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Inspiring Changemakers with the Rethink Challenge

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the most powerful aspects of humane education is its focus on positive solutions. Educating students about global challenges is important, but it’s the integration of connection, creativity, critical thinking, and creating solutions that… More

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Mallory Goes Green

by Laurie Friedman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 13, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science

As a member of Fern Falls Elementary’s Environmental Committee, Mallory takes the job of “going green” very seriously. But will friends and family enjoy getting ticketed for wasteful behavior as Mallory works to make the… More

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Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 13, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

When Sylvia Mendez and her family move to Westminster, California, and try to enroll in the neighborhood school, Sylvia’s parents are told “Your children have to go to the Mexican school.” The only reason given?… More

United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 8, 2014 | Filed under Education, Humane Education, Resources, Science, Websites

The United Federation of Teachers’ Humane Education Committee (UFT/HEC) offers professional development opportunities and teaching resources for preK-12 educators who are passionate about inspiring students to be committed citizens and leaders. Their goal is “to… More

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 11, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Education, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book “Half the Sky” explores perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation of our time: the horrific abuse of women and girls, primarily in developing countries. It is easy in… More

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4 Resources for Greening Your Schoolyard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America

by Tyson Miller, ed.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Dream of a Nation” is a book and project to increase awareness and inspire action around a variety of social, environmental, and democratic issues. The book is divided into 12 sections, each exploring a core… More

IndyKids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

IndyKids is a free newspaper for kids focused on engaging “young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for… More

Foundation for Critical Thinking

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Resources, Websites

This organization focuses on the importance of teaching and learning critical thinking skills to help us all become better citizens and problem solvers. The site includes suggested resources, professional development opportunities for educators, tips for… More

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Gay-Straight Alliances Improve School Culture, Help Prevent Suicide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

According to a new study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (h/t to Alternet), Canadian schools that have longer-standing (three years or more) gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and/or anti-homophobic bullying policies… More