Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers
HEART's humane education programs seek to instill compassion and respect for other people, animals and the environment and give students the tools to make positive and long lasting change. 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 2012 there was a continued focus on incorporating service learning into all aspects of the organizations 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 continued to run their Have a Heart summer camp for the second year in partnership with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the South Bronx.
In July of 2012 HEART added an office in Portland OR which now joins Chicago and Indianapolis as geographic expansion cities outside the headquarters office in New York. 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 140 lessons and help bring humane education to various geographic areas with the long term goal of bringing humane education into the mainstream where it should have been all along.
In 2012 HEART was again awarded a $50,000 grant from the ASPCA that was used for growing a number of programs in New York as well as Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland OR.
Please see HEART's web site at www.teachhumane.org.