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Pretty Mindful: A Sustainable Clothing Workshop for Tween Girls

by Dixie Espinosa, M.Ed. Valparaiso University Institute for Humane Education June 2019 The purpose of this curriculum is to provide a series of humane education workshops to educate a new generation of conscientious consumers of sustainable fashion. By empowering young girls to be mindful consumers of fashion, they can determine best practices for sustainability that…

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Equity in Education: An Interview with Victoria Chiatula, Ph.D.

Victoria Chiatula, Ph.D., is an educator, consultant, scholar, and the CEO & Founder of EdPro International, an Educational Management Organization. For Dr. Chiatula, education is a vocation and a life calling that has given her the opportunity and charge to empower others to create positive change. She serves, leads, and advocates for equity and access…

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Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action

Most people consider empathy—the ability to share and understand the feelings of others —a good thing. Teachers often reach out to us at the Institute for Humane Education for help educating their students to be more empathetic. They recognize that academic education isn’t enough to produce healthy classrooms, let alone to prepare youth to be motivated and engaged citizens who…

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8 Resources for Teaching About Unconscious Bias

by Marsha Rakestraw We all have biases. We’ve heard many times that those biases are an evolutionary adaptation that helped us survive, but even after these thousands of years, we haven’t yet learned to recognize and overcome many of our unconscious (and conscious) biases related to race, gender, disability, age, geography, and even species. Research…

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#FridayFeature: 3 Videos About Intersectionality

by Marsha Rakestraw Less than two months ago, Justine Damond was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer for an unknown reason. Her story has repeatedly made international headlines. Many people are now familiar with her name and her tragic story. Justine was a white woman. Many people also recognize these names: Eric Garner….

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Introduction to Solutionary Thinking

This activity is a brief exploration of some of the skills and processes needed to explore problems of concern to students and develop meaningful solutions. Actually engaging in substantial solutionary work is beyond the scope of this activity. In this activity, students will practice critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking skills in order to brainstorm…

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