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If You Want to Create Change, Focus on Systems

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and each week we’ll be sharing her PT blog posts here. Enjoy! I became a humane educator more than 30 years ago, teaching about interconnected environmental, human rights, and animal protection issues in order to inspire deeper empathy, better critical thinking, and more ethical behavior among my students….

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Blog: Kim Korona

Humane Education in Action: A Conversation with Solutionary and IHE Alumna – Kim Korona

Kim Korona is a graduate of IHE’s M.Ed. program and serves as the Senior Program Director at HEART, a non-profit education organization. In addition to being an extraordinary humane educator in the classroom, Kim develops curricula and educational resources that promote compassion, critical thinking, and empowerment through topics related to animal protection, environmental ethics, and…

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Why being vegan is logical

Why Being Vegan is Logical, Humane, and Easier Than Ever

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! Thirty years ago I became vegan. I’d long since stopped eating meat, which was challenging enough as a lover of steak, chicken, bacon, and lamb chops, but what would I put in my tea if not…

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Blog: Maddie Krasno

Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary: An Interview with Maddie Krasno, Graduate Student in IHE’s M.A. Program

Maddie Krasno is the San Francisco Bay Area Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary and a graduate student in IHE’s M.A. program. We spoke with her about her work at Farm Sanctuary and the free environmental education curriculum she helped develop for classroom teachers. IHE: You’ve produced an environmental education curriculum for teachers. Can you tell…

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Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action

Most people consider empathy—the ability to share and understand the feelings of others —a good thing. Teachers often reach out to us at the Institute for Humane Education for help educating their students to be more empathetic. They recognize that academic education isn’t enough to produce healthy classrooms, let alone to prepare youth to be motivated and engaged citizens who…

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Blog: Kathleen Tate

I Am a Humane Educator: Kathleen Tate, Training the Next Generation of Educators

by Institute for Humane Education Kathleen J. Tate, Ph.D., is a professor and program director of teaching programs at American Public University System (APUS). She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Online Learning Research and Practice, formerly known as the Internet Learning journal, published by Policy Studies Organization and the American Public University System. Kathleen…

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Blog: Creating the Space for Conversations

Creating the Space for Conversations With Young People About Compassion for Others

by Abby Power Can we have an open dialogue with our children and students about what is happening in the world today? I say yes! Children have an extraordinary capacity for critical thinking when given the opportunity to practice it. I have found that there are three main areas that help in creating a space…

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Windows and Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors: Ensuring Students See Themselves and Others in Literature

by Cathy Potter In 1990, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop published an essay about the importance of providing young readers with diverse books that reflect the “multicultural nature of the world” in which we live. In the essay, Dr. Bishop coined the phrase “Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors” to explain how children see themselves in…

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Defining Your Purpose as a Teacher

by Zoe Weil At the beginning of the teachers’ workshops I lead, I often facilitate an activity that invites participants to reflect upon their true mission as educators. Their personal missions always differ from the US Department of Education’s, which is “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and…

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17 Resources for Teaching About Food Waste

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day, we’re teaching kids that food is trash.” ~ Jonathan Bloom Our school food systems in the US are not set up to minimize waste or encourage healthy habits. Students are often rushed at lunchtime, may have unappetizing food options, may be given (or take) much more food than they’ll eat,…

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