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Inspiring Citizens: An Interview with Steve Sostak

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve Sostak founded Inspire Citizens, an independent educational organization working with diverse partners to reimagine schools as thriving community centers of transformative learning. Steve wears many hats in his work with Inspire Citizens. He guides administrative teams on future-focused strategic planning around transformative learning…

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Seeing your epitaph unfold while you’re alive is a recipe for joy and meaning

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Last week, I had the opportunity to experience the power of my epitaph. How is that possible given that I’m not dead yet? It happened because I deliberately wrote my epitaph 10 years ago.  Writing one’s own epitaph isn’t something…

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“Why teach that book? Why teach that? Why teach? Why?” An interview with Mary Pat Champeau, Director of IHE’s Graduate Programs

Mary Pat Champeau is the director of IHE’s graduate programs with Antioch University and serves as our head of faculty as well as the advisor to our students. She is a consummate educator, deep listener, expert in facilitation of online learning, and is beloved at IHE and among our students and graduates. Under Mary Pat’s…

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Our vaccination achievement can inspire us to be solutionary

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Like many people, I became unexpectedly emotional when I received the COVID vaccine. I’d been chatting with the women next to me in the long line snaking toward the entrance to the arena where the vaccines were being administered, feeling…

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Teaching Kindergarteners to be Humane Leaders: An Interview with John Tewksbury, M.Ed.

When John Tewksbury left the military and then a corporate career, he became a Kindergarten teacher and organic farmer. When he came to IHE for his humane education immersion week as part of our M.Ed. program, I kept thinking, “I wish I’d had John as my teacher when I was a child.” Wise, kind, and…

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Why Star Trek compelled me to humiliate myself and why it matters

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. When I was 15 I asked William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, to kiss me. He had given a talk at a Star Trek convention, and when he opened for questions, my hand flew up in the air….

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Peace Education: An Interview with Maya Soetoro and Scott Nishimoto of Ceeds of Peace

How might we proactively create a peaceful society? Dr. Maya Soetoro is the co-founder, and Scott Nishimoto, J.D. is the Executive Director, of Ceeds of Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to raising peacebuilding leaders. Their 3-Part Peacebuilding Workshop Series trains more than 70 adults each year in peacebuilding practices. Their most recent cohort serves 39 Department…

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It’s time to reassess what we teach kids in school

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. The following post is excerpted from the upcoming second edition of The World Becomes What We Teach.  What should we teach students in school? Given the realities of globalization, constantly evolving technologies, rapidly shifting job opportunities, and a planet in peril…

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What’s Wrong With Education and How to Make It Right

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Most people in industrialized countries have experienced thirteen years of formal schooling, so it is not surprising that many consider themselves to be legitimate critics of education. Our feelings about schooling run the gamut. Some believe that if the curriculum…

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Bringing Humane Education to Côte D’Ivoire: An Interview with Toti Yalé

In 2018, IHE had the great privilege to welcome Toti Yalé to our week-long humane education immersion at our campus in Maine. After waiting for many months, Toti received word that his visa had been approved just three days before the start of our program. The next day he was on a plane, and after…

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