Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers
HEART's humane education programs seek to instill compassion and respect for other people, animals and the environment and provide students the tools to make positive changes. HEART has specially designed age-appropriate instructional programs taught by their own staff of humane education instructors. Humane Education is required by state mandate to be taught in all public elementary schools in New York with a loss of public funding if the law is not adhered to. In reality, few teachers or administrators are even aware of the law and HEART is one of the few organizations providing critical humane education services.
In 2013 there was a continued focus on incorporating service learning into all aspects of the organizationís programming, including both the in-class program and the after-school and out of school programs. In addition, HEART continued to expand and broaden the program to train teachers and other professionals to teach HEART lessons in their own schools and other venues. HEART also ran the Have a Heart summer camp for the third year in partnership with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the South Bronx and co-sponsored a ground breaking humane education conference in New York City with over 450 attendees.
HEART continued to expand its national reach through its offices in Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon. The goal of the HEART expansion cities is not only to extend HEART's curriculum to those cities, but also to help form a national network that can increasingly leverage the curriculum that now includes over 160 lessons.
Please see HEART's web site at www.teachhumane.org.