Mark Your Calendar for "Expanding the Circle of Compassion" Webinar

Honing our skills, increasing our knowledge, and learning from others are all important elements of being an excellent humane educator. Here's an upcoming opportunity to do just that:

Our friends at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) are leading a webinar called Expanding the Circle of Compassion. It's available either Wednesday, August 24 or Friday, August 26, starting at 9:30 am PT/12:30 pm ET. Here's their description:

In this webinar, we will explain the inherent value of teaching humane education in its broadest sense and the range of HEART’s services and programming. We will focus on content from our comprehensive 4th-8th grade ten-lesson humane education curriculum, which promotes critical thinking and deepens students’ awareness of various human rights, animal protection and environmental preservation issues. Our lessons help students understand the global consequences of their actions and provide them with the tools to make more compassionate choices. Our program is designed for in-school settings and has been modified easily for other educational venues. In this presentation, participants will learn about HEART’s unique approach to humane education and gain the necessary skills to develop or expand their own programs. These lessons will both offer them new ideas and show them how to incorporate different learning styles. In our human rights unit, we will demonstrate portions of our child labor lesson “How Much Does that Really Cost?” by using a kinesthetic activity. For animal protection, we will share portions of our lesson called “Dogs, Cats, and Cows. Oh My!” that focuses on puppy mills and factory farms. We will then demonstrate an interactive, environmentally-focused activity, along with guided imagery, from our lesson “Protecting Mother Earth and Her Inhabitants.” The interconnectedness among these lessons will be emphasized by sharing components of our lessons “The Circle of Compassion” and “The Power of One.” All of HEART’s lessons can be enhanced by incorporating hands-on projects and service learning activities (examples will be provided). Lastly, we will share some of the challenges of teaching broad-based humane education, how to overcome these potential obstacles.

The webinar lasts for 90 minutes and is co-sponsored by PETsMART Charities and our friends at APHE (Association for Professional Humane Educators).

Find out more & register. I'm already signed up!

~ Marsha

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