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 AUGUST 2018
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

Calling All Artists! Poster Contest!

HRE USA is pleased to announce the official launch of the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest to celebrate the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to: 

  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 24, 2018 (United Nations Day).

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

>> Learn more and enter

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  Poster Contest
  New Committee Members 


  Counter Hate in Schools


  Youth Involvement in SDGs 
  SIMA Discount
  Nominations - Dodd Prize


  Teach Reconstruction 
  Article: What Would MLK JR. say?
  Article: The Trump Effect & HRE
  Nobel Peace Prize Forum
  Amnesty Regional Conferences

Welcome New Steering Committee Members

The votes are in and we excited to welcome Laura Michalski and Lina Lenberg as the two newest elected members to the HRE USA Steering Committee:
(San Franciso, CA)

Assistant Head of School,
Woodside International School 
(Chicago, IL)
Teacher/Sign Language Interpreter,
Chicago Public Schools

The Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the election. We look forward to serving our membership and continuing to carry out the mission of HRE USA to build a vibrant base of support for HRE in the United States.  

>> Read full bios for HRE USA's Steering Committee

Counter Hate in Schools 

Since Teaching Tolerance began tracking hate and bias incidents at school in October 2017, they've recorded 496 reports spanning 47 states and Washington, D.C.  A recent UCLA study found that teachers are seeing increased incivility, intolerance and polarization in classrooms. 

“Back to school” shouldn’t mean “back to hate.” 

To counter this rise of discrimination, hatred, and bigotry in our society and in our schools, the Southern Poverty Law Center has joined forces with 20 other education advocacy groups, including HRE USA, to counter hate in American schools. This coalition is committed to providing resources and support so schools may effectively respond to hateful acts and create learning environments where every student feels welcome.

Read the full statement and add your name* to the list of supporters who believe hate has no place in schools. If you represent an education organization that would like to add your group’s name to this statement, please email
>> Sign on to the Join Statement
>> Learn more

To counter hate in your school, Teaching Tolerance suggests the following: 

  1. Be prepared. Use our Responding to Hate and Bias at School guide to learn what to do before, during and after a crisis. Having protocols in place at the beginning of the school year helps increase administrators’ and teachers’ confidence that they’ll be able to effectively address incidents and alleviate tension. 
  2. Develop a zero intolerance policy. Follow our Speak Up at School guide to help respond to prejudice, bias, and stereotypes every day in the classroom. 
  3. Take on controversial topics and encourage civil discourse. Civil Discourse in the Classroom lays the groundwork. Let’s Talk! provides strategies to facilitate discussions that might elicit strong emotions. 
  4. Create a community where all students can thrive. Use our Social Justice Standards to guide you in the engagement of anti-bias education. Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education ensures teachers can improve academic outcomes by building intergroup awareness, encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice.

Youth Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

EOTO World is an official partner of MyWorld2030 that is working to educate global youth about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and amplify citizen voices in the monitoring and evaluation of SDG progress. The 17 SDGs are focused on eradicating poverty, ensuring sustainable development, building peaceful, inclusive societies and leaving no one behind. Want to do more for SDGs? Work with EOTO World to educate others and expand the dialogue. Start by taking this 5 min survey in your language: Get youth involved and have them share their perspective here: along with #EOTOWorld4SDGs. Your story could be featured!

>> Learn more

Sima Classroom Discount

Get ready to head back into the classroom with this special offer from the "Netflix of Social Impact Education." Enjoy a 50% discount on all membership levels for SIMA Classroom from now until September 5. Simply enter the coupon code to receive this limited time offer: SIMAb2s18. 

>> Subscribe now

Call for Nominations: 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights

Nominations are open for 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize which is awarded biennially by the University of Connecticut and is presented to an individual or group who has had significant impact advancing the cause of international justice and global human rights.

Nomination Deadline: 1 October 2018.

>> Learn more

Teach Reconstruction

Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity. Yet the possibilities and achievements of this era are too often overshadowed by the violent white supremacist backlash.

The Zinn Education Project offers lessons for middle and high school, a student campaign to make Reconstruction history visible in their communities, and an annotated list of recommended teaching guides, student-friendly books, primary document collections, and films.

>> Learn more

What Would Martin Luther King Jr. Say? Teaching the Historical and Practical Past to Promote Human Rights in Education

This article, recently published in the Journal of Human Rights Practice, by Thomas Nygren and Brian Johnsrud, examines ongoing history education in which teachers try to promote a more radical human rights perspective on the history and legacy of MLK by contrasting contemporary uses of history with primary sources from the era of the civil rights movement. This study highlights important potentials and limitations in the attempts to teach students about, through and for human rights by making the past both historical and practical. This study also illustrates ways that promoting alternative historical perspectives can help students interrogate the past alongside their own present.

 Read >>

The Trump Effect, Children and The Value of Human Rights Education

Jonathan Todres has a recent article in the Family Court Review that examines the impact of Trump's rhetoric on children and their communities and explores the role that human rights education can play in responding to Trump and forging broader support for human rights. The article reviews the research on human rights education and considers how human rights education can be embedded in broader efforts to educate children. Using children's literature as a case study, the article argues for the importance of mainstreaming human rights education and meeting children where they are, in order to foster greater recognition of and respect for the rights of all individuals."

 Read >>full article

30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum


When: September 13-15, 2018
Where: Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN 
Cost: $25-$130 

 The 30th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate). The forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.  Join us in honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have navigated these paradoxes. 

>> Learn more and register

Amnesty International USA Regional Conferences


When: October - November
Where: Various Locations throughout the US 
Cost: $15-35 

 Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the 2018 Regional Conferences throughout the months of October through November in locations across the United States. Regional conferences bring together Amnesty members and other human rights activists to continue the tradition of engaging in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, and hands-on skill-building workshops, as well as shaping the policies of the organization.  As activists, you will be challenged to initiate change within your own communities. This will only happen with you – we need you there!

>> 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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