Lightning Talks at the 2013 Humane Education Conference (Full Session)

welcome back everybody I hope you had a good lunch a great breakout session I’m really excited about this next segment when we are going to hear from about 20 humane educators from around the globe and to introduce this segment I’m very excited to introduce the Institute for humane education executive director Sarah spear I’m not done yet though I have to tell you about Sarah Sarah is an entrepreneur she’s an artist she’s a non-profit executive and she also happens to be probably the most upbeat patient optimistic person I know which is so soothing and wonderful for me personally who works with her every day it is such a great pleasure to work with this wonderful and beautiful woman and more importantly it is such a great boon to have her as the executive director of the Institute for humane education please welcome Sarah spear okay are you all ready for this grand experiment i would say fasten your seatbelts and you know hang on to your hats um the Lightning talks are here so get ready for a trip kind of around the world into classrooms entire schools and innovative programs as we move from theory into practice and see where and how humane education is making a difference so we hope that it will provide you with ideas inspiration and connections and many of the presenters are going to be available afterwards and looking forward to meeting and connecting with all of you so it’s going to be very lively and we’ve never done this before so here’s how we hope it’s going to work they’re going to be 14 presenters each with four minutes to inspire you and they I’m going to give them a three-minute warning so that we’re going to try and keep this on track and and then with a little Tibetan Bowl so be very soothing they’re going to be so calm and then as soon as they’re finished the next person slide will come up with their name they’re not going to all have introductions you have your own program and you’ll see their name and their project title up here hopefully and so they’ll be coming one after the other so that’s the lightning bolts that you’ll be getting so on the first person up is Wendy Bauer from green map systems enjoy okay i am your guinea pig and oh good here come my slides I hope can you hear me great do I have to start them it’s on no okay okay so one of the exciting things about my talk is I thought it was five minutes so here we go any I’m talking to you today about green maps and agreeing map is a locally made map about sustainability about nature culture green living resources they’re all made all over the world they look different because different kinds of people are making them we provide different kinds of tools including digital hand drawing and multimedia stuff and the people who are making them include city agencies grassroots groups youth and all kinds of businesses and tourism and everybody has their own goals and own process we share a lot of information back and forth between them youth are especially using them in summer programs after school in the classroom and for service learning

they’re also taking part in all ages projects so what’s on the maps well all kinds of things you’d expect like farmers markets and bike sites but also where can you learn green where’s nature in your community and it helps people connect locally as well as bring good ideas home when they’re traveling the thing that connects all the maps as a universal symbol set that’s co-designed by everybody involved in green map system by the way we’ve been around since 1995 we’re now in 875 places in 65 countries so this iconography truly is globally recognized it’s available as a font so it works with any computer program or as images or is a GIS script so it fits into all kinds of learning activities for technology and communication the maps as i mentioned have a lot of different character to them we’ve recently deposited 500 editions at the new york public library’s map room or they’ll be there all ways for people to explore and enjoy our digital tools include a google map based mapping platform we have an iphone app with which you can collect collect information we have a new responsive website these maps can be bedded and shared in lots of different ways including in facebook and by the way every one of the open maps let me go back a second is open to images and videos made by anybody so year after year a group of different groups of students could come back and talk learn about and share their findings about different sites right on that little profile about it there’s also all kinds of i want to say multi median creative expressions from dance to video two murals being made to really move local people so that’s one of the big jobs is figuring out how do we reach our target audience so some of the kids images start from they can range from a place like Surak where it was all about mapping the campus to Thailand where I was looking at ways we can address climate change in our communities in Sweden and uh oh denmark there’s a whole group of schools it’s part of their education for sustainable development project in baltimore it’s part of stem in new york city here it’s been part of giving kids a voice in the future of their community as things are changing so quickly here and in so many places around the world in Brooklyn’s demand man inspired kids in Wales to come up with their demand dragon so lots of good ideas the kids are generating are moving around the world here’s an example some examples from China where where we’ve worked with roots and shoots and WWF mapping biodiversity and nature mangroves especially freshwater here’s an example where they’ve made the map out of moss and I love this map and it’s just a beautiful piece so kids are really creative and bring lots of good things in we had Sean come to one of our workshops a couple summers ago you don’t have to be high tech and you don’t have to be low-tech you can be anywhere in between as you can see from these examples from Uganda and Corinne Kyoto and kids can take on very tough issues that adults have trouble dressing am I off the stage is that what that means you can also work across the board get two kids to participate in one big map we have lots of tools and lots of awards and I invite you to join us at come and join us green map that org slash join bring this project home take our modules and work with your kids thank you justa good afternoon everybody my name is pay I’m here to share with you about our work in China a particular human occasion since English is my second language so to speak in four minutes is an extra challenge for me so please do bear with me and why channel needs a human occasion I’m sure everybody here will not argue with me and we understand is urgent need I’m just going to use a three slice here to illustrate the problem we are facing in the country so this is a typical example that trees are cut down and to grow the crops the label of the animal abuse probably are not something you have experience in these parts of the world and picture on the left has shops here is dogs are weighted to be you know brought to problem from a market and stalled her for their meat and pitch on the right here on the right here shows the two dogs were hand used

