2017/2018 Newsletter

Check out HEART’s 2017/2018 winter newsletter and read all about our new comprehensive resource guide, teacher training resources, new educational game, student programs, and more.

“Justice for All: Educating Youth For Social Responsibility” Resource Guide Available to Download

HEART and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this humane education guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place. This guide contains lessons for students in grades K-5 (the middle school curriculum coming soon). All lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards as well as ISTE technology integration standards. Download the guide and view the table of contents.

Food Justice for All Conference

HEART presented at Animal Place’s Farmed Animal Conference in California. Our Chicago instructor Liz Walch provided an introduction to humane education, its purpose, and its pedagogical techniques. Examples of food justice lessons relating to people, animals, and the environment, developed by HEART educators, were weaved throughout the presentation.

Humane Education P-Course Spring 2017

HEART offered a self-paced credit bearing 36-hour online P-course for NYC schoolteachers titled Promoting Success in Science and Literacy through Humane Education. Participants explored ways to utilize humane education content to implement strategies that support the development of science and literacy skills as well as focus on specific Common Core State Standards in both reading and writing, NY State Science Standard 7 and Danielson Competencies focusing on questioning, discussion techniques and engaging students in learning.

Educators’ Network for Social Justice Teaching Conference

HEART presented at the Educators’ Network for Social Justice’s 10th Annual Teaching Conference in Milwaukee. Program Manager Mickey Kudia provided educators with resources needed to teach about modern day oppressive child labor on U.S. farms and how students can lobby for reform.

 2016 Annual Report

HEART’s 2016 annual report is available for viewing. Click here to see the latest news on HEART’s programs.

HEART is Recipient of Animal Welfare Education Pet Hero Award

HEART was honored to receive the 2016 Animal Welfare Education Award at the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Pet Hero Awards 5th Anniversary Ceremony on October 7 at Gotham Hall in NYC.

Humane Literacy Workshop

HEART and The Puppy Mill Project conducted an engaging humane literacy workshop open to educators, advocates, parents, and concerned citizens. Participants learned how to identify humane literature, a valuable tool for teaching children empathy, critical thinking, and respect for people, animals, and the planet.

Enhancing Science and Literacy through Humane Education

Supported by the Berman Academy for Humane Education, this workshop (jointly presented by the Detroit Zoological Society, HEART, and the Humane Society of Huron Valley) demonstrated new strategies for engaging students in learning by infusing science and literacy curriculum with humane education.

Sustainability in Portland: Connecting Animals, People, and Planet

HEART’s Portland Program Manager, Claire Howe, was a panelist at Lewis and Clark College’s 5th annual Sustainability in Portland lecture series. Through the lens of education and art, the panel considered the interconnections between animal protection, environmental ethics, and human rights, followed by small group discussions and networking.

Critical Teaching In Action Conference: Environmental Education and Social Justice

At Mount Saint Mary’s University Doheny campus in Los Angeles, the conference brought together educators (Kindergarten through higher education), community activists and students interested in sharing curricula that integrate or investigate the intersections of environmental education and social justice. HEART’s Program Manager, Mickey Kudia, conducted a 1.5 hour workshop called “Taking Action for Others: Teaching Activist Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School.”

 Humane Education Program Training Workshop

This daylong, intensive workshop provided participants with teaching skills, lesson plans and guidance on implementing humane education lessons focused on animal protection in California elementary school classrooms. The primary objective of this humane education workshop was to learn how to cultivate empathy and compassion towards animals in our youth. This event was sponsored by Animal Law GuildTAPS (The Animal Protectorates), and Loyola Law School, LA.

Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference
March 16th, 8:30 – 9:45 am
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to HEART’s curricula for K-12 and learn how to teach students about important human rights, animal protection, and environmental preservation issues. For full details click here.

Video: Stockton School Has HEART
Thanks to volunteer Chuck Stepner, HEART has a new video showing student testimonials from the youth and teachers at Stockton School in Chicago. Watch them talk about their experience with humane education learning about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Check it out!

A Case for Humane Education
HEART instructor Tim Donahue writes “A Case for Humane Education” for Independent Teacher magazine.

