5 Free Humane Education Resources

Time for another installment of The Innovation Bank, our series of short, pre-recorded webinars featuring programs and processes that you can replicate in your shelter. Today we focus on the work of HEART, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering a more compassionate and sustainable world through humane education. Listen to the complete recording of “Expanding Your Reach Through Educationand learn how to start or expand a program in your organization.

With the closing of schools due to the pandemic, HEART immediately began offering a special collection of at-home activities to support parents, educators, and students. The HEART team is thrilled to offer all of these materials—as well as a growing portfolio of digital teaching resources—to shelters and other animal welfare organizations. Here are 5 of their top humane education resources:

Home Learning Activities

Explains HEART’s Kim Korona, Senior Program Director, “These activities promote mindfulness, self-calming techniques, empathy, and compassion for all living beings. There are activities that young people can do on their own, as well as family activities that provide meaningful ways for parents and children to spend time together.” Shelters, take a look and see if there are some you’d like to share with your community. Access HEART’s Home Learning Activities here.

Curriculum Offerings for Educators

Says Korona, “All of these are available for free download on our website, as well as on third-party digital education platforms, all of which have been available to assist remote learning instruction. Peruse HEART’s resource library, including webinars, videos and teaching guides.

Online Game for Kids Ages 8-12

One of HEART’s most popular learning materials, The Case of the Sick Puppy, touches on various humane issues, including animal protection and puppy mills. Downloadable lessons are also available to extend the learning. Get the game and associated resources here.

Humane Education Research

Don’t yet have a humane ed program in your org and want to make a strong case for it? Korona shares some research studies, including quantitative data demonstrating the positive impact of humane education. This 2014 evaluation shows how a HEART program lead to more prosocial behaviors in schools in New York City and Chicago, while this 2016 research evaluates the effectiveness of an in-classroom program.

You’re Invited to Join the HEART Network

Members enjoy access to new and customized resources on topics from service learning to summer camp planning, as well as an online community through a collaboration with Maddie’s Fund. Register here.

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