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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.

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