This past April, HEART program managers, Kristina Hulvershorn and Mickey Kudia, presented at the Association of Professional Humane Educators’ National Humane Education Conference in Seattle, Washington. The presentation titled, Enhancing Social and Emotional Learning through Humane Education, taught attendees from across the country practical steps for incorporating social and emotional
Social and emotional learning (SEL) has become one of the biggest trends in education and rightfully so. When students learn about their emotions and social skills, it not only helps them become more pro-social and healthier individuals, but also improves their academic performance. ¹ Most SEL programs focus solely on
By Liz Walch When I teach the lesson on dog and cat homelessness and overpopulation as part of HEART’s Taking Action For Others program, there are always two pieces of information that get a “Whoa!” from the students. The first is that there are at least 8 million homeless dogs
By Chris Parrucci As people all around the country are deciding who they want to be the next President of the United States, some HEART students are getting politically involved a little closer to home. Thanks to support from NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm, once again, a group of dedicated
By Chris Parrucci When one thinks of summer, images of beaches, backyards and relaxing vacations come to mind. For HEART campers around NYC, their summers were filled with just as much fun as they spent their sunny days learning about and helping people, animals and the environment. In early July
After learning about the plight of dogs in puppy mills, eighth grade HEART students at Courtenay Language Arts Center in Chicago decided they wanted to take action to help. The students organized the school’s very first Puppy Mill Awareness week, helping to educate all of their classmates about the issue
Holidays are some of the most image-invoking occasions around. Think about Christmas, and what image comes to mind? A Christmas Tree? Santa Claus? How about the Fourth of July? Fireworks? You thought about fireworks, didn’t you? And what about Halloween? While it may not be the very first image that
For the past few weeks, K-2nd grade students in HEART’s Helping Others Club in Chicago have been learning about what companion animals need to be happy and healthy. Students loved learning how – just like people – animals need food, water, shelter, regular visits to the doctor, toys and love.