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Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what inspires or prevents them from forming new habits and making certain choices. It’s also essential that we know… More

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Refinding Nature

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on April 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a form of nature observation in which I sat quietly and observed a small window of… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed choices aligned with their values, it’s equally vital that we do so in a way… More

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Exending Empathy, Even When It’s Most Difficult

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan As a freshman in college, I took a class in the education department at Indiana University called Introduction to Exceptional Children. Although the class mostly feels like a distant memory, I… More

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Ode to the Third Side

Written by Lexie Greer | 2 Comments | Published on February 4, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lexie Greer Watching the news these days often leaves me restless and down. Jaded language, biased views, a plethora of misconstrued facts and figures. We are bombarded with either/or thinking in all things: good/bad,… More

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WebSpotlight: Animals and Media Style Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 29, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

The ways in which we talk about and portray nonhuman animals greatly influences how we think about animals and our relationships with them. Using she, he or it. Saying owner vs. guardian. Referring to them… More

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Creating the Season of Compassionate Alchemy

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | No Comments | Published on December 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

This is the time of year when we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, the winter solstice, or any other number of spiritual observances that focus our attention on the return of light, of hope, of integrity,… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Three Myths of Behavior Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on September 22, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Did you know that the greatest adversary to change is common sense? That’s what sociology professor Jeni Cross says in her TEDx talk, “Three Myths of Behavior Change: What You Think You Know That You… More

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Do Your Students See Themselves (and Others) in Your Classroom?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When school resumes this fall, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” according to the latest figures from the National Center for… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: Eight Year Old Shows How to “Make Lemons into Lemonade”

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

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For May, in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week (May 4-10), we’re posting about animal protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think… More