HEART offers classroom presentations and workshops to empower classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills to integrate humane education into daily academic lessons, both independently and through co-teaching with our humane educators.
This spring HEART and the UFT Humane Education Committee will be offering a 36-hour After School Professional Development course for grade K-5 teachers. Schoolteachers will learn to enhance student science and literacy skills while increasing knowledge of humane topics, including companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals, humane literature, environmental issues and human rights. Participation in the course qualifies towards a salary differential. Click here for more information.
We are also presently collaborating with the Animal Law and Law in Public Service Committees of the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section on a public interest project to provide humane education instruction to elementary school students. The ABA, with HEART’s assistance, is using our Humane Living Program curriculum on animal protection issues designed for 4th-5th grade students to train volunteer attorneys and law students to become teachers in humane education. HEART co-authored an extensive humane education training manual with the ABA that is being distributed to volunteers as part of HEART’s training workshops to teach these lessons. This joint public service project was piloted in DC and NYC in the spring 2009 where we conducted successful trainings. We will expand the geographical reach of this service project over time.
In addition, HEART conducted a half-day teacher training workshop at the United Federation of Teachers conference in NYC. We introduced educators to our programs and lessons and showed them engaging ways to teach students about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. We demonstrated how these activities and lessons can be easily infused into various subjects, including social studies, English language arts, mathematics and science.
We welcome requests from individual schools in the NYC area to provide training to their teachers in humane education and we offer such trainings at no cost to schools. If you are an educator or administrator who would like such a professional development workshop at your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also partner with agencies that share similar missions and sponsor their humane education presentations. For example, HEART sponsored a two-day Sowing Seeds teacher training workshop, which was conducted by the Institute for Humane Education (www.humaneeducation.org).
HEART offers various consulting services. We provide administrators and educators with individual assistance and guidance in implementing humane education into school curricula. We receive requests for information on humane education instruction and evaluation from teachers who have participated in the Humane Living Program and from educators who have learned of our programs. HEART shares its Humane Living Program curriculum content with interested educators, answers questions and offers guidance, and also directs teachers to humane education sites and specialists.