs) by Joanna… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Insist on Language That Holds Us Accountable

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on March 31, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Mistakes were made….” “Four rioters were killed yesterday….” “Taxes were slashed….” “10 billion land animals were slaughtered….” We see and hear use of the passive voice all the time. And sometimes it’s… More

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Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest

by Anna Branford

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 22, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Violet and Rose love spending time together underneath their favorite oak tree in Clover Park. Together they explore nature and share secrets, enjoying the quiet peacefulness that the natural world has to offer. One day… More

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Civil Discourse Leads to Positive Change: Insults Do Not

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on March 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

This blog post was originally published on Common Dreams. Reposted here under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. by Zoe Weil In the past week I’ve seen a grotesque image of Donald Trump as a… More

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15 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2015

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

by Marsha Rakestraw Happy New Year! 2016 promises to be a year full of enormous changes, and even more opportunities for people to experience humane education and become changemakers and solutionaries. We’re always curious about… More

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Teach Tolerance with the Activity “Judge Not”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

In the wake of more mass murders in Paris, Beirut, and beyond, there are calls for retaliation, for closing borders, for blaming immigrants, Islam as a whole, and more. When we are angry and terrified… More