Palisades Charter High School HRE Summer Institute
By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force
Building on last summer's successful Human Rights Education (HRE) Institute at Palisades Charter High School, HRE consultant, Nancy Flowers, returned to join more than 50 faculty and students to further expand HRE on campus. In the morning, participants focused on how to implement and disseminate the newly drafted Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (SBRR), which we believe is the first SBRR rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United States.
While speaking about the importance of human rights education from a student's perspective, guest speaker Amy Calfas said, "HRE is important because it makes curriculum come alive, adds greater complexity to the lesson plan, equips students with tools to produce change in their local and global community, and is transformative because it gives students a voice and a sense of agency."
After lunch attendees focused on identifying ways to include HRE in their coursework and to make it part of the school-wide culture.
The event was co-hosted by Palisades Charter High School and the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force.
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