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 March 2021
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

Happy Women's History Month!

As we celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equitable future, let's tap into that momentum to overcome the barriers women still face regarding equal economic opportunities, educational equity, women’s health, and an end to gender-based violence.

Check out these resources compiled by Human Rights Educators USA to teach about the issues that women and girls face around the world and how we can all work towards the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality. 

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Also, check out these great resources on the fight for women's equality from our partners: Learning for Justice, Teaching for Change, and the American Federation of Teachers.



  Women's History Month
  HRE in US Teacher Education


  Dream & Promise Act


  Teaching About Feminism


  Guide on Educ. in Pandemic
  Women in Labor History 
  HRE & Black Liberation 
  HRE: What Works?
  White Supremacy in Educ.
  Seizing Freedom Podcast


  NCSS Call for Proposals


  UCCHRE Webinar Series
  Teach Black Freedom Struggle
  Talk Climate Institute
  RFK Human Rights Webinar
  Climate Change Summer Institute
  Children's Rights in School

Webinar - How is Preservice HRE Taught in the United States?


When: Monday, April 19, 2021
Time: 4.30 - 5.30 EST
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Presenter: Kaylee Bradford, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University

This presentation will discuss how preservice HRE is currently being taught in the United States and to what extent these courses incorporate ‘good practices’ recommended in the field. It will also elaborate on current opportunities and challenges for HRE integration into teacher education programs. Following the presentation, there will be an open discussion with the purpose of identifying our next steps to equipping future teachers with HRE competencies. 
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This event is presented by HRE USAUCCHRE, and the NCSS HRE Community

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Support the American Dream and Promise Act

The House is preparing to vote on the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6)—possibly, as early as this week. The bill would help more than 3 million undocumented individuals, including Dreamers brought to this country before age 18, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and people granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for humanitarian reasons—populations that include nearly 40,000 educators, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Dreamers could obtain conditional legal status if they have a high school diploma or GED, are enrolled in a high school or GED program, or are enrolled in an apprenticeship program. They would have ten years to transition from conditional status to a green card, and could do so by earning a college degree, completing at least two years of postsecondary education, serving in the military for two years, or being employed for at least three years. The bill would also make Dreamers eligible for federal financial aid.

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Teaching About Feminism

by Educators 2 Social Change

In simple terms, feminism is the advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for all genders. Women have been viewed by many as the “weaker” sex for hundreds of years, but over the past few decades, particularly the past five years, women have been fighting again for their voices to be heard. From the fight for women’s suffrage to women’s marches to the #MeToo Movement, progress has been made regarding treating all genders equally, but there is still a long way to go, as women are continuously paid less than their equal male counterparts and often ignored or silenced in cases of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. By teaching students about feminism, educators are not only promoting equal rights for all genders but are also debunking the idea that “feminism” is a bad word, or even controversial.

There are many valuable resources available online for teaching students about feminism and gender equality. Feminism is often given a negative connotation, but feminists are simply fighting for equality between men and women, which is long overdue. These resources compiled by Educators 4 Social Change will help you in your journey of teaching students about feminism, women’s rights, and equality.

>> See annotated resource list

Guide on Ensuring Access to Education During the Pandemic

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has published a new practical guide on access to education in the context of COVID-19, the latest in a string of recent thematic publications and its second practical guide on the pandemic. [IACHR Press Release] The IACHR Rapid and Integrated Response Coordination Unit (SACROI) produced the guide in collaboration with the IACHR special rapporteurships on economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights and on freedom of expression. See IACHR, How to Ensure Access to the Right to Education for Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic? (2020). 

>> View guide

Women in Labor History

The impact women have made in labor history is often missing from textbooks and the media, despite the numerous roles women have played. From championing better workplace conditions to cutting back the 12-hour day to demanding equal pay across racial lines. Check out these profiles of women in labor history from the Zinn Education Project. 

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IJHRE Issue 5 – HRE and Black Liberation

Situating Black activism and movement building in its historical context, this special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) features articles, essays, commentaries, and book reviews that put the longstanding call for Black lives to matter and the quest for Black liberation in conversation with human rights education as a field of scholarship and practice.

The IJHRE is an independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the field of human rights education. This journal seeks to be a central location for critical thought in the field as it continues to expand.

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Brief - Human Rights Education: What Works?

Human rights education is increasingly acknowledged as an essential part of building a human rights culture. But does it work? This brief by the Danish Institute for Human Rights reviews existing literature on human rights education for children, presenting an overview of findings on the outcomes of human rights education.

The studies include academic articles, book chapters and evaluation reports from the period 2000-2020. Methods for measuring human rights education outcomes include quantitative surveys; qualitative interviews, focus groups; observations; and document collection. The studies vary from small-scale ethnographic studies involving a few dozen people to large-scale surveys including 100,000 respondents.

