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Teaching Controversial Humane Education Topics

As humane educators, our aim is not to tell youth what to think, but instead to encourage them to question, investigate, and think for themselves. In this video, you will learn strategies and tools for how to teach controversial topics in a way that encourages young people to explore those issues in a way that respects their opinions and beliefs, while also challenging them to consider, and potentially develop, new understandings.

Running a Humane-Themed Summer Camp

Have you ever wondered if you could combine your passion for humane education with the magic of camp? If so, you’ll want to check out our video on creating a humane education camp.  We cover some of the basics around activities and content, relationship building, finding help, some of the important details, and much more. All of this is captured within the context of what lessons we have learned from our Climate Camp in Indianapolis, Indiana.  You’ll have a clear picture of where to start or how to enhance your current camp!

Compassionate Connections in the Classroom

Did you become a teacher to make a positive difference in the world? If so, you will not want to miss this webinar. You will gain the necessary tools to infuse humane education into your daily curriculum. We will show you how to teach both content and skills through a humane lens so that your students will understand how what they learn connects to the most pressing human, animal and environmental issues in our world today. As a result, they will be able to utilize the skills gained in the classroom to become change-makers in their community.

Teaching Compassion for Animals (Grades 4 – 6)

While human and environmental issues are more commonly taught in the classroom, animal protection issues are often completely left out of the curriculum. In this webinar you will learn how to introduce animal-based topics to youth, build reverence for all species, keep your lessons age-appropriate, answer tough questions, empower kids to create meaningful change, and incorporate service learning activities into your lessons. This webinar is open to traditional and non-traditional educators, concerned citizens, and parents/guardians.

Justice for All

Would you like to learn ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy in your own classroom, club, or student group? This webinar will illustrate how humane education is a continuation of Martin Luther King’s message of expansive compassion and justice. We will provide concrete ways to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy through humane education and inspire a new generation of social change makers. We will explore some of his lesser known work, delve deeper into his perspective through his own words, and apply these frameworks to contemporary issues. Finally, we will share some practical activities and curriculum to encourage students to think critically about Martin Luther King and the many ways his message is still relevant today.

Earth Day Education Every Day

For Earth Day in April many educators look for ways to celebrate our natural world and teach about conservation. This webinar will give you not only ideas for activities and lessons that you can teach young people on Earth Day, but also ways to incorporate Earth Education into your everyday curriculum.

There are an overwhelming number of environmental problems occurring in our world today, everything from climate change to habitat destruction to pollution and so much in between. Each of these problems affects people and other species with whom we share the planet. Learn about ways to teach about the interconnectedness of our world through humane education and empower students to create solutions for a more sustainable future.

Youth Empowerment: Service Learning for All

A vital component of humane education is empowering youth. There are so many problems facing our world and it can be overwhelming to young people. As educators, it’s our role to instill a sense of responsibility and foster creative problem solving to tackle the world’s problems. When young people get involved and seek to create a more sustainable planet early on, they grow up knowing that the world can be what they make it.

In this webinar we will offer ideas for how to empower youth through service learning. We will discuss methods for developing skills youth need to become effective change-makers. Lastly, we will share examples of age-appropriate service projects for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

Creating a Kinder World through Humane Education Clubs

Facilitating a humane club is a great way to promote kindness to people, animals, and the planet because clubs provide youth with an opportunity to learn and get involved with issues they care about, both locally and globally. In this webinar, you will learn how to launch a humane club, incorporate human rights, animal protection, and/or environmental ethics activities, and most importantly, learn about project ideas that will allow youth to make a positive difference.

Humane Education: How Everyone Can Get Involved

Have you ever wondered how you can get involved in humane education if you’re not a professional educator, administrator, or parent? Then, this webinar is for you!
We will discuss why humane education is essential for creating a better world for all living beings and the planet as well as various ways concerned citizens can spread humane education in their schools, communities and beyond. Participants will gain knowledge and tools for how they can support and advocate for education that promises us all a kinder, more sustainable world. They’ll also learn about how to become active in a nationwide campaign to integrate compassion into every student’s academic experience. By combining issues that impact animals, human beings, and the environment, humane education serves as an umbrella under which we can all stand, and now is the time to join the movement!

The Power of Humane Literature

The beauty of literature is that it allows the reader to see the world from the perspective of another person, animal or even the earth. Literature connects perfectly with humane education’s goals of teaching empathy and critical thinking. How can we use the power of story to educate young people to be more compassionate and responsible? Find out how in this webinar when we show you how to identify humane literature and share some great examples.

The Political Climate and Our Youth

To many, the country feels more divided than ever. With divisive policies and rhetoric that many consider anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant in the headlines every day, we must wonder, how is this political climate affecting our youth? An increase of hate crimes has occurred across the nation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center specifically cited over 400 acts of hate in the 10 days directly following the election alone. Many educators are concerned about how this climate is influencing the way youth feel about themselves, one another, and their learning. Additionally, with politics being so contentious, it can be difficult to know how to create a safe space to address these issues and to create an inclusive learning environment with respectful civil discourse.

In this webinar, we will discuss the United States’ current political climate and some of the specific ways we think it is affecting our youth and the learning environment. We will provide tools for creating a safe and respectful classroom as well as lesson plans and resources for fostering social and environmental justice in schools in these challenging times.

