On episode 11, we welcome Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind. As the humane education division of PETA, TeachKind helps schools and educators promote kindness and compassion for animals through free lesson plans, classroom presentations, materials, advice, online resources, and more. TeachKind believes teaching kids to have empathy for all beings is a big step toward building a better, more compassionate world.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots for helpful advice, resources, and inspiring stories of humane education in action. You'll also learn how TeachKind cultivates relationships with teachers and reaches many thousands of learners annually.
About our Guest:
Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind, the humane education division at PETA, creates lessons and provides guidance to teachers around the world to help them integrate compassion for animals into their curriculum. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and has received awards for her teaching such as being a semi-finalist in the New York City Teacher Excellence Awards - this was due in large part to her work in humane education. She serves on the Executive Board of the United Federation of Teachers – Humane Education Committee and has conducted teacher workshops on animal rights issues for 15 years.
Kim Korona joins us on Connected Roots to share her experiences at HEART - Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers. HEART’s mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. They offer in-school programs, teacher trainings, consulting, and a wide range of humane education resources for educators.
Listen to this episode to learn about all of HEART's resources, valuable advice for educators, heartwarming stories of humane education in action, and HEART's recent selection for the Excellence in Humane Education Award.
About our Guest:
Kim Korona, Senior Program Director at HEART, helps plan, manage and lead various program offerings for HEART. She teaches humane education programs for youth of all ages in various venues in school and out of school, assists with curriculum development, conducts teacher training workshops for traditional and non-traditional educators, and manages new volunteers. She also co-designed and taught HEART’s first ever summer camp program. Kim received her B.A. from Goddard College/Green Mountain College and M.Ed. from Cambridge College, in association with the Institute for Humane Education.
This episode of Connected Roots is made possible thanks to generous support from our donor, Judy Crumpton. When asked why she sponsors Connected Roots, Judy says episodes of HEC’s podcast provide an excellent tool in connecting like-minded people across the globe. We’re grateful for your support, Judy!
On episode five, we welcome Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO of RedRover. The mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and education. Using innovative solutions to prevent animal cruelty and neglect, RedRover is educating youth and building a more compassionate future through the power of empathy, resilience, and the human-animal bond.
In this episode, you'll learn about RedRover Readers, the new Empathy App, and the recent addition of Kind News Magazine to RedRover's remarkable collection of programs and resources.
About our Guest:
As the President and CEO of RedRover, Nicole keeps the organization vigilant for ways to improve the lives of animals far into the future. She holds Master’s degrees in Communication and Animal Biology, with a welfare focus, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education.
It was a privilege to talk with Shilpa Jain, Executive Director of YES! This social-profit organization connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just, and regenerative ways of life for all.
YES! helps young leaders to create deepened alignment between their core values, their lives, relationships, and social impact. Through events, Jams, a robust website, and a support network for young leaders from more than 65 nations, YES! is helping a generation to bring visionary leadership to the transformation of our world. Listen to our latest episode to learn more about this inspiring organization's history, transformative programs, and beneficial resources.
About our Guest:
Shilpa Jain is currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES! Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning. Shilpa has facilitated dozens of transformative leadership gatherings worldwide, working with hundreds of young leaders from over 80 countries. She was founding coordinator of the Global Youth Leadership Collaborative, a network of 15 Jam facilitators from 14 countries that has collectively produced dozens of international gatherings for young changemakers, and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to small-scale grassroots social change innovations worldwide.
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.
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