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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Enrich Experience With Serial Testimony

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 31, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Learning is often much more powerful and meaningful when we’re able to make a personal connection. “Serial testimony” is a useful technique that helps students use their personal experiences as a springboard for making deeper… More

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Clothes, Class and Consequences: Humane Education in Language Arts

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

We start receiving messages about consumerism, class and appearance early on, but rarely do we offer young people an opportunity to examine how some of those cultural messages influence our self-image and choices. Look at… More

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Writing Effective Letters: A Checklist for Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.) I… More

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The Art of Circumlocution and Verbal Evasion: Exploring Euphemisms

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.)  … More

Youth Service America

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Youth Service America (YSA) works with youth, schools and communities to help young people become empowered changemakers for a better world. YSA offers grants and other awards, resources and toolkits for service projects and community… More

ViewChange.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

ViewChange.org “brings together powerful, evidence-based videos that demonstrate progress in global development.” Videos featured include “documentaries, news reports, and viewer-generated films of varying length and style.” Videos are organized into topics such as health, water… More

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8 Videos Exploring Empathy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) Empathy is a key component of… More

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Our Top 13 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2013

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our Resource Center. We offer more than 100 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones often. And… More

In Your Face: Reclaiming Billboards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 30, 2013 | Filed under Arts, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Billboards are omnipresent in most communities and on many roadways. These in-our-face ads can have a powerful influence on us. Students explore issues surrounding billboards and the values billboard ads promote and  design new billboards… More

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8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And when we’re so focused on inspiring others to open their minds and hearts to new ideas in order… More