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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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Teaching Critical Thinking: An Interview with Steve Pearlman

I recently read Steve Pearlman’s excellent new book, America’s Critical Thinking Crisis: the Failure and Promise of Education, and I immediately reached out to him. At the Institute for Humane Education, we share Steve’s conviction that critical thinking is critically important, and we’re thrilled that he offers pedagogical approaches for creating critical thinkers. Steve is…

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How to avoid living with regret

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you have a safe and healthy new year. When I was twenty-three, my beloved father died of cancer. He had battled the disease for five years. My friends knew of my dad’s cancer, but I turned to very…

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Humane Education and Yoga: An Interview with Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed.

Susanna Barkataki is an Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition who supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values. She graduated from our M.Ed. program in 2010, founded Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute, and runs Yoga Teacher Training programs. Last month, her new book, Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your…

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Bringing light to darkness

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you happy holidays. I am writing from my home in the northeasternmost state in the U.S. as Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, approaches. There sure is a lot…

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Education to Save the World: An Interview with Julie Stern

 Julie Stern is the co-founder of Education to Save the World and the best-selling author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary, and the upcoming book Learning that Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World. Her passion is synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free…

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Making Kindness and Meaning Your Goal this Holiday Season

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you happy holidays. Many years ago, my family had the flu on Christmas. We all had high fevers, and our holiday celebrations were summarily cancelled. The best we could do was…

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Bringing Humane Education to Classrooms: An interview with Meena Alagappan, Esq.

Meena Alagappan is the Executive Director of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a nonprofit public charity that is a full-service humane education provider in the NYC, Chicago, and Indianapolis areas. In addition to HEART’s work in these cities, HEART’s free humane education resources are downloaded by thousands of teachers across the U.S. and beyond….

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Bringing Humane Education to Elementary School Children and Graduate Students: An Interview with Dr. Kristine Tucker

Kris Tucker, Ed.D. serves as adjunct faculty in our graduate programs with Antioch University, teaching both elective and required courses, including our course, Building a Solutionary Practice, that prepares our graduate students to be solutionaries and to educate others to be solutionaries. She is also a teacher at Ridge and Valley Charter School in NJ,…

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Feeling Anxious? Turn to Animals During Times of Stress

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! I’m writing this post during the U.S. election week, where uncertain results and unsubstantiated accusations, coupled with rapidly rising rates of and deaths from COVID-19, are unnerving an already anxious nation. While there are many ways to calm ourselves when…

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