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I Am a Humane Educator: Karen Patterson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. graduate Karen Patterson works as the director of humane education for the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she built their humane education program from scratch. Karen spent 10… More

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A Solutionary Spin on Character Education

Written by Megan Pincus Kajitani | 2 Comments | Published on January 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Megan Pincus Kajitani When my kids’ Montessori teacher asked me last fall to teach a character education curriculum to their K-3 class, I enthusiastically accepted. As a humane educator, I see character building… More

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Positive, Practical Action

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 7, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Last September saw hundreds of thousands of people around the world take action to address climate change via the People’s Climate March, including more than 300,000 people marching in New York City. The last couple… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Chained”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 30, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw and Lauren Allison In the book “Chained” by Lynne Kelley (2012), in order to help his sick sister and to protect his mother from an abusive employer, Hastin gets a job as… More

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Featured Resource: “The Milk of Birds”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In “The Milk of Birds” by Sylvia Whitman (363 pgs), K.C. is a young American girl struggling to find her place and to deal with her learning disability. Nawra… More

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Resources for Raising Compassionate Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Raising thriving, kind children who take delight in making choices that help people, animals, and the earth is a joy. But in today’s world, with a culture steeped in violence and consumerism, it’s also a… 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

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My Chemical Mountain

by Corina Vacco

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources, Science

“I am hungry for revenge.” Jason lives on the edge of Chemical Mountain (a landfill), on the banks of Two Mile Creek – a creek so contaminated with chemicals from the giant Marino Chem company… More

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The Milk of Birds

by Sylvia Whitman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Communication, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “The Milk of Birds” (363 pgs), K.C. is a young American girl struggling to find her place and to deal with her learning disability. Nawra is a pregnant 14-year-old rape victim who lives in… More

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Bear Market

by Michele Martin Bossley

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science

When Robyn, Nick, and Trevor are volunteering at the zoo, they learn that bears are being poached near their hometown to steal their gallbladders – which are sometimes used in alternative medicines. The three decide… More