as a protest to buy angry people over there building dispute and we also found in in in the in our recent stuff you know in the years of sati incidents more and more to use and have been carried out the animal abuse case in china since china open to the world in 1970 late 1970s and the growth of economy in the country china has a developer very special social problem in the country and the pictures here you the pictures here you might have see is a typical meat production plans for the from the factory farming and the picture on the left yet shows the chosen problems in the country because their parents are are working in the big cities and left behind in the rural China and look after by the parents after working in China extensively for last 14 years to evoke a for animals I have come to the realization that we need to build a foundation in a country beside all other companion works so we started there caring for life humane education and i can tell you even the turn human education is very new and unknown in the country and it’s you could be very sensitive and the future of these projects including is a cause is now random school talks it contains twelve learning sections and we teach same children over one academic year we do our homework verse we started a country social and political context first and we study the education system and we also understand try to understand the social problems in a country then we drew of three years project plans we started our pilot projects in September 2012 our calls were told in two primary schools drink eat streak in the gardens of two cities and will reach over 500 students at age five to eight we did we did not enter school because of sympathetic teachers we approached the school Authority directly and we signed an MoU with them although we borrow a lot of human education experience from the west and we but we make sure that our project and our material are totally localized it is wrong and delivered by our Chinese staff and human caters kiki is the eight years old girl help us to make this project passport and she makes that she use her own initiative to help us and her school was the first school to welcome our project we also develop the teaching package contains ten unit lesson plans last year we trained over 60 human caters in two cities and this year we have turned over 200 humor educators in five city in pipe cities and these nano measures we have seen many slides today and he seems very common in this part of the world and I can guarantee they are relative new and relative challenge when you try to push this learning method we also went to rural china in june this year for to collaborate with education foundation and this picture on the left is show we have volunteer helpers to copy the 40,000 materials and to reach 1000 children in three rural province of china and the here i’m going to show you is from sep tember 2013 our caring for life here me education will be told in 12 schools and to our primary school and 15 kindergarten in five cities in many school the calls will be told by the school teachers as a part of school curriculum this is a pioneer project a month or through you with all the positive development so far because I can guarantee it has been a very very challenged Ernie for us but I truly believe this is a pioneer work and we are using our action to write the history of humor education in China and I wanted finally I want to say thank you so much for the exchange Education Bureau they were the first city the education pilgrim to agree to collaborate with us to train the 45 teachers in this year and intense cool they were be started to teach this lesson and we were reach over 2,000 students in this city on its own and the tango a memorial school this is the first welcome our project a local partner in the each city and wonderful volunteer to make the project possible sofa so come to grab me if you want to know more about this project thank you this is great

