LINKS TO USEFUL WEB SITES FOR HUMANE EDUCATION
Please note: HEART acknowledges that human, animal, and environmental issues are all interrelated and connected, as well as the fact that humans are members of the animal kingdom. We have separated these links into main topics to simply help you find what you are looking for more easily.
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Association of Professional Humane Educators – professional organization for educators who promote humane attitudes towards people, animals, and the environment.
Bridges of Respect – provides Humane Education presentations on animals and the environment for schools, places of worship and community groups in the Twin Cities metro area).
Circle of Compassion – explores peaceable choices for the planet and all who share it. Offers humane education presentations for 6-12 th grades, college students, and adult audiences.
Empathy Project – offers educational presentations that focus on inspiring empathy and provides resources on animal, environmental, and cultural issues for grades 6 through college in the Chicago and San Francisco areas.
GlobalIssues.org – examines global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are interrelated. The issues discussed range from trade, poverty and globalization to geopolitics, the environment, biodiversity and animal conservation.
Healing Earth – offers series of workshops in Rhode Island area promoting caring, respect and responsibility for all living beings, all cultures and the environment.
Humane Society of the United States Youth – Humane Society Youth serves as the youth education affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and works to educate young people about kindness and respect for all animals and their natural habitats, activate youth in efforts to protect animals, and provide teaching materials, professional development, and other support to teachers and humane educators.
Institute for Associated Lifelong Learning – interrelating people, nonhuman animals, and the earth through education.
Institute for Humane Education – dedicated to creating lasting social change through compassionate choices for the Earth, other species and all people. Promotes comprehensive humane education through distance learning certificate and degree programs, workshops, and publications.
National Humane Education Society- fostering a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.
Seeds for Change Humane Education – A project of In Defense of Animals, Seeds for Change seeks to undermine all forms of exploitation and oppression by inviting individuals to explore their most deeply held beliefs about themselves, other cultures, other species and the planet. Offers presentations for 6-12 th grades, college students, and adult audiences in the San Diego area.
United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee – Developing Empathy and Responsibility in Students for Animals and the Environment – Grades Pre-Kindergarten to Twelve
Roots & Shoots – the Jane Goodall Institute’s international environmental and humanitarian program for young people. Its mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for the environment, animals and the human community. All Roots & Shoots members, from pre-K to university, demonstrate their care and concern for living things through service projects in their communities.
All One Heart – “Diversity Tolerance Education”
Anti-Slavery International – international human rights organization working exclusively against slavery and related abuses. The website has great pages for resources and links.
ASCD Portal for Character Education. Limited offering of resources from ASCD.
Center for Commercial Free Public Education – addresses the issue of commercialism in our public schools. The Center provides support to students, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens organizing across the US to keep their schools commercial-free and community-controlled.
Center for Social and Emotional Education – providing social and emotional tools that help transform problems into opportunities.
Character Education Partnership (CEP)- an organization committed to developing civic virtue and moral character in our youth for a more compassionate and responsible society.
Citizens for Healthy Options In Children’s Education (CHOICE) – nutritional information lesson plans and activities, as well as resources that can assist you in improving nutrition education and meals in your school.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – works to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education from pre-school through high school.
Educators For Social Responsibility – ESR’s mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world.
FUTURE CORPS – the youth of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk creating and implementing projects that will improve the lives of everyone in their communities. Spearheaded by Newsday.
Global Hunger Alliance – an international coalition of non-profit, non-governmental organizations united in support of effective, ethical, equitable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to hunger and malnutrition.
Human Rights Education Association (HREA) – dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.
The HRE Library contains over 1000 full-text guides, curricula, textbooks and other documents that can be used for both formal and non-formal education in human rights.
Human Rights Internet (HRI) – HRI is a leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community.
Human Rights Internet YOUTH Center – space is for young people, to help them find what THEY are looking for on human rights!!
Human Rights Watch – dedicated to protecting the human rights of people throughout the world. It also tracks developments in more than 70 countries on its comprehensive website where information is organized by geographical region.
Evershed.com – Feminist and humanist artist, Jane Evershed is renowned for her socially conscious art.
Kids Can Free the Children – a unique international youth organization that empowers young people through representation, leadership and action. Kids Can Free the Children has become the largest network of children helping children in the world with over 100,000 youth involved in more than 35 countries.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) – NCSS strengthens and supports social studies education and helps teachers create effective citizens.
Pay It Forward Foundation – Pay It Forward is a book, but it’s also an idea. It’s an action plan within a work of fiction. But does it have to be fiction?
People’s Decade of Human Rights Education – a site dedicated to human rights learning for social and economic change.
Racism and Oppression – a wide range of articles about racism and related links.
Sweatshop Watch – serves low-wage workers nationally and globally, with a focus on eliminating sweatshop exploitation in California’s garment industry. The website has an excellent resource page with links to organizations, books, reports, videos, and information and action kits.
Teaching Tolerance – supports the efforts of K-12 teachers and other educators to promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity – an excellent and innovative site.
United Nations Cyber School bus – created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers.
World Wise Schools – Peace Corps’ World Wise Schools is an innovative education program that seeks to engage US students in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others.
American Humane Association – organizes national conferences on humane education issues, focusing mainly on companion animals.
Animaland – the ASPCA’s web site for kids. Games, stories, contests, and lots of information on animals.
The Animal Spirit. A site devoted to Human Education. Recommends concepts that should be covered when teaching humane education.
ASPCA Online Catalog of Educational Resources – This valuable resource features materials that help foster humane attitudes and promote responsible pet care. Among the offerings, you’ll find ASPCA-approved pet care books and videos, standards-based classroom aids, educational flyers, bookmarks and guides for animal shelters. Also check out the ASPCA Education section, with tons of resources for educators.
