cultivating kindness

Cultivating Humane & Ethical Values

Most people want a compassionate, healthy, just world. Use these resources to help cultivate humane values (such as kindness, compassion, empathy, and integrity) in your students and yourself. Curated by the Institute for Humane Education.

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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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humane education

Why the Cycle of Animal Abuse Is Not Only Bad for Animals, It’s Bad for Us

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Let the pandemic be our wake-up call: if ever there was a time to transform our relationship with animals, it’s now. While the origin of COVID-19 remains uncertain, one of the likely theories is that it originated in a wet market in…

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yoga

Humane Education and Yoga: An Interview with Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed.

Susanna Barkataki is an Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition who supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values. She graduated from our M.Ed. program in 2010, founded Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute, and runs Yoga Teacher Training programs. Last month, her new book, Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your…

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Meena

Bringing Humane Education to Classrooms: An interview with Meena Alagappan, Esq.

Meena Alagappan is the Executive Director of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a nonprofit public charity that is a full-service humane education provider in the NYC, Chicago, and Indianapolis areas. In addition to HEART’s work in these cities, HEART’s free humane education resources are downloaded by thousands of teachers across the U.S. and beyond….

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thanksgiving

How and Why to Give Thanks Even When You’re Not Feeling Thankful

Zoe Weil wrote this Thanksgiving post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. 2020 has been a beast, and instead of being celebratory, Thanksgiving 2020 may feel heavy with loneliness, worry, and loss. COVID-19 has touched all of us. If we haven’t…

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