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HRE USA NEWSLETTER                                                                   AUGUST 2015
To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.

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Everyone can play a part in promoting HRE in the U.S.
Seeking Nominations for Edward O'Brien Human Rights Education Award

In memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator and valued member of HRE USA who died suddenly this summer, HRE USA has established the Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award. The award will recognize an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. 

This contribution might be in the form of: 
  1. A material resource (e.g., book, curriculum, video, game, poster, song)
  2. a practice resource (e.g., methodology, outreach program, degree program, policy initiative)
  3. an organization or individual that consistently produces such resources or makes a significant contribution to HRE in the United States
HRE USA encourages members to make nominations for the O’Brien Award.

Deadline:September 15.

Send inquiries for nominations to: Nancy Flowers at
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We Need Your Feedback!

HRE USA would like to get to know you better and understand what we can do as a network to promote and leverage one another’s work. Please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey. Thank you for your time in responding.  

Call your Legislator about ESEA

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act  (ESEA)  is ready for re-authorization. And, this time both the Senate and the House versions contain language calling for education in civics and American history. The Senate Bill specifically includes a Part (Title II, Part C) devoted to American History and Civics Education.

This is good news for human rights educators, but we need to act now, while Congressional delegations are home listening to constituents to make sure ESEA stays HRE friendly and to encourage the inclusion of the broader Senate language in the final bill.
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Support Call for Executive Order on Human Rights in US Government

The USA needs an Executive Order Integrating Human Rights Principles into U.S. Government Practice. 

Civil society advocates at the State Department’s Universal Periodic Review Town Hall Meeting on the US Human Rights Record have proposed an important step to mainstream US domestic compliance with core human rights treaties The Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights proposed that the President Issue an Executive Order creating an Interagency Working Group on Human Rights Implementation. HRE USA agrees,and suggests one further step. 
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Teacher Training: Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Curriculum

September 18 & 19, 2015
9:00AM – 4:00PM
University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus
Price:  $25.00 (includes breakfast & lunch)

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut is partnering with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to introduce teachers to the Speak Truth To Power (STTP) human rights curriculum. This two-day workshop will provide participants with training in STTP lessons, resources, and projects, along with guidance in integrating the curriculum into district and school-level standards. For those unable to take two days to attend this exciting program we offer a one-day option.  >> Learn More and Register
National Education Association Education and Advocacy Resources!

The NEA Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Department understands that education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand as we work to support an increasingly diverse mosaic of students and educators who must feel welcome in our public schools.

>> See this flyer for their latest education and advocacy resources
>> Learn more about  NEA HCR trainings and tools  

Human Rights Watch
Student Task Force Institute

The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force hosted a two-day summer institute, July 27-29. Educators, administrators and students gathered at Palisades Charter High School, in Pacific Palisades, to gain knowledge about the historical and contemporary significance of human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, and to reinforce the skills and values to uphold human rights.

Human rights education (HRE) expert and HRE USA Co-Founder, Nancy Flowers, joined participants from Palisades Charter High School, Harvard-Westlake, LAUSD and Aspire Ollin University Prep to develop curriculum and school-wide plans for implementing HRE. Participants discussed why HRE is essential to high school education and began planning how to integrate HRE into their coursework this fall.

Participants from Palisades Charter High School will reconvene in October to share their curriculum experiences and plan how to continue expanding HRE on campus. Check out these resources from the training:
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