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Book cover: The Red PencilBook cover: The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 7, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “The Red Pencil” (309 pgs), Amira Bright is a young girl living in South Darfur with her mother, Muma, her father, Dando, and her little sister, Leila. Amira knows little of the devastation perpetrated… More

Book cover: Brown Girl DreamingBook cover: Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 7, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Elementary, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963. In “Brown Girl Dreaming” (320 pgs) Woodson uses free verse to tell her story. Raised in South Carolina and New York in the midst… More

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October Mourning

by Lesea Newman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 5, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

On October 6, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was gay, was lured into a truck, driven out to the country, and viciously beaten. He was tied to a fence and left to… More

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Submit Your Artistic or Literary Work About Social Justice in Education

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Art and literature are powerful tools for social change. If you’re a classroom humane educator who is passionate about using words and images to explore social justice education, check out this call for submissions for… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Spoken Word Poem on “Hipster Racism”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 21, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Despite what many white people would like to believe — and what the mainstream media says is so — racism and white privilege are still alive and well. And it’s an important issue that we… More

Enter the Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 15, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

The U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and the National Center for Creative Aging are all sponsoring the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. (This year has been designated… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Rethinking Short

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 31, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

“He told me I’m not allowed to angry. ‘Cause I’m white. I’m a male. And I’m straight. But he overlooked the fact that I’m very, very SHORT!” So begins the terrific spoken word performance by… More