Social and emotional learning: are you using it in your classroom?

When: July 21 & July 30
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Calling all educators! Join the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) program for two workshops later this month that will concentrate on the connection between social and emotional learning (SEL) and human rights education. Check out the details below and register today!

Session 1—Tuesday, July 21 at 4:00pm EDT
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Explore the intersections between SEL and human rights education
  • Learn how to build social-emotional competence that is needed to become a human rights defender

Session 2—Thursday, July 30 at 2:00pm EDT 
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Examine SEL core competencies within human rights and racial equity frameworks
  • Collaborate with other teachers to apply an equity lens to the STTP lesson plans

If you have questions, please contact us at

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HRE USA Welcomes Two New Regional Representatives

HRE USA has a national network of chapters with regional representatives who volunteer to serve as contact persons for human rights educators in their region, state, or city. HRE USA is excited to welcome two new representatives for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.  


John Terry is a social studies teacher in New Jersey public schools, where he has participated in the NJ state chapter of HRE USA, and led efforts in school districts to integrate human rights into their current curricula and to design stand-alone courses in human rights. To this end, he has developed model lessons and resources for the HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide and provided professional development to educators in NJ through district in-service sessions and state-wide conferences. John holds degrees and certifications from the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and Montclair State University, and has completed formal training in Human Rights Education through the University of San Francisco.


Rachel Bergsieker is a passionate advocate for human rights education based in Washington, DC. Rachel formerly served as the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Human Rights Learning Associate, where she worked to expand human rights education in DC schools. Managing AFSC’s Human Rights Learning Program, she co-authored the curriculum for a DC Public School (DCPS) high school social studies elective course entitled “Human Rights and Social Action.” In its first year, the elective was offered at 3 DCPS high schools, reaching over 80 students. Rachel is excited to continue to build a culture of human rights in DC in this new role.

Contact the regional representative nearest you and get involved with human rights education in your area!

>> Learn more about HRE USA Regional Chapters

Join the 2020 Steering Committee

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are TWO open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2020.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Kirby Edmonds

USHRN Human Rights Report

The US Human Rights Network recently released its annual human rights report.  This year’s report takes an entirely new form from previous years, spotlighting nearly a dozen member organizations and members from the communities they serve. The report strives to bridge the gap between the human rights framework and the lived reality of people directly impacted by human rights violations. By focusing on the voices of their members, the report serves as a platform for them to tell their stories. 

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Stay-In-Stitute for Climate Change Education

When: July 22-24, 2020
Where: Virtual conference
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
Credits: 20 hours of Continuing education and 2 graduate credits available

Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together! Virtual learning experiences offer a unique opportunity to make connections across our public and at-home learning spaces that don’t exist in the traditional system.

This three-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen, and into your backyard and neighborhood to do authentic scientific and social data collection, move your body, and make observations of the world around you. On-screen time will be segmented into at most two-hours at a time, and small group online experiences will occur daily, as well as optional evening events.

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Teach and Demand Justice for George Floyd

The horrifying and senseless death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has thrown the State of Minnesota and the entire country into a state of grief and turmoil.

It’s yet another example of the racism that black, brown and indigenous peoples in the United States live with every day. It’s also an opportunity for us to join together and rewrite the rules so everyone, with no exceptions, can thrive without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.

As Pedro Noguera wrote, “Educators. This is a teachable moment. Don’t be afraid to teach about the meaning of justice and the murder of George Floyd by the police. Our students are watching.”

Here are some things you can do.

Anti-Racism Teaching Resources:

Organizations/funds to donate to:

Actions to take:

People’s Historians Online Mini-Classes

When: Fridays throughout May and June
Time: 11 am Pacific, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Every Friday, as part of their People’s Historians Online Series, the Zinn Education Project presents a 75-minute mini-class featuring phenomenal teachers, authors, and professors from around the United States. 

Participants can look forward to learning through stories about people’s history, meeting other educators, and finding a road map forward in the midst of this pandemic. As one participant said, “Thank you for getting us together and giving me hope that we are not alone and that we can think and act ourselves out of this pandemic.”

The sessions are designed for teachers and other school staff, however, parents, students, and others are welcome to participate. ASL interpretation is provided. Upcoming sessions include: 

  • June 5: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 1 – Manisha Sinha in conversation with an educator
  • June 12: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 2 – Martha Jones in conversation with Tiffany Mitchell Patterson
  • June 19: Reconstruction and Juneteenth – Greg Carr in conversation with Jessica Rucker
  • June 26: Women in the Black Freedom Struggle – Jeanne Theoharis in conversation with Jesse Hagopian

>> Learn more and register