Bringing Humane Education into the Classroom: Insights from Schoolteachers

Are you an educator or a youth leader interested in humane education, but not quite sure how to incorporate it into your programs? Attend our upcoming free webinar, led by two certified teachers, who have effectively infused humane education into the classroom. You will gain tools for teaching comprehensive humane education and learn how to meet current educational standards and expectations at the same time. By the end of this webinar you will gain new insight into different ways to bring humane education to the youth you teach. This webinar is applicable to both elementary and secondary educators.

Higher Humane Education: Getting Involved at Colleges and Universities

College is a great time for students to independently explore interests, discover new passions, and make a positive difference in the world around them. In this webinar, we’ll explore various ideas for how students can get involved, advocate for humane education, and creatively engage their college communities. We’ll also be joined by a special guest, Ivy He, a college student in Portland, Oregon, who was so inspired by the principles and practice of humane education, she started her own non-profit.

Fostering Empathy and Humane Behavior

In this webinar, we invite educators to discover activities that promote students’ emotional intelligence and the humane treatment of people and animals. Social and emotional learning teaches skills such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, and responsible decision-making. This leads to students who are not only more pro-social, but also more likely to succeed academically. This webinar will provide classroom teachers and nontraditional educators with activities and tools that will help young people to better understand themselves, other people, animals, and their connection to the global community and the natural world.

A Holistic Approach to Teaching

Are you interested in teaching for a more just and sustainable world for all, but not sure how to get started? This webinar will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to begin teaching in a more holistic way, by incorporating social-emotional learning and humane education into your youth programs or classroom curriculum. We will be sharing an overview of comprehensive humane education as well as a tutorial on our newest free educational resource guide, “Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility.” Participants will gain insider tips into teaching the guide’s lessons and activities. An electronic copy of the guide is available for free download at

Fostering Empathy for Animal Companions

Are you interested in developing humane education programs or expanding your current program? In this webinar we will share activities and lessons for youth educators who want to teach about animal protection issues, foster empathy, promote critical thinking, and encourage youth to take action for animals. Attendees will gain tips and resources for teaching young people about companion animal issues and providing them with service learning opportunities.

The Role of the Adult in Youth-Led Action

This webinar is appropriate for anyone working with youth who would like to reflect on ways they can best support them in becoming changemakers, who find themselves straddling the impulse to do work for kids and to turn them loose entirely! Participants will learn specific stories of youth action and reflect on what role we can take as humane educators, parents, and youth workers who wish to support and inspire youth to get involved and create change. Attendees will also reflect on their own tendencies as teachers and leaders and address when it might be time to step forward or to step back. Participants will emerge with a new framework to help them be true support for the changemakers in their lives.

Digital Resources to T​each Compassion and Critical Thinking

Our students live in a fast-changing world where technology has enabled us to have information at our fingertips and opened ways for us to interact more than ever before. HEART recognizes that we can successfully meet students’ needs and promote humane education by using technology tools in a strategic and thoughtful manner. In this webinar, we will show you ways that we utilize technology to promote and implement humane education programming and how you can use it in your own classroom or youth learning environment. We will discuss the ways we ​adapted our existing content to new platforms such as Nearpod in order to create interactive digital lessons, how we created a new learning experience by making an educational game to teach about puppy mill breeding operations, and additional ways that we have leveraged technology to reach young people. You will learn how you can benefit from ​these tools in your own classroom to engage your students in learning, as well as ways to be mindful about what effective technology integration looks like in teaching.

Promoting Social Responsibility for Middle and High School Students

As an educator, do you want to inspire a generation of change-makers to create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable world for all? Learn how in our upcoming webinar: Promoting Social Responsibility for Middle and High School Students. We will provide you with the tools and resources needed to excite your students about important issues facing our world today as we highlight the themes and lessons in our new “Justice for All” educational resource guide. This content will spark engagement in your classroom, while fostering empathy, promoting critical thinking, and encouraging youth empowerment.

Teaching Food Justice Issues to Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

Every day, through the foods we buy, prepare, and eat, we are connected directly to countless other people, other animals, and to many of the complex living habitats that make up our world. In this webinar we focus on food justice education: how to teach about the very unequal consequences of our modern industrial food systems that privilege some communities and individuals while exploiting and harming others. By teaching about the issues surrounding industrial agriculture, animal agriculture, and global food systems from a justice perspective, we can offer youth meaningful ways to take action for the benefit of those who are disproportionately carrying the burdens imposed by the way we eat. We share lots of resources for further study, and many examples of community-based projects and activities that students have done to promote greater food justice.

Compassionate Communities – Bringing Whole Child Humane Education into Our Communities

Our public schools and other educational organizations are in many ways the HEART of their communities! In this video you will hear about a new model for infusing whole-child focused educational programming with humane topics, and inspiring compassionate activism in the youth that you serve. Compassionate Communities offers a flexible approach to building a kinder classroom and school culture by connecting restorative practices and effective social-emotional learning skills to an appreciation of the lives and inherent value of all living beings, while inspiring meaningful engagement around issues that matter to your students, and have impact for the people, animals, and natural spaces in both their local and global communities.