hi I’m very grateful for being asked to speak today I’m a science educator of 18 years and I’m going to share with you how I incorporate humane education into my lessons when looking at this image we see a beam of light when a prism is placed in the lights path something interesting happens every time students explore prisms they are in wonder and wonder brings questions and questions can bring wisdom and win that with that wisdom can bring change when the light is reflected it has many colors when looking at my curricula and I encourage you to look at your curricula sit quietly openly explore it see where humane education can be incorporated keeping in mind compassion kindness respect and responsibility the mouse versus the zucchini in our school we have incorporated a program called the mind up and during this time we were focusing on perspective so while shared this video thank you and her husband Edwin filmed it and I thought it was just perfect for it I’ve what I wanted to look at escape awesome thank you um I used that video which is so awesome as a jumping off point to discuss and explore compassion towards species of animals that some would consider a nuisance or a pest we also did reflect about the individual who filmed it in their values and what they thought about living creatures the video the lesson and ever so much other resources is on the IIE’s website so please use it the this year I’m teaching a program called engineering by design is for kindergarten through fifth grade it’s a science based program with a solution era approach so I was all on board when I heard about that there are many places i see i can incorporate humane education the theme for the fourth grade is the power of solar and i got really inspired by the green bronx mashiny project to create green walls and such so i was like i wanted to incorporate that and some this year we’re going to have some Greenwald’s green space our schools really into the arts so i really want to make a wall of arts and greens and i also talked about benefits of green space the loss of green space and integrate that into humane education so we will be having fun with that every drop counts this is the theme for third grade and poor to my goal for third graders really look at it as a human rights issue and this is another piece of literature I’d love bringing literature in the classroom called one well and that we’re all part of this one well and that is very important second grade it’s our environment our health and there was this really restoring activity I did with the kids called nimby and again I love bring a literature into the classroom and this book is called where in the world is a way by michael franti if you know who that is and um yeah and and we were discussing like we’re really where is a way and it brought up a really great discussion and I’ll continue that through our year I create my own library of humane books there’s so many books out there I really encourage you to create your own and again I’ve been hearing this all day that it goes seamlessly through all the different academic areas there’s a lot of resources online there’s nothing either this is I just start we just start at school but solutions in society news I was thinking about bulletin board in my room and the kids and myself and the librarian already put up articles about what’s happened in society that is solution Airy base that’s helping people helping animals helping the environment so we’re all we’re doing that this year lens is I actually use real hand lenses and I think lens is a really important great tool to have in the classroom because you could take a look at and encourage

compassion respect tour towards living organisms and explore the issues to instill responsibility and develop solutions so basically what i do is i just keep planting seeds wherever i can in my school and they’re starting to grow thank you good afternoon everyone has an educational journey and we all are connected through learning our journey today begins in the e boland of Nigeria which is located in West Africa we meet Victoria Victoria immigrates from Nigeria to the United States in pursuit of Education she started school but experienced a disconnect and a dissonance between what she was learning in school and who she was at up as a person I am Victoria this dissonance and disconnect over the years ignited my passion to become an educator and explore a variety of topics in education currently as a faculty at Valparaiso University’s Department of Education and the program director for humane education the conference today educating for a just peaceful and sustainable future is a call to action for all educators to become inspired using education to meet the many challenges of our time however as John Holt cautions we must look beyond the question of reforming schools and that the larger question of schools and schooling itself this necessitates conceptual change beginning with rethinking schools and schooling and asking the very question is schooling for the 21st century and beyond first we need tools in my research I found that combining constructivism a leading conceptual framework in teacher preparation to three alternative education models free schooling d school and unschooling as some would say a very radical approaches to education provides a unique lens by which to examine education at its core to produce a blueprint for change this blueprint yields an organic framework for learning restructured roles transformative change with oneself community and the world with this we take a bold step forward and we arrive at the core the very essence of Education where we’re able to create learning experiences that produce the change we want to see and look forward to continuing our journey as passionate educators charting a better world and preparing individuals who are transformed to lead productive and impactful lives I in Victoria le aqua Chowchilla thank you so much for this opportunity hello everyone I’m Stephanie clump nur and I am a co-founder of the pollination project about a year ago my brother-in-law came to me and said I have accumulated this wealth of money and I want to give away a thousand dollars a day do you want to do it with me and I said heck yeah so what we did was we started talking about what we want to do with this money and what we knew the truth and also was that we wanted to use it to empower the world to become a more socially just a more environmentally sustainable a more compassionate place for all beings and so we came up with two big ideas those big ideas first war that we wanted to fund individuals and not fund organizations we believe that everybody’s got a superhero inside of them and I know for a fact that everyone in this room is a superhero and we believe to make radical transformation

