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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating a World That Works for All: An Interview with Shariff Abdullah

Dr. Shariff Abdullah is a consultant, author, and advocate for mindfulness, inclusivity, and societal transformation. Shariff’s meta-vision and mission are simple: we can create a world that works for all beings. Shariff promotes heart-centered inclusivity, compassionate dialogue, and a society based on vision. His work is informed by his spiritual practices; growing up with racism…

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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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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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