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Fostering Kindness, Graduating Solutionaries: An Interview with Zoe Weil

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 18, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How can we foster kinder, more humane behavior? What does it mean to be kind if your choices cause others to suffer? Where should students’ brain space go? IHE president Zoe Weil addresses these issues… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books about Human Rights Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every human being has rights. From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, each of us – woman, child, and man – has certain rights that… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Our Expectations of Students Matter

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

Numerous studies have shown that when educators expect more of their students, they get more; and the reverse is also true. Our expectations of our students come through in our language, our behavior, and in… More

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Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World

by Janet Wilson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 11, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

This book offers brief profiles of children around the world who are working to help people in need, including other children.  Examples include Nujood from Yemen, who speaks out about child marriage; Hanwood from South… More

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Running Shoes

by Fredrick Lipp

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 11, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Every year the “numbers man” comes to Sophy’s village to count the residents. This year he notices Sophie, whose family is very poor, admiring his running shoes. When a pair of running shoes arrives for… More

Animal Law Resource Center

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 4, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

The Animal Law Resource Center “provides access to legislation and legal matters pertaining to animals and the law.” In addition to offering news stories about animal issues, the website includes searchable databases for legislation, case… More

Map Your World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 4, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Language Arts, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Inspired by the documentary “The Revolutionary Optimists” Map Your World offers a curriculum and resources to help teachers empower their students to explore local and global issues that matter, to write surveys, collect data, and… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lauren Allison

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Lauren Allison, who earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education, teaches middle school English at a school in Porter, Indiana. She discovered humane education while looking for options to complete… More

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Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 8, 2014 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

“Ecoliterate” is a well-written, inspiring, and motivating book designed to help teachers build “on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today’s most important ecological issues.” The authors focus on four main issues:… More

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Teacher’s Talk Seeds Solutionary Club

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

Teacher Jenny Novoselsky has been so inspired by what she’s learned about humane education, including during IHE’s recent Summer Institute, that she decided to give a talk at her school. During Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s… More