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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 31, 2015 | 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, there… More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Climate Change Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on August 20, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spent the most time yet talking about climate change and emphasized that “[N]o challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat… More

Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 28, 2015 | Filed under Communication, Education, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Created and maintained by educator Frank W. Baker, the Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers lesson plans, resources, and more to help educators teach K-12 students media literacy skills and help them think critically about media issues. More

Welcoming Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Welcoming Schools, which is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, offers lessons, resources, and other tools for educators and parents on topics related to family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender, and… More

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5 Sources for Social Justice Songs

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 21, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Music has always played a powerful role in social change. Songs about humane issues offer historical context; literary, ethical and cultural insights; and inspiration for positive action. And music is a potentially… 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

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I Am a Humane Educator: Gypsy Wulff

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 18, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Teaching has been a part of Gypsy Wulff’s life for almost four decades. An alum of IHE’s online courses, Gypsy, who lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, has worked in primary schools, trained teachers, and has… 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