By Chris Parrucci Humane Education isn’t a subject in school or a fun topic for an after-school program; humane education is a movement. It is a movement that advocates for children, who are more than test scores, more than soon-to-be participants in the workforce. At it’s core, humane education aims
On February 13th, HEART’s Chicago Program Manager, Mickey Kudia, presented a workshop at the bi-annual Critical Teaching in Action Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. This year’s theme for the conference was environmental education and social justice and featured a keynote presentation from Tim Swinehart who co-edited
By Claire Howe Hood River, a small town about an hour east of Portland, Oregon, is home to a very special place, a place where respect for the environment and compassion for animals, human and non-human alike, emanates both freely and purposefully. This place sits quietly on a glittering river,
When you were younger, what were your thoughts about animals? Were you convinced that your pet fish loved you? Or thought that certain animals like snakes and black cats were evil? As children and even as adults, we hold many assumptions about animals. Assumptions are beliefs we hold even though
By Jeannie Russell One of the challenges humane educators face in creating curricula and programming for general education settings is introducing students to meaningful human rights, environmental ethics, and animal welfare topics that are also politically or socially sensitive. Our focus on expanding compassion to all beings necessarily highlights the
By Kristina Hulvershorn At a recent training, I was reminded why I have pushed so hard to bridge my two worlds of humane education and social emotional learning. In this school, situated in a neighborhood with one of Indianapolis’ highest crime rates, teachers received a complete Tribes training to prepare
By Claire Howe A few months ago, HEART joined forces with Oregon Humanities to host Portland’s first “Conversation Project” focused on humane education. Oregon Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is on a mission to “connect Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities”.
For the first time ever, HEART recently allowed students to take over their social media for an entire day. The students wrote a blog, Facebook posts, and Twitter tweets regarding an issue that concerned them. This social media campaign was a culminating project for their Human Rights course, an elective