and change in the world it requires individual people going out into their communities into their schools and taking action and making change and then the second big idea that we had was what we coined pollination philanthropy basically this idea was rather than give somebody a hundred thousand dollars to go into their school and take on a big project from A to Z instead we want to fund you from A to B the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and what we kind of learned is just by giving somebody that little bit of money it takes an idea in their head and makes it action in the world and so we give away every single day a thousand dollar seed grants to date this year we funded 264 grantees and they are superheroes and of them many are humane educators and one humane education person for example is somebody is named adha she from Florida and he is a teacher who came to us because he wanted to create a working research laboratory in his classroom and he wanted funding so that he could have material so that the students could old scale models of renewable energy solutions we also have two speakers that are coming up that we are that are wonderful grantees one is Rosanna Inge and she is a humane educator from Hong Kong and we gave her a grant so that she could take curriculum that was written in English and using and translated into chat into Chinese and then we also have David said well you’re going to hear about his amazing work with solution Airy Congress and we funded we help fund his pilot project what I hope is that everybody here who’s filled with so much inspiration will go home today and not let that fade away instead write down your ideas to make change and then come to our website and apply for grant with us for two more days if you’re really inspired we have a special partnership with that ihe where we are funding 20 humane educators to not only get a grant but also to get funding for them to participate in the ia cheese online training course so please go to the website and apply we have postcards in the back also so just to close I want to post some questions to you which is this if you are given a thousand dollars to make a difference in the world what would you do with that money what is your passion for me when I talk about the pollination projects is when my super hero comes out what lives inside of your heart that you can do to make the world a better place because i have money and i’m here to give it to you so I believe in all of you you guys are my superheroes be the change you want to see in the world thank you well we’re taking a tiny bit of a break while the computer does a meditation session but i do want to mention that the last four presentations are actually going to be video presentations several of them are from one is from Brazil one is from Australia and the other two are so compelling as standalone videos that we asked them to use them instead except I think David will also his was under four minutes oh he gets to say something too so um yeah so I forgot to mention that and how’s the own session great hi I’m Jocelyn Chu and this is Courtney Petrowski and we’re both fifth grade elementary school teachers in New York City today we are going to talk about how teachers can bridge humanity thank you can bridge humane education with literacy without many additional

resources one of our favorite reading units this year with social issue book clubs social issues our issues at a current society that affect people animals and the environment we believe it is important to teach social issues to students at such a young age because it provides accurate knowledge break stereotypes and help students make connections to the real world to begin the unit we started with whole class conversations about social issues we used themed picture book read Aloud’s afterwards we had students reflect students then selected issues they were interested in studying and we created book clubs for those of you who don’t know a traditional book club is one that is based on reading levels and genres such as fiction or mystery students work collaboratively to plan their pages set reading in group goals and discuss questions together they usually meet two to three times a week and reflect on what they are thinking a book club usually consists of three to five students reading the same books over a given period of time usually about three weeks social issues book clubs are a little different groups were formed around interests in addition to fiction books students analyze nonfiction text and videos to enhancer understanding to focus on additional topics that were not covered we brought in speakers and programs and took her students on various field trips to end the unit students were asked to complete social action group projects that would show others about their compassion towards a certain issue kc chan one of our students talked earlier about her project the organization she made was her project some other examples of projects include multimedia presentations poster presentations pamphlets skin it’s book and toy drives and donation boxes our fifth grade students were really touched by the humane education unit and above over there you can see some quotes from students and their reflections we feel that this type of learning is so important to the world it brings students reading to life and ask them to think critically it gives awareness and motivates students to become global agents of change it teaches students that one person can make a difference to end with we would like to share some resources to get started with here are some examples of student projects and these are a lot of the poster projects as we mentioned before we begin the unit by reading picture books some of the picture books are pictured up here and about gender issues are Oliver button is a and Ali’s basketball dream some books about poverty are fly away home and tight times some fiction chapter books about human rights are wonder the jacket pinballs the picture of Hollis woods but not buddy slant also known as Harper and esperanza rising some books focusing on animal rights are Shiloh the missing gator of gumbo limbo tiger rising and black beauty some books focusing on environmental ethics or hoot operation redwood there’s an owl in my shower and flush as we mentioned before you might want to use some nonfiction resources some places you can begin our indie kids time for kids scholastic news kids health website and upworthy calm you can also take students on free field trips to food pantries local parks senior centers animal shelters and the farmers market in addition we encourage you to invite speakers to the classroom and one program that truly enhance student learning was heart the goal of our presentation was to inspire educators to bring humane education into their terms in an accessible way however we know that there may be some challenges and here are some ways to approach those challenges teachers can seek outside assistance from donorschoose.org or apply for other mini grants we also suggest utilizing the library in town or in your school other classroom teachers who may have books they aren’t using or scholastic book orders of course there’s also the internet and as we mentioned before there are plenty of free field trips and speakers we hope we have inspired you to bring humane education into your classroom in some way remember a small change can make a big difference microphone check 12 okay cool hello my

name is Pierce Delahunt piece mentor and teacher of social emotional learning this is Marian MacGillivray experienced grant writer and developer of charter schools multiple successful charter schools were both graduate students of humane education and we together with faculty students and alumni Institute for humane education our founding the first ever solution Airy charter school right here in New York City solution Airy school will be based on humane education and the premise that the world becomes what we teach to illustrate veteran scientists spent years attempting to figure out how to fold a particular enzyme they eventually created a program instead that enabled legions of gamers to take on the puzzle and the gamers solved the folding in three weeks there are many stories like this of people from whom little is expected and when they band together with a solution airy focus solve a problem quickly and efficiently what if we developed nations of solution Ares what if our schools focused on solving the world’s greatest challenges that is what we plan to do with solution airy school we have brought together a dynamic experience steering committee to start the solution airy school in New York City the faculty and students in alumni of the Institute for humane education partnering with Valparaiso University are developing a model that will be replicated throughout the country and in time worldwide at the Institute for human humane education a group of like-minded educate came together based on a shared vision of empowering students to solve the challenges we’re faced with today and solution ery school was born we are confronted with the most unsustainable agricultural practices ever used and the callous disregard of billions of animals for profit we have a systems of slavery that are abusing millions of humans pollution is spreading throughout our lands seized in the air we breathe we are increasingly reliant on medications here in the USA a higher percentage of our population is incarcerated than ever before and every day we are facing weapons and violence that threaten what little piece remains and we believe we can change that we believe that we can create a more just peaceful and sustainable future for all life on Earth and we think you do too peace demands introspection and sharing your knowledge piste requires explicit teaching and working on behalf of others in other words peace is work and humane education takes action peace is something we make and we must get our hands dirty with it and we will do that together with our solution airy school students this is the general outline of our process the four stages of developing a charter school and this is the stage that we are at right now the first stage the feasibility study we have the first round of grants in place we have our steering committee actively involved and the Institute for humane education has been training humane educators for 17 years now we’re on the ground talking to communities identifying potential locations developing curriculum and recruiting team members and that’s where you all come in these are the current leaders of the steering committee everyone please stand up we are thank you most of us are wearing our organic fairtrade solution Eric tease you can come find us afterward this is going to be work it is going to be challenging our planet our children need us we will work hard and have fun so if any of you in the audience would like to join us

please talk to anyone that has a solution airy t-shirt on and we do have a table out front there where you can sign up for anything that you’re interested any particular passion that you may have and we want you all to join us to teach the world to care thank hi my daughter asked me not to wear this plaid jacket today please mom she said and I explained I had a purpose I’m hoping that when I’m done after hearing our student Clayton and after hearing what I have to say that you try and find me and I’m trying to make it easier who and what is voyagers community school why bother being here today to talk to you we ask that question why bother a lot it represents one of our core curiosities why bother dedicating ourselves to the monumental task of opening and sustaining a school that goes against the grain against the norm why bother dedicating ourselves to this monumental task that requires constant explanation in contrast to the typical education that’s offered in our free neighborhood schools why bother committing ourselves to delivering curriculum that changes on the whim of children therefore requiring teacher researchers to be always uncertain and constantly listening and changing their curriculum maps why bother reaching out into the neighborhood the town our country county state nation and world to share our work and try to change the world if you visit our website you’ll learn that we are considered one of the preeminent progressive day schools in the region we teach traditional academics and non-traditional ways creating a learning environment that enables children to excel academically and more importantly intellectually while growing socially and emotionally we are innovative rigorous and unique with an authentic and serious to learning joyfully through engaged hands-on exploration in a warm and strong learning community we and please note faculty staff students families and alumni collectively divine and maintain our culture and the spirit of voyagers community school what does this all look like what’s the root of this idea this place this school the answer is simple children children small in stature less experienced in life are equally powerful resourceful and competence in our school and in our worldview and so they were the first students out in hard-hit communities after Hurricane sandy cleaning out basements cooking and serving food to rescue workers and making toiletry kits and activity bags for adults and children and sensors and they were there long after everyone else shoveling sand they’re directly responsible for the design and the process we rely upon for conflict resolution peer mediation and peace conferencing peace officers always students serve others and all students together find solutions to differences and common ground and community they are seventh and eighth graders are outdoors 12 hours each week examining their surroundings and learning about wildlife flora and fauna and collectively and Caligula working slowing down breathing thinking and imagining they’re exploring and wondering they’re asking real and sometimes deeply emotional questions they’re gathering evidence and they’re listening and loving each other what could be more humane if you are thinking I want to bother ask someone from voyagers contingency here today and I asked them all to stand teacher researchers katie cook rich NAB Lucas Kelly Kelly SEC mat mcdermott naveen mom who’d ask our students and filmmakers Gabby

Weinstein 2017 in Darcy 2016 Emily Reynolds 2014 Clayton Reynolds 2014 we’re asking you please bother us today and in the future at ww voyagers kids calm thank you hello hi my name is rosanna eng from hong kong and i’m the institute for humane education director of the Greater China Regent I’m really proud to be on this stage today and I would like to dedicate there’s very special four minutes to a dog that I witness being tortured and slaughters when I was only six years old and since then I have shut down and lift a meaningless life until I found humane education for years ago so he mean education truly gives me the knowledge the dose and the motivation to start living again thank you so given my experience you would not be surprised that I’m passionate about animal protection and threw him in education I’ve extended my passion to include environmental issues and human right issues and everything is now connected so in 2011 I started to bring me in education which is ok I in 2011 I brought him in education to Hong Kong I opened up a learning school after school English learning center called fluffy love learning club and start to teach the concept of humane education to little children and because the concept is so new we’ve got a lot of them media attention we were constantly being featured in magazines and we will also feature the newspaper but soon afterwards I realized that I’m only reaching as more audience because i only have because this is the learning center i only have them children that I meet with after class and I’m not happy enough with it so in 2012 I changed my path and work with animal asia foundation to do teachers training workshop this way i can make a bigger impact Melissa I know Asia Foundation they um they are in China they doing a wonderful job they rescue moon bears that are being used for bear bear bear bile farming and it’s a very cruel industry where bears are kept in a small cage like that for their entire life sum up to 30 years and BIOS are extracted from them drop by drop in a very insanity condition so when I say when 1.3 billion people sneeze the world will feel the impact so China’s massive impact on animals and the environment include a high demo at the highest demand of rhino horns the highest demand of sharks fin used for

soup hide highest demand of dolphin useful entertainment we have chronic and dangerous level of pollution and consumerism is on the rise and we truly believe the solution to all these pressing issues is education together with animal Asia we created a Hong Kong humane education coalition website we have been delivering newspaper newsletters to teachers and schools in Hong Kong we run teachers training workshops and we already have teachers in Hong Kong ticking institute for humane education online course teaching for positive future so in 2014 we’re going to deliver a even larger scale teachers training program in China we’re going to start in Chengdu Sichuan which is in the centre of China act Asia is doing a wonderful job here in Guangdong so China is a huge country so a lot of work needs to be done so we’ll be training teachers and I was already up in China talking to teachers about the design of the program and explaining to them humane education looks at the inter connection between animals and varmint and people and they found they find it fascinating they said I wish there were people in China who to talk to me about these topics and they wanted to learn more they embrace the idea with open arms so like animal ASA slogan goes until dough cruelty ends we’ll be doing our humane education work in China if anybody who is interested in this wonderful project that we’re doing I want to save the poor bears please come to see me at the IE table afterwards and I could cry on behalf of the animals who cannot speak for themselves who communicate who communicated with us but we don’t listen and the environment and people in a greater china Regent I thank you for listening ok good afternoon my name is Andrea Neiman and I’m an art teacher at Columbia High School located just east of Albany New York it is with deliberate intention that I incorporate elements of humane education into my curriculum today I’d like to share with you the story behind the creation of my unit plan entitled silhouette statements creating positive solutions to global problems as a young college student I was aware of the Holocaust documentary paper clips but without seeing it first I wrote it off as being too upsetting and disturbing for sensitive individual like myself one afternoon however while looking for something to watch on TV while I ran on the treadmill I came across a deeply moving story about a project that students in rural whitwell Tennessee were doing as a way to learn about diversity Linda Hooper school principal at the time supported the students and faculties efforts as they struggled to grasp the enormity of the murder of six million Jewish people during the Holocaust the students made meaning of the magnitude of the loss by collecting paper clips the symbol used by the Norwegian people to protest Nazi persecution of their Jewish citizens my running slowed to a jog and then a walk and eventually I was so transfixed by the film that all I could do was stand on the treadmill and wipe away my tears I remember thinking one day I will be an art teacher who incorporates this powerful film into my curriculum sure enough during my first year as an art teacher I was asked to submit student artwork to an exhibition in honor of martin luther king jr. here was my opportunity to share paper clips with my

students but first I needed to select an art medium and then help the students to see the connections between the civil rights movement and the Holocaust artists Kara Walker’s silhouettes came to mind I selected the art of silhouette making for its ability to make a bold visual statement certainly other art mediums could be used to produce similar learning experiences at first glance kara Walker’s work is aesthetically pleasing moss cascades from the trees the female figures are adorned in billowing dresses yet upon further examination of the imagery it becomes clear they are rife with the ugliness of slavery in the antebellum South although Kara Walker’s work is set in an early era her vision is a contemporary one that she expresses as follows it’s interesting that as soon as you start telling the story of racism you start reliving the story you keep creating a monster that swallows you but as long as there’s a dark fur as long as there are people saying hey you don’t belong here to others it only seems realistic to continue investigating the terrain of racism kara Walker’s words are reflected in a memorable scene from the film Freedom Writers which I share with my students as a way to illustrate the connection between bullying and genocide in the scene shown here teacher Erin Gruwell relates the demeaning portrait of Jamal created by a racist classmate to the degrading propaganda cartoon portrayals of Jewish citizens just prior to the Holocaust this portion of the film enabled my students to see how damaging it is to stereotype or make judgments about others they could clearly see that hatred and disrespect stem from fear and a lack of understanding it was now time to share paper clips with my students I wanted them to see how the almost exclusively white and Christian whitwell students apparently none of whom have ever ever met a single Jewish person investigated intolerance and prejudice and from there with profound compassion created a unique thoughtful and positive response using paper clips as a model my students investigated a global problem of their choice and symbolically represented a just compassionate and nonviolent response of their own to issues such as human rights animal rights and sustainability throughout the creative process students were free to form their own metaphors while they generated authentic works of art it was within the process of creating meaningful personalized projects that art became that art was used as a way of learning and not just something to be learned the making of this unit serves to remind us that while learning about something we fear may be overwhelming or beyond our ability to personally create change it is the only way to effectively make a positive impact on our world seeking the truth and learning to think critically is empowering and is the crux of the humane education movement and I can’t think of anything more urgently needed in our classrooms at this time just a quick announcement unfortunately Nina roses video from Brazil humane education in Brazil the link isn’t working we will post it on the website and any an announcement that will come out after the conference apologies for that get your popcorn then thanks again to the pollination

project and for the institute for humane education for helping with that really stunning event that took place just last April of course now we need you to be involved if you are parents of high school kids or no high school kids or have a high school down the street from you we need your help to get some teams as we start to take this nationally we’re working on a nice kit for teachers and for students and we’re hoping to make that really educational for them you know as I met with these students kind of during the event i sat down and chatted with them they were really excited that for once they were asked to do something practical to help the world I side with one girl and she told me that she had kind of resigned herself that she was just going to live in a world full of crap that’s what she said and it’s too bad that that kids feel like they have to live in a world that’s crappy they just I think they think zoeb meant you mentioned that this morning and yet this project she said gave her hope that she and others could solve problems and she was thrilled so thank you very much you our program has two parallel parts the first part is the cafeteria ranger train we train students special needs students to own the waste sorting system in the cafeteria they don’t need a teacher and they don’t need they each get a badge they have their jobs they learn not only the how but the why it is so important for us to reduce our cafeteria waste and how that connects to package all the garbage for my time

our social needs students actually get the opportunity to be special in a very positive place they take pride in what they do and I love it I love it so give everybody an opportunity to shine parallel to our Ranger training we have what’s called make change messaging it’s an interdisciplinary workshop the idea is that students can design their own alternative messaging campaign to share the message of why this is so important that the entire school community with kids learn so much about caring for the environment and how they can make it change within their environment and they can the agents of change and take this dad you really became engaged holding the puppet sit over there to share their message of taking care of the earth to the larger cafeteria culture program it is a blessing I mean it really enhances what a teacher does curriculum getting the kids to actually do visual arts we do research and it really is aligned with the comical stan is that we have right now which is fantastic student learning is more memorable motivating and engaging when students are given real-world challenges to solve that are relevant to their lives when a grade 6 student in Canberra was given a sustainability challenge around food she said I’m starting to imagine things to make the world a better place I mean isn’t that what education is about making the world better knowledge itself is constantly growing and it’s evolving students need the skills the behaviors and the general capabilities that cross-discipline content and develop their confidence in a complex information globalized world that’s from the Australian Curriculum and it’s true we don’t know what the world will become what we can focus on is in supporting the empathy the creative and critical thinking skills young people need to build their thriving sustainable future my partner Nicholas and I founded his motion in 2010 to develop innovative solutions in the education and media sectors although they might seem a little bit different my background in education psychology building sustainable programs to improve quality of life young people in Canada Guatemala the Caribbean India and Australia is a common language and purposed to Nick’s in management consulting and business improvement through behavior change essentially the commonality is a solution-focused perspective we now employ in all our company projects to protect connect and uplift people animals and planet in 2012 we cycled around the world with the world by cycle project and facilitated the first in the to learn adventure series ride to learn in every continent exploring the backstory involved in this

i chain of t shirts shoes and bicycles right to learn enable students to engage with a global network of farmers designers artisans and factory workers were involved in the production of these everyday items young people are intimately familiar with what they wear on their backs and feet which makes these items and accessible and personal point of inquiry into the environmental and social impacts of production from here students can brainstorm solutions to global challenges such as resource depletion and the Ethical Treatment of people and animals for example the primary industries foundation– in Australia did a survey in 2012 and found three quarters of students thought of grade 6 students thought that their cotton items came from animals not plants see when we cycled through West Africa we learned about how cotton is farmed and the environmental implications of the world’s thirstiest crop a staggering 2200 liters are required to produce one t-shirt we visited a farm practicing innovative approaches to conserve water and that relied on rain for growth while cycling across Tasmania Australia we visited thought leading farms who have developed some solutions to mules and fly stripes and sheep husbandry right to learn is an ongoing program the adventure learning component means we provide real time interaction for classrooms via digital conferencing and school visits students can interact with us on the journey or with young people from around the world engaged in the journey with us East Asia North and South America are to come we started developing sale too with the top to top climbing expedition this interactive learning journey will explore ocean plastics and the impacts to marine life and the food chain as well as the radiation in the Pacific caused by Fukushima exploring the interconnectedness of all things our newest educational initiative involves capturing the sustainability challenge from a business translating it into a teaching and learning resource and facilitating that directly in schools or via our digital networks this is an exciting new initiative and businesses and schools are already putting their hand up ready to be involved contact us to learn how you or your school can be involved with us too could we have a round of applause for all of our amazing lightning presenter