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Humane Education Resources

Following are a selection of organizations that offer important resources to those working in the field of, or interested in, humane education.

Humane Society Academy

Humane Society Academy offers a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program, featuring self-paced courses that guide participants in conducting effective teacher in-services, exploring storytelling as a teaching device, and identifying the connections between humane education and the preschool curriculum, middle-school and high-school service learning, character education, and presentation techniques. Course content is based on extensive research, and courses are centered on engaging activities with a wealth of practical tips and field-tested strategies for working with children, teens, school faculty, and youth leaders. Enhance your credentials and become more confident and comfortable at advancing humane education within your own community! The Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program will help animal care and control administrators, board members, humane education specialists, and humane law enforcement officers enhance their credentials and use their limited time and resources in the most effective ways possible.

Institute for Humane Education

Mission: To Create a just, humane, and sustainable world through education

The IHE Believes that education is the key to creating a just, humane, and sustainable world for all people, animals, and the environment. They offer programs and resources designed to train, educate, and inspire people to become humane educators and changemakers, and to live with compassion and integrity while working to solve the most pressing challenges of our time.

They achieve this by:

  • offering education and training opportunities, including five accredited graduate programs and workshops, for people all over the world
  • providing relevant resources and tools for educators, activists, and citizens
  • advancing the field of humane education and working to redefine the purpose of education

The National Humane Education Society

Mission: To foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.

The NHES provides humane education, rescue and relief assistance for animals, and screened adoption services.  Through the humane education and advocacy department, they provide educational presentations to all ages and information services to members as well as to the general public.

Association of Professional Humane Educators

Mission: To empower those who promote empathy through education

APHE will uphold the highest standards of practice in humane education.

APHE promotes humane education, advances standards of excellence in humane education practices, and provides professional development, resources, and networking for those who foster empathy toward people, animals and the environment.

The APHE also hosts an annual conference and a newsletter and listserv for members.

Latham Foundation

A clearinghouse for information about:

  • Humane issues and activities
  • The human-companion animal bond (HCAB)
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • The connections between child and animal abuse and other forms of violence

Latham is a producer and distributor of affordable videos and publications on the above topics and the publisher of the Latham Letter.

HEART

Mission: To foster compassion and respect for all living beings and the environment by educating youth and teachers in humane education.

HEART’s services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental preservation. Their direct services to educators and students, as well as their advocacy efforts, enable HEART to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world. By linking their age-appropriate instructional program to their service-based learning program, HEART gives students the tools to make positive changes.

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