About the Institute for Humane Education

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) offers graduate programs, professional learning, and resources for teachers and changemakers looking to create a more just, sustainable, and humane future. IHE believes that educating people to be solutionaries is one of the most effective ways we can address the challenges we face.

Our mission is to educate people to create a world in which all humans, animals, and nature can thrive.

We believe a better world is possible.

We respond to cynicism and hopelessness with evidence-based optimism and with a Solutionary Framework that provides a powerful process for building a just, healthy, and humane future.


Our Theory of Action

IHE is founded on the premise that education is the one system that can change all other societal systems. Any lasting and successful shift in our response to the many societal and environmental challenges we are facing in our world rests with young people and the ways they will think and act in the decades ahead. For that reason, we are dedicated to helping educators and institutions prepare young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be solutionaries and the next caretakers of our planet. We are also committed to helping people of all ages, professions, and walks of life become solutionaries.


Our Values

Our values help to define how we approach our mission as an organization; how we approach one another; and how we work with people and partners throughout the world. As individuals and as an organization, we strive to…

We believe a better world is possible.

We respond to cynicism and hopelessness with evidence-based optimism and with a Solutionary Framework that provides a powerful process for building a just, healthy, and humane future.


Our Team

Our staff, faculty, and board consist of passionate leaders in the humane education space. These voices help make and shape IHE into an ever-evolving, responsive organization. LEARN MORE.

Our Partners

We are fortunate to have the support of many partnership institutions and organizations who work alongside us in driving positive change for animals, people, the environment, and education. They inspire us with their work daily. LEARN MORE.

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Our Programs

Resources for Educators

IHE’s free resources, including our Solutionary Guidebook, lesson and unit plans, and exemplar solutionary modules help teachers bring inspired, solutionary learning into the classroom. LEARN MORE.

Professional Development

Our online Solutionary Micro-Credential supports educators, teacher cohorts, and schools in developing solutionary curriculum in their communities. LEARN MORE.

Graduate Programs

Our M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D, and graduate certificate programs in partnership with Antioch University prepare people to be leaders in humane education in schools, communities, and organizations. LEARN MORE.


Our Goals

To achieve our mission, and in alignment with our organizational values, we have adopted the following 5-year goals:

  • Make Our Solutionary Framework Foundational in schools and institutions
  • Increase the Number and Diversity of Our Graduate Students
  • Promote Social and Racial Justice
  • Increase Demand for IHE’s Offerings and Solutionary Approach
  • Grow Staff and Funding to Support Our Goals

The contributions of generous donors help us achieve these bold goals.


“We look forward to the day when humane education is so deeply embedded in schooling and learning that it will simply be known as “education,” and schools will, as a matter of course, prepare students to be solutionaries who bring their knowledge and skills to bear to solve the challenges we face in ways that are good for all.” 

– IHE President Zoe Weil

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