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12 Most Popular Humane Education Activities in 2015

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 28, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the many resources we provide for teachers, activists, and changemakers in our online Resource Center. We offer more than 125 humane education activities for… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Betsy Farrell-Messenger

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

Betsy Farrell-Messenger, IHE certificate graduate, sees the possibilities for the growth of kindness and responsibility. She has been teaching for 21 years. Her focus is the natural sciences, with an emphasis on environmental issues and… More

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Share Your Humane Education Lesson Plan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 7, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE’s online Resource Center offers activities and lesson plans that integrate comprehensive humane education (human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, media, consumerism, culture and changemaking) into a variety of subjects and grade levels. (See our… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Cassandra Scheffman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on September 24, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. graduate Cassandra Scheffman was raised with a love of animals and the natural world. She has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector, taught high school and as an environmental educator, and now works… More

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Humane Education Activity: Wonder Box

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on September 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Start nurturing reverence for nature and a sense of wonder from the first day of school. The Wonder Box is used to hold a collection of various natural found objects (shells, leaves, feathers, rocks, etc.)…. More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Ivy, Mandy, and Liat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on September 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

  Last year Ivy and Liat, students at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, connected with Mandy Schmidt, an IHE M.Ed. student, to develop a humane education summer camp for students in Hefei, China. Ivy (Chang)… More

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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

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

by Marsha Rakestraw Infusing humane education into classrooms can happen year-round, but how teachers set the stage at the beginning of the year significantly influences the rest of the year. Especially for new teachers, there… More

ARKive

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 4, 2015 | Filed under Animal Protection, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science, Websites

ARKive offers information and resources about endangered species, issues related to endangered species (such as climate change, ocean acidification, and habitat loss), and activities and other “fun” resources for young people. More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Mickey Kudia

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 4, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mickey Kudia holds an M.Ed. in Humane Education from IHE and Valparaiso University and a B.S. in Environmental Communication and Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a humane educator and the Chicago program… More

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Resources for (Re)Connecting Kids (and Adults) with Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Research has repeatedly shown that we need regular exposure to the natural world. We’re happier and healthier when we’re connected to the natural world. Studies also show improved cognitive function and stress… More