We're delighted that Emilie and Dana Buchwald of The Gryphon Press could join us on Connected Roots! The mission of The Gryphon Press is to publish beautifully illustrated children's picture books about the vital issues that animals - domestic, wild, and farmed - face, and to present those issues in such a way that children gain insights into and develop empathy for every animal life. The Gryphon Press titles showcase a range of important issues and ideas in humane education, including responsible pet guardianship, animal abuse and neglect, empathy development, and adoption and fostering. Additionally, many of their titles feature free, downloadable teaching guides.
Learn more about The Gryphon Press and how their books have changed the landscape for humane education and empathy development in young people around the world.
About our Guests:
Emilie Buchwald, Publisher, is a writer, editor, award-winning children’s book author and teacher. Several years before founding The Gryphon Press, she retired as publisher of the nationally acclaimed nonprofit literary press Milkweed Editions, which she founded. She has received several awards for her work in the service of literature, including the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and The National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award. Emilie is the author of two award-winning children’s novels, Gildaen and Floramel and Esteban.
Dana Buchwald, Associate Publisher, has worked as an attorney, as well as a producer, director, writer, and interviewer in theater and radio. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College and a Law Degree from Washington College of Law at American University. Dana is a senior district leader with the Humane Society of the United States and has served on the board of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE). She volunteers with several animal advocacy groups to lobby on behalf of all animals, domestic, wild, and farmed.
On our very first episode, we welcome Dr. Stephanie Itle-Clark, President and Chief Academic Officer of the Academy of Prosocial Learning (APL).
APL is a hub for education professionals looking to bring student-centered learning, social and emotional growth, and critical thinking into their work. APL offers the premier humane education credentialing program, the only national registry of humane education specialists, and helps clients achieve their goals by providing professional development, curriculum frameworks, and guidance they need in order to be successful.
Stephanie joins us on Connected Roots to share why humane education is so important, how APL is contributing to professionalizing humane education, and to provide some valuable resources for those working in the field.
About our Guest:
Stephanie began her journey in humane education as a classroom teacher, where she infused humane education into the curriculum. She founded the Academy for Prosocial Learning in 2016 to answer the demand for humane and prosocial education grounded in educational theory, and she provides courses and international consulting services for school districts, sheltering professionals, and formal and informal educators looking to grow in the area of humane and prosocial education. Stephanie holds advanced degrees from Fielding Graduate University, Wilkes University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a board member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) and on the United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee.