Category Archives: Human Rights

We Stood Up – Civil Rights Education Audio Anthology

As we embark on 2017, I’m reflecting on the notion that our role as educators (whether we are formal or informal teachers) to build reasoning and analytical skills, illuminate historical experiences, and strengthen empathy across perspectives feels more crucial than ever. With the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Black History Month around the…

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Malala Yousafzai And Kailash Satyarthi: Contrasting Approaches Come Together for Peace. (OR: OMG OMG OMG Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize!)

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn this morning I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. My heart did somersaults and my brain thought: OMYGOD. OMYGOD. OMYGOD. OMYGOD.  I almost didn’t need the coffee anymore. This…

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Talking to My Ten-Year Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls – #BringBackOurGirls

Beyond our usual “what’s the best thing that happened to you today” conversation at dinnertime, we’ve added some social media sharing  – talking about a video or story that’s gone viral that day. Our first time watching Pharrell’s “Happy” or Kid President’s Pep Talk came after a dinner conversation. It’s a great way to share…

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Celebrate & Support the Power of Girls’ Education: a Win-Win Product for Your Own Girls (that’s adorable too!)

(I’m posting this press release because I think it’s announcing great product with a worthy mission, and I know and respect the founders for their integrity and vision in starting this company — plus it’s adorable!!  Also, I have NOT been compensated to share this press release.) Tender Sapling Launches Pink Line on Day of…

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Building an Empathy Muscle: Five summer tips for getting children to think and care about people everywhere

Summer offers a perfect chance to explore – ideas, places, experiences. Ideally, it’s a time for playing outside, slowing down, trying a new hobby, and more family time.  Among the “muscles” I like to exercise, when not as bound by classroom exigencies, are those that go beyond anything a subject test can measure.  These are…

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The Day After Mother's Day – Honoring the 'Invisible Mothers'

I loved seeing so many photos friends posted of their mothers, often from a bye-gone era, and the love and kindness expressed to moms on Mother’s Day, which takes so many forms, from breakfast in bed to letters of gratitude for birth mothers from adoptive families. It may have become a high-pressure, materialistic holiday, but…

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