Caring Kids at Animal Haven – NYC
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 & Nov 4, 11
HEART has teamed up with Animal Haven for the Caring Kids Program. For six Fridays this fall the Caring Kids Program will introduce children and teens to basic animal care and inform them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through hands-on activities with the cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely, as they make a noticeable impact on the lives of the animals they encounter. Check out this article in the NY Daily News about this program and sign up here.

Humane Education Workshop for Lawyers – Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, September 17th
Compassion Over Killing will be hosting a free workshop by Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) in collaboration with the American Bar Association, to train lawyers and law students to teach a four lesson humane education program for elementary school children in 4th and 5th grades. Click here to learn how to register.

Humane Education Workshop for Activists – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, September 18th
Join COK for a free workshop lead by Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) to train activists on how to bring a message of compassion to elementary school classrooms as part of the Humane Education Project, a groundbreaking program that has been embraced by students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and parents alike. Click here to learn how to register.

HEART to Present on Humane Education at WNET Professional Development Conference

On March 18th HEART will be conducting a humane education workshop at the WNET 2011 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference to be held at the Hilton Hotel in NYC.

The Ethic Project to Combine with HEART in Chicago
HEART announces the addition of The Ethic Project to our program offering in Chicago. The Ethic Project is a violence prevention and intervention initiative first established in early 2009. The Ethic Project’s focus is on project based activities which empower students by helping them understand they can create positive change in the world.

American Bar Association-HEART Humane Education Project in Chicago-March 6th, 2010
HEART will be conducting a day-long humane education workshop in Chicago to train volunteer attorneys and law students to teach our 4-lesson program on animal welfare and environmental protection issues to local 4th and 5th grade students.

New York State Democratic Committee Humane Education Resolution
On May 31, 2009, the NYS Democratic Committee adopted a resolution urging compliance with the state humane education law, recognizing HEART for its service in teaching humane education. Click here to read the resolution.

HEART Partners with TisBest Charity Gift Cards
HEART is thrilled that, just in time for the holiday season, TisBest Charity Gift Cards has chosen HEART to be one of its new charity partners! The TisBest Charity Gift Card is a donation gift that works like a conventional gift card but instead of buying stuff, the recipient “spends” the TisBest card by selecting which charity partners receives the money. Now, HEART is one of those charities! Find us under the Children and Youth category and help give the gift of a better world.

HEART Program Featured on My Fox Chicago
Co-anchor on My Fox Chicago, Jon Kelley, discussed the HEART program and its impact on Chicago’s youth with our very own Mickey Kudia. Watch the clip here.

Moomah Magazine Celebrates HEART
Moomah Magazine takes an in-depth look at HEART’s programs on environmental ethics, and offers its own activity suggestions on recycling, reducing chemicals in the home and more for kids and adults alike.

ABA-TIPS Humane Education Training at the University of North Carolina Law School
This free training on October 12th will focus on issues connected to companion, farmed and wild animals, such as puppy mills, dog fighting, overpopulation, factory farms, global warming, habitat destruction and pollution. See the full details.

Register for HEART’s Humane Education Conference!
We are very excited to announce that on September 21st, 2013 at New York University in Manhattan, HEART will be partnering with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and the Institute for Humane Education to host Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future: A Humane Education Conference.

Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future is a groundbreaking opportunity to discover your role in comprehensive humane education–and lead global change. If you are a teacher, educational administrator, change-maker, policymaker, humane educator and/or concerned citizen, please join us Saturday, Sept. 21, for an exciting and transformative day.

HEART Co-Sponsors Humane Education Summer Program with RSVP and ASPCA at the Mastic YMCA
The YMCA William Floyd Project is hosting a free six-session humane education program in Mastic, NY. The program is geared for ages 9-12 years old, but older teens and families are welcome to participate. Click here for details.

HEART Releases New Educational Videos on Puppy Mills and Shelter Animals
HEART is thrilled to announce that we have started developing a series of new educational videos. For grades 1 – 3, we now offer an introduction to animal shelters and what kids can do to help. For older students (grades 5 and up), we created a video on puppy mills. These resources will be provided to teachers to assist them in teaching kids about companion animal issues and are available online for use by a wider audience. See the videos on our youtube channel.

