HEART is very happy to announce that Zoe Weil is the 2014 recipient of the HEART of Gold award.
The Heart of Gold award was first introduced in 2013 to recognize people who have made an extraordinary contribution to humane education. Zoe certainly fits that profile. She is the visionary behind the comprehensive humane education movement serving as co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). IHE created M.Ed., M.A. and graduate certificate programs in humane education, programs that many HEART staff members have graduated from. Zoe has authored seven books on humane education, run workshops around the country, and has lectured widely on humane education. Zoe’s newest project is the groundbreaking Solutionary School which is scheduled to begin operations in 2016 in New York City and will eventually be replicated throughout the country.
In addition to her work with IHE, Zoe has been an important part of HEART’s development, having served on the planning committee for the development of our original ten lesson plan curriculum for grades 4-6 as well as on HEART’s board as we have grown the curriculum into over 160 age-appropriate lessons serving K-12 and expanded our teacher training and professional development.
“There is simply no one more deserving of this award than Zoe Weil. We are so grateful to Zoe for her contribution to HEART over these years and to the overall field of humane education,” said Brad Goldberg, Chair of HEART.
“Zoe is truly a pioneer and her creative vision has had, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on HEART and education in general,” added Meena Alagappan, HEART’s executive director. “As a humane educator, Zoe personally taught more than 100,000 students to see themselves as part of the solution to our world’s most serious challenges. She is the perfect recipient for this award!”