HRE USA partner, Dr. Monisha Bajaj, who directs the MA program in Human Rights Education University of San Francisco, has recently been recognized for her outstanding work in HRE. The American Education Research Association has awarded her their Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award
. Established in memory of two giants of the Black Freedom Movement, the award honors a scholar whose work embodies the connection between curriculum studies and human rights. In addition, Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Bajaj's alma mater, has honored her with their Early Career Award for distinguished alumni.
Dr. Bajaj is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Education
and author of Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India
(winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum -- particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts, and sustainability--for non-profit organizations and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO.
HRE USA Website: A Closer Look!!
HRE USA launched its new website on December 10th! Please check it out at hreusa.net
. Please note the change in language from "member" to "partner." We've made this change in order to better represent the collaborative nature of our relationship.
You will still receive this newsletter if you registered as a member, however, in order to participate in the "partners only" section of the website you will need to re-register as a partner. To re-register as a partner please click here
Please feel free to engage in the "Partners' Forum
," a place for partners to engage in discussion about current human rights issues and events.
Key Features in the New Site:
1. Materials for Teaching Learning and Action -
Find materials and lesson plans for different human rights education topics such as: Bullying
, Children's Rights
, Civil and Political Rights
and much more!
2. Get Started With Human Rights Education
, frames ways to develop lesson plans for teaching about human rights.
3. Educational Resources -
Find a listing educational resources
for human rights education, as well as monthly bulletins
on various topics related to human rights.
4. News and Updates -
Find news and Updates on events and key human rights issues nationally and from around the world.
5. Partners Forum -
Engage in discussion with other partners about human rights issues and issues in human rights education. Please note: You must be a partner to join a discussion, so join today!
6. Ways to Get Involved
with HRE USA and with Human Rights Education. Find out about HRE USA projects and how you can get involved.
7. HRE USA Regions -
Find your region and regional coordinator
8. Events -
Find Human Rights Education events happening around the country.
Important to note:
We were able to re-design the website due to a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Human Rights Here and Now - HRE USA mini-publication
This is an abbreviated resource for educators addressing a contemporary issue from a human rights perspective. It offers selected resources for teaching and learning about that issue.
Black Lives Matter
, the latest edition of Human Rights Here and Now,
is now available on the HRE USA website: http://www.hreusa.net
. Compiled by Andrea Spero McEvoy
, Director of Education at The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, it addresses the on-going national outrage against institutional racism, police brutality and extrajudicial killings of Black men, women and children as a human rights issue. Included in this resource are lesson plans, films, articles about teaching Black Lives Matter, and resources and library guides for teachers. An excellent way to bring contemporary event to your classroom from a human rights perspective.
April Events at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center is proud to present the 2015 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut, Storrs
In conjunction with Kerry Kennedy’s lecture, the Dodd Center will also host a 2-day teacher workshop, featuring the RFK Human Rights Speak Truth To Power curriculum.
April 10 & 11, 2015
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut, Storrs
The workshop is free and open to pre- and in-service teachers.