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Resources for Reflecting on Anger and Activism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular axiom: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!” Anger tends to be a frequent companion of activists and changemakers. When we learn about suffering, injustice, and destruction, we… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Molly Volanth Hall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 12, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

  IHE M.Ed. graduate Molly Volanth Hall grew up in an urban neighborhood in the Boston area. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a degree in English and a minor in history, where she… More

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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Resources for Making and Finding More Meaningful, Ethical Work

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 5, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw One of my favorite questions to ask people is what they’d do with their time if money were not an issue. There are a range of responses focused on fun, relaxation, and… More

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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 1, 2016 | 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,… More

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Podcasts for Humane Educators and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Podcasts have become wildly popular. We can find one on nearly every topic, and new podcasts launch every week. We listen to them when we run, on our commutes, while we’re waiting in line. And… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Anne Ward

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on August 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Anne Ward lives on the Dog River in Berlin, Vermont. She says, “Most of my career so far has been spent in animal welfare and sheltering. Recent years have seen a slow… More

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Following My Path to Humane Education

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on August 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Melissa Andrews Awakening to My Love of All Animals As a child growing up on a farm in rural Maine, it was abundantly clear to me, from very early on, that the animals who… More

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The Struggle: A Black Mother’s Perspective

Written by Guest Blogger | No Comments | Published on August 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by CKrystal Stokes I was at Walgreens after my children’s gymnastics classes, when I ran into a friend near the freezer section. We immediately embraced, her long curly locks meeting my short afro; a meeting… More

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Keeping Everyone in the Lifeboat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular thought experiment involving a lifeboat, a dog, and one or more humans. The discussion is basically an either/or: the human(s) or the dog – who gets tossed overboard? As… More