ABA-TIPS Humane Education Training at the University of Kansas School of Law
This free training on April 21st will focus on issues connected to companion, farmed and wild animals, such as puppy mills, dog fighting, overpopulation, factory farms, global warming, habitat destruction and pollution. See the full details.

Humane Education Workshop at Columbia University
On March 10th HEART is offering a free humane education workshop at Columbia University. Learn how to teach a four lesson humane education program for 4th and 5th graders in just one afternoon! See the details here.

Humane Education Workshops in NYC and Long Island
This February HEART will be conducting two humane education workshops (no charge) in Long Island and Manhattan to train activists, educators and any concerned citizens to teach our 4-lesson program on animal welfare and environmental protection issues to local 4th and 5th grade students.
Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island: February 9th from 10am to 4pm. More details.
Manhattan: February 10th from 1pm to 5pm. More details.

The ASPCA Awards HEART a $50,000 Grant
For the second year in a row the ASPCA has generously awarded HEART a $50,000 grant to bring humane education to students and teachers all across the country. We can’t thank them enough. Click here for the press release.

American Bar Association-HEART Humane Education Project in Miami, Florida 
On September 22nd HEART will be conducting day-long humane education workshops in and Miami, Florida to train volunteer attorneys and law students to teach our 4-lesson program on animal welfare and environmental protection issues to local 4th and 5th grade students. Click here for more info.

American Bar Association-HEART Humane Education Project in Portland, Oregon 
On October 6th HEART will be conducting day-long humane education workshops in Portland, Oregon to train volunteer attorneys and law students to teach our 4-lesson program on animal welfare and environmental protection issues to local 4th and 5th grade students. Click here for more info.

HEART Offers Free Humane Education Training Workshop
On August 18, 2012, HEART will be training volunteers to teach a four lesson humane education program for elementary school children in 4th and 5th grades. This free workshop will be held in New York City. See the full details here.

HEART Announces New Chapter in Portland, Oregon
HEART has launched a new chapter in Portland, Oregon. Portland will build upon HEART’s previous expansion to Chicago and Indianapolis, thereby giving the organization representation on both coasts as well as the Midwest. See the full press release here.

Stockton Elementary Travel to Springfield to Speak Up for Animals
On March 26th, 2012 twenty-three 8th grade students in the HEART program at Stockton Elementary School in Chicago took a four hour bus ride to Springfield Illinois to talk to their representatives about issues affecting animals in the state. Check out our new video that shows their journey.

HEART’s Caring Kids Program in the NY Daily News
We’re proud to say that HEART’s Caring Kids after-school program at Animal Haven was in the NY Daily News today! The kids learned about animal testing and met a rescued beagle named Juno. Check out the full article.

gang violence video with heart students in chicagoHEART Students Speak Out Against Gang Violence
Under HEART’s direction, 8th grade students at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago share their experiences with gang violence and how they’re speaking out to help make their community a safer place. Check out the video! And a big thank you to our volunteer Chuck Stepner for all his hard work.

HEART Celebrates National Youth Service Day
HEART, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Bruised Not Broken and the ASPCA are teaming up to celebrate National Youth Service Day. Bigs and Littles will learn about important issues that affect animals, interact with an adorable, rescued, special needs pit bull who is a therapy dog, make toys for shelter animals, and have a Q&A with a Humane Law Enforcement Agent from the ASPCA. Check out the flier! Please note: This event isn’t available to the general public.

2nd Annual Clothing Swap to Benefit HEART in NYC
On April 21st from 11am – 2pm come support HEART at the 2nd annual charity clothing swap in NYC. For every item you bring, you get to take an item of your choosing home. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day weekend and clean out your closet at the same time. Get your tickets in advance for $12 and save some cash. Get more ticket information here.

Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference
March 16th, 8:30 – 9:45 am
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to HEART’s curricula for K-12 and learn how to teach students about important human rights, animal protection, and environmental preservation issues. For full details click here.

ASPCA Grant
We’re pleased to announce the ASPCA has awarded HEART a $50,000 grant to support our humane education programs in New York, Chicago and Indianapolis! Check out the full press release for the details.