Animalearn – works to foster an awareness of and respect for the interests of animals in education and to eliminate the use of animals in education through the use of alternative methods. Animalearn provides teachers and students with viable alternatives to dissection and vivisection in the classroom through their alternatives to dissection lending library, The Science Bank: Education for the Future. In addition, Animalearn provides humane education books and materials, and provides a whole host of resources for the humane educator.
Animals In the Classroom – from the Humane Society International (HSI) Australian Office
ASPCA Humane Education – children’s bibliography, activities and resources
BARK! – an electronic newsletter for educators to help integrate humane education into your classroom or community organization – from the British Columbia SPCA.
Compassionate Action Institute – promotes humane education in order to increase awareness and encourages compassionate action in order to relieve animal suffering.
The Elephant Sanctuary – provides a natural haven for old, sick or needy elephants and provides education about the crisis facing these fascinating creatures. In addition to a wealth of information and pictures of the Asian elephants, the site also offers “live feed.” See Tarra, Jenny, Shirley, Bunny, Sissy, and Winkie in “real” time!
Enchanted Learning: Animal Printouts – provides excellent information and printouts for elementary students on hundreds of animals. Label and “quiz” printouts also available. Try using the “quiz” printout as an Internet activity by having students read throughout the site to find the answers. Students can even color a variety of animal pictures online.
Farm Sanctuary – established America’s premier farm animal shelters and waged effective campaigns to stop farm animal cruelty. If you live in the area, a tour of Farm Sanctuary would make a great field trip! They also have excellent humane education materials available for grades K-12!
Froguts – An amazing online virtual dissection of a frog.
Helpsleddogs – asks teachers to not promote the Iditarod or use Iditarod lesson plans and websites. Find out why.
Humane Education Network (HEN) - seeks to inform the public on animal issues and to win support for reforms that will protect animals.
Kids Planet – an excellent site for elementary and middle school students from Defenders of Wildlife. The Teacher’s Table contains a comprehensive Sea Otter Unit and Wolf Curriculum. Also has fact sheets on over 60 animals and great learning activities and games for students.
Kinship Circle – a letters-for-animals service. Its primary mission: To generate sample letters to legislators, businesses, and the media that address a broad spectrum of animal cruelty/protection issues. When teaching your students letter writing, have them write something meaningful or use this resource to help a club or class start a letter writing campaign to help animals.
The Latham Foundation – a clearinghouse for information about: Humane issues and activities; The human companion animal bond (HCAB); Animal-assisted therapy; The connections between child and animal abuse and other forms of violence. Producer and distributor of affordable videos and publications on these topics.
League of Humane Voters of New York City – This organization effectively mobilizes public concern for animals amongst citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives all over the city.
National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) – promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational programs based on respected ethical and scientific theory and supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection. NAVS has developed the Dissection Alternatives Loan Program to provide students, educators–even entire school–with effective state-of-the-art alternative models and computer programs to substitute for the use of once-live animals in classroom dissection exercises.
ReadPlay – provides on-line storytellings with renowned musician, Tom Chapin. ALL children love true stories about real living animals. ReadPlay also provides creative activities, word games, opportunities to chat with authors and illustrators, and the opportunity for children to be published.
SAGA – (Student’s Animal Guardian Alliance)- Assists animal welfare clubs in their goals to promote a more humane society. It has an interactive site that allows students to take part in a larger community. Students have the ability to learn from the resources SAGA has to offer as well as from the experiences of other students around the country.
A World On Thin Ice (RiverDeep Current – July 2, 2002) – We hear much about it these days, but just how serious is the Greenhouse Effect and global warming? How will it affect the Earth, and our lives? Take the polar bear. This news story for students points out the alarming and potentially life-threatening dangers occurring with the polar bear on the Arctic ice caps. With their habitat lethally threatened, scientists and researchers are starting to see polar bear populations already dwindling. Your students will find much for discussion, as well as math exercises with graphs, data, and percentages.
Center for Environmental Education Online – A dynamic resource for educators and students, founded by Jayni and Chevy Chase. The site contains curricula on topics ranging from the water cycle to sustainable economics, an online newsletter full of environmental education information including upcoming events and grant opportunities, and breaking news about environmental issues.
The Circle of Life Foundation – founded by Julia Butterfly, strives to inspire, support, and network individuals, organizations and communities so together we can create environmental and social solutions to the problems facing humanity and the planet.
Climate Change Solutions – interactive tools, resources and success stories on actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cutting through the Smog (RiverDeep Current – August 13, 2001) – NASA satellite images reveal an Earth where air pollution knows no boundaries.
The Groundwater Foundation – a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to informing the public about one of our greatest hidden resources, groundwater.
Life without Trees (RiverDeep Current – September 14, 2000) – Increasing development destroys nature’s “vacuum cleaners.”
North American Association for Environmental Education- Resource search, including lesson plans, websites, publications, and workshops. There is an independent review of many of the resources included.
Planetpals – use this site to assist in teaching elementary children about the universe, its natural resources, and its issues!
Rainforest Action Network-A large site that sometimes has action items for teachers and students.
Recycle City! – There’s lots to do here – people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city’s residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste. from the EPA for upper elementary students.
Rotten Truth (About Garbage) takes an in-depth look at the complex issues surrounding municipal solid waste. This on-line exhibition is organized into four major sections: What Is Garbage, There’s No “Away,” Nature Recycles, and Making Choices.
Visit the Wetlands (RiverDeep Current – July 23, 2001) – Take a virtual field trip to explore the wetlands and hear the debate over wetlands conservation.
WorldWatch Institute – interdisciplinary research and information on the interactions among key environmental, social and economic trends. Its work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society– and how to achieve it.
YES! – non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to join forces for social justice and environmental sanity.