Integrating Humane Education into the High School Classroom: An Interview with Mike Farley, M.Ed.

Introduction: Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography and Environmental Studies for 20 years in the Toronto District School Board and currently at University of Toronto Schools. Over the past decade he has explored animal protection with his students, including running virtual field trips to animal sanctuaries during the pandemic. Mike is a frequent presenter at conferences…

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Be a Solutionary, Make a Difference, and Find Meaning in Your Life

When I observe our dogs, I often envy their seeming ease in the world. Sure, Pippin gets anxious when we leave the house (and the couch cover gets a wee bit more torn up as a result); Poppy cringes when treats are tossed her way (perhaps because she was abused before we rescued her); and Hershel has a pillow…

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We Create Others’ Realities, So Be Careful What You Attend To

In late July, I set out to find baby gray tree frogs. They’re emerald green and (I’ll just say it) incredibly adorable. They are also very difficult to find because they’re well-camouflaged, sitting as they do on green leaves. But because I’m looking for them, I often find them. I see what I’m attending to….

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Humane Education through Photojournalism: An Interview with Jo-Anne McArthur

Introduction: Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist, sought-after speaker, and the founder of We Animals Media. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for almost two decades. She is the author of three books, We Animals (2014), Captive (2017), and HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020) and was the subject of…

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It’s Time for Educational Leaders to Join the Climate Leadership: Our children’s future hangs in the balance

It’s Time for Educational Leaders to Join the Climate Leadership: Our Children’s Future Hangs in the Balance

This is a guest post from Andra Yeghoian, the Environmental Literacy Coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education where she is leading the integration of the Solutionary Framework into 23 school districts. Andra also serves on the Curriculum Advisory Board at the Institute for Humane Education. A version of this blog was originally…

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Our Obsession with Team Sports is Hurting Children

About 10 years ago, I was attending a play at our local theater, which was across the street from our town high school. It was 11 p.m., and one of the actors was closing the show with a soliloquy when sirens started sounding outside. The fire truck’s deafening sound went on and on without moving,…

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Transforming Curricula and Schools: An Interview with Julie Meltzer

Transforming Curricula and Schools: An Interview with Julie Meltzer

Julie Meltzer has served in a wide variety of roles in education in several states over the past 30 years. Her work has always been within the context of equity and capacity building. She is a systems thinker who collaborates with others to improve education at the local, state, and national levels. Julie is a…

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Humane Education Can Happen Everywhere: An Interview with Lynne Westmoreland

Humane Education Can Happen Everywhere: An Interview with Lynne Westmoreland

Introduction: Lynne Westmoreland was a professional pianist and piano instructor for over thirty years. When deciding on a meaningful path after retirement, she discovered humane education when attending the Washington, DC Green Festival and meeting Zoe Weil. Humane education represented everything Lynne had cared about her entire life, and IHE’s graduate program connected the dots…

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Creating a Globally Competent Generation: An Interview with Dana Mortenson

Creating a Globally Competent Generation: An Interview with Dana Mortenson

Introduction: Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more…

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