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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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“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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Student solutionaries in Hawaii: An Interview with Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith, a high school English teacher at Maryknoll School in Hawaii, attended my 2017 keynote presentation at the Schools of the Future conference in Honolulu. Inspired to educate his students to be solutionaries, he took our solutionary professional development course, collaborated with his grade level team, and brought solutionary learning to all of the…

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We need a solutionary generation

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. This post is a short excerpt from the second edition of Zoe’s book, The World Becomes What We Teach, which will be coming out in March, 2021. In the United States the current purpose of schooling is expressed in the mission…

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Pencil Miles: An Interview with Shannon Finch

Shannon Finch is a humane educator, writer, and wildlife photographer who lives with her husband and numerous animal companions on five acres in Stanwood, Washington. She received her M.Ed. through IHE’s graduate program in 2010. Shannon is the founder of AnimalKind Training and works as a certified animal behavior consultant with dogs, cats, equines, and…

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Be part of the solution

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts with you here. Despite the fervent hopes of so many that the dawn of 2021 would quickly turn the page on the traumas of 2020, we should not have been surprised that the year got off to such a dangerous and violent start….

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