Teaching for a Positive Future 1 is our six-week online course for classroom teachers who want to inspire their students to become leaders and changemakers—for creating a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world.
From thoughtful and inspiring course exercises, to the dynamic conversations with fellow participants, to mentoring from you course instructor—you’ll find the support and motivation you need to teach valuable critical and creative thinking skills about our global challenges. You learn how to help students nurture connection and embrace responsibility so that they can become solutionaries for a better world.
During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- increase your own knowledge of humane education topics and explore issues that may be somewhat new to you.
- gain ideas and strategies for bringing the humane education lens to your life and work.
- design lessons to incorporate humane education into your teaching and bring humane education issues to your students in creative ways that help inspire positive action in your school, community, and beyond.
- connect with other humane educators passionate about bringing the humane/solutionary lens to their classrooms and communities.
- create a new humane education lesson, project or other way of teaching.
Is a Teaching for a Positive Future Course Right for Me?
- you regularly create curricula
- you regularly work with one or more classes of “students” (of whatever age)
Should I take Teaching for a Positive Future 1 or 2?
Teaching for a Positive Future 1 is best for you if:
- You are new to humane education and global ethical issues.
- You are new to teaching.
- You don’t know where to start in integrating humane education into your teaching.
Teaching for a Positive Future 2 is best for you if:
- You have some experience integrating humane education issues (e.g., human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, media and culture) into your classroom and curriculum and/or you have taken our online course Teaching for a Positive Future 1.
- You seek more advanced knowledge and strategies for infusing humane education into your teaching.
- You’re ready to take humane education beyond your classroom.
July 7 – Aug. 16, 2014
Oct. 6 – Nov. 14, 2014
Individual registration for this course is $150.
We also offer a special rate of $125 for IHE Graduate Program alumni, and a group rate of $125 per person for two or more educators registering from the same school or organization.
Members of APHE (the Association for Professional Humane Educators) receive a special discount of 25 percent off the individual course fee. Inquire at email@example.com
A limited number of scholarships is available. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will refund your registration, minus a $25 administration fee, if you cancel more than seven days before the course session begins. IHE is unable to grant refunds for cancellations after that date.
If you find you cannot participate in the session of the course for which you have registered, you have until the Friday of the first week of the course session to let us know and transfer to another scheduled session of the course or to one of IHE’s other online courses. After that time, we cannot offer you a transfer. The transfer must be made to a course that is scheduled within nine months of the current course session, and there is a limit of one transfer per course. There is an additional $20 course book fee if you transfer to a different online course.
For more information, email us at info@HumaneEducation.org.
Meet Your Instructor
I come from a long line of educators, and even though I had no intention of becoming a teacher, I discovered that teaching is in my blood. Throughout my professional evolution, you can see the commonalities: helping people learn new knowledge and skills and connecting them with their needs and interests; inspiring others to positive action. And learning—always learning. Again and again I return to teaching and learning and the power they hold to empower and free others.
Marsha Rakestraw is the director of online courses and education resources at the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and a member of the online course faculty. She has taught at the pre-K through graduate levels, and her experience includes teaching high school language arts, working as a school media specialist and more than a decade as a youth librarian. She has taught several sessions of all of IHE’s online courses, has created or revised several courses and regularly leads humane education workshops.
Marsha has a B.F.A. in dance, a B.A. in English and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University. She received her certificate in humane education from IHE in 2005 and has been on the IHE staff since 2007.
She lives in a co-housing community Portland, Ore., with her beloved husband and swimming-obsessed dog.