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Community Outreach Crew Helps Nuture Student Changemakers

Written by Betsy Farrell-Messenger | No Comments | Published on May 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Betsy Farrell-Messenger The way schooling is designed today can be challenging for youth, with competing priorities such as testing, sports, homework, and extra-curricular activities — all of which create different stresses. Students are… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: We Need More Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 10, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Here are three major truths we know about nature: 1. It’s really good for us. Numerous studies demonstrate the many benefits of kids being out in the natural world, including this recent… More

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Educating a Generation of Solutionaries

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by  Zoe Weil The consequences of continuing to pursue our current educational path include more disengaged children, more demoralized teachers, and the likely escalation of grave global challenges because young people will graduate ill… More

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We Must Develop Truly Solutionary Solutions

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on February 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil If you conduct a web search for “kid heroes” you’ll discover wonderful children doing great things. It is inspiring to read their stories, learn about their generosity, and know that kindness and… More

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Northwoods Elementary Students Become Solutionaries for a Better World

Written by Elizabeth Crawford | No Comments | Published on June 15, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. “Do you think our garden will help bees pollinate fruits and vegetables?” a second grader from Northwoods Elementary (Jacksonville, NC) asked excitedly. On Friday, May 15, Northwoods broke ground on… More

YC Teen

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 8, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Language Arts, Magazines, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Youth Communication (YC) Teen “publishes true stories by teens” in New York City. Topics include social justice, health, identity, and more. Several of the stories are accompanied by lesson plans to help teachers bring these… 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

Start Empathy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 2, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Education, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is focused on infusing empathy into schools so that “every child masters empathy.” The website includes a free online course, a toolkit, resources, tips, and more for helping build… More

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Resources to Help Students Think Critically

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 22, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Critical thinking isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a vital skill that’s in demand by employers and central to a meaningful education. Students need to be able to find and assess accurate, credible information; to dive… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Students Need to Be Solutionaries

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on January 7, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE guest blogger Amanda Schmit is an IHE M.Ed. student. She says, “Through IHE I am hopeful that I will get to share my passion for the Earth and all its creatures with future students,… More