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White Supremacy in Education

We know white supremacy is woven into the fabric of American culture and society. It’s also woven into our education system. The Spring 2021 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, traces some of the threads of white supremacy through classrooms and schools—and how students, educators, and others are working to break those threads. 

Read this issue for stories about how white supremacy appears in curricula and policies, even in teacher training programs. Learn how educators and students are working to dismantle it in their communities. 

>> Download the issue

Seizing Freedom Podcast

Ending slavery in America required so much more than official declarations and battlefield victories.

Freedom gets built up over time—through a billion tiny, everyday acts. It’s there in the chance to enlist and fight for a cause. It’s there in the effort to reunite families torn apart by the cruelty of slave trading. It’s there in the right to learn to read or found a church or decide how you want to make a living. And it’s there in the insistence on the legal recognition of the right to do all these things.

That’s the freedom you’ll hear about on this podcast, and you’ll hear about it directly from the people who seized it. All of the stories on this show are drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again.

>> Listen to podcast

NCSS - Call for Conference Proposals

NCSS invites you to submit a proposal to present at their 101st Annual Conference. The NCSS Annual Conference is the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders. 

Deadline extended: April 1, 2021

>> Learn more and apply


HRE Pedagogy and Project Webinar Series

When: March 19th and April 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST  
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Upcoming Webinars:

March 19 - UCCHRE Webinar at 1:00 pm ET
Pedagogy and Projects Series: Teaching about and for Immigrant and Refugee Rights with Mary Mendenhall and Katherine Kaufka Walts.  
>> Click here to register and receive Zoom login information.

April 16 - UCCHRE Webinar at 1:00 pm ET
Pedagogy and Projects Series: Teaching for Racial Justice with Justin Hansford
>> Click here to register and receive Zoom login information.

These events are part of a spring webinar series sponsored by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE),

Where Human Rights Begin Series

When: Mondays January - May, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST  
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

This series entitled, "Teach the Black Freedom Struggle" is hosted by the Zinn Education project and features leading historians from across the country. 

The classes are held at least once a month on Mondays at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 75 minutes. In each session, the historian is interviewed by a teacher and breakout rooms allow participants (in small groups) to meet each other, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • March 22, 2021: The Atlanta Washerwomen’s Strike 
  • April 26, 2021: The Carceral State
  • May 10, 2021: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

>> Learn more and register

Talk Climate Institute

When: March 23 - 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
Where: Virtual
Cost: $200
Scholarships available

The Talk Climate Institute will deepen your understanding of climate change in an era of disinformation. This transformative two-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen for intentional reflection and active listening, tapping into creativity and building community together.

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Webinar with President Boris Tadić, Serbia

When: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am EST
Where: Virtual
Cost: FREE

This event presented by the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) team at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Nizami Ganjavi International Center will feature President Boris Tadić, Serbia. The webinar is part of a series with world leaders discussing the need for international dialogue, understanding, learning, and human rights advocacy.

Boris Tadić served as president of Serbia from 2004 to 2012. He was elected to his first term on June 27, 2004, when Serbia was part of Serbia and Montenegro, and he was re-elected on February 3, 2008, this time as president of an independent Serbia. While in office, Tadić worked toward reconciliation of the former Yugoslav countries, to heal the fallout from the wars of the 1990s. Prior to his presidency, Tadić, a psychologist, served as the last minister of telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and as the first minister of defense of Serbia and Montenegro.

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Webinar on Addressing Violations of Children's Rights in School

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

- Laura Lundy, Queen's University Belfast, UK
- Gabriela Martínez Sainz, Dublin City University, Ireland

Human rights education emphasizes the significance of children learning aboutthrough, and for human rights through their lived experiences. Such experiential learning, however, is often limited to instances of enjoyment of rights and disregards experiences of injustice, exclusion, or discrimination. By neglecting the ‘negative’ experiences, including breaches of their human rights, HRE fails in one of its fundamental aims: empowering individuals to exercise their rights and to respect and uphold the rights of others.  Drawing on a range of legal sources, this article identifies a number of violations of the human rights of children in schools, categorized under five themes: access to school; the curriculum; testing and assessment; discipline; and respect for children’s views. It argues that for HRE to achieve its core purpose, it must enable children to identify and challenge breaches of rights in school and elsewhere. To do so, knowledge of the law, both domestic and international, has a fundamental role to play. The presenters’ full paper can be read here

Human Rights Educators USA is a cosponsor of this webinar series. 

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Summer Institute - Climate Change Education

When: July 28-30
Where: Virtual
Cost: $250
Scholarships available

Join Climate Generation for a virtual conference on climate change education with educators from across the country! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas.  This three-day Institute is structured to allow time for learning and national networking on the first and last days. Educators will attend a regional cohort workshop facilitated by a regional cohort leader on the second day to focus on place-based climate change education and the need for ongoing support throughout the year. This small group of 20-50 educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking. All aspects of the Institute will be held virtually.

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Educators USA is a national network that strives to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education in the United States.   >> Learn more 
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
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