(Re)View HRE USA 101 Webinar

HRE USA would like to thank everyone who participated in our new membership webinar last month. If you missed it or would like to review or share the video and resources, we have made the entire webinar available online. 

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We also encourage you to connect with your regional chapter. If you do not see a chapter or representative in your area and would like to serve, please let us know. Also be sure to check out our HRE online library if you haven’t already!

If you have any questions, are interested in learning more about or joining any of our committees or projects, or have a new idea, please let us know. We are always looking for new members to carry out important HRE initiatives. Just email info@hreusa.org and we will reply within a few days. 

Supporting Students Through Coronavirus

By Teaching Tolerance

Educators are doing a tremendous job right now supporting students and families through the COVID-19 pandemic. Teaching Tolerance has developed the following resources to support student well-being and learning during school closures. 

SIMA Classroom – One Month FREE

As academic institutions across the world make the switch from in-person classes to online learning in response to public safety surrounding coronavirus, SIMA Classroom would like to provide their support by offering ONE MONTH of FREE access to SIMA Classroom, the “Netflix of Global Education”. 

No auto-renew. No strings attached. Just a quick and easy fast track to online learning.  Should a recurring membership be desired after one month, users can simply navigate to our subscription page or email us directly at edu@simaclassroom.com. Plans start at $8/mo.

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Congress Needs To Do More To Address The Coronavirus Crisis

Close the Homework Gap

More money is needed for the Education Stabilization Fund to help fill state budget gaps so students don’t suffer and educators aren’t laid off. Congress should increase funding for the E-Rate program by at least $2 billion to help close the “homework gap” experienced by students who don’t have access to the internet at home.

Tell Congress to Include Student Debt Cancellation in COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on the health and economic security of families and individuals. As Congress considers additional legislation to help the millions who are suffering, measures to ease the burden of our nation’s 45 million student loan borrowers should be included. The average educator begins a career with about $35,000 in student loan debt. The Student Debt Emergency Relief Act (H.R. 6363), introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), would cancel at least $30,000 in outstanding student loan debt, boosting consumer spending and reducing the financial strain on educators and other borrowers.

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FREE Resources for Moving to a Virtual Classroom

The coronavirus pandemic has led every US state to close schools and turn to online learning.  In response, many education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways.

Here are several free or discounted online learning resources that pre-K-12 students and educators can use to keep up the learning from home.

All-around curriculum

Early learning activities, videos, and games


  •  ABCmouse: free home access for students to ReadingIQ and Adventure AcademyABCmouse.com
  • Audible: free streaming audiobooks for kids
  • Storyline Online: streams videos featuring award-winning actors reading children’s books with illustrations
  • Time for Kids: free digital library of the Time for Kids magazine for K-6 students
  • Epic: a digital library for kids age 12 and under of over 40,000 books, audiobooks, and videos
  • Rivet: Rivet is a free, AI-based kids’ reading app designed for developing readers ages 5 to 10
  • Marvel Hero Tales: storytelling game app designed to help develop language and reading skills for kids age 7 to 11
  • Wonderscope: free reading app for students age 6 and up to learn from home
  • Achieve3000: free, differentiated online learning resources for educators and students in grades PreK-12
  • The Moth: free videos with a story and a teaching guide


  • Prodigy Math: free online math platform that reinforces math skills through video game-style play.
  • Beast Academy Online: interactive, web-based math program for students ages 8 to 13
  • Mystery Science: free science lessons for grade K-5
  • Minecraft Education: Explore the International Space Station, learn to code, visit famous landmarks, or learn about marine biology.
  • CodeSpark Academy three months of this K-5 platform to help kids learn to code


  • Duolingo free language learning app that helps kids (and adults) learn a language through short, game-like exercises.
  • Babbel free language app for K-12 and college students through mid-June
  • Rosetta Stone: three months of free language learning to K12 students.
  • Lingvist: free use of all its language-learning tools until July 31
  • Busuu: free live language lessons to students age 5 to 14
  • Droplets: free use of their language learning platform for students age 8 to 17

Advanced Placement

  • Fiveable: free social learning platform for high school students and teachers focused on Advanced Placement test preparation


Virtual field trips

Google Arts and Culture: Travel to art museums around the world

Join the Human Rights Movement


At HRE USA we believe human rights education is key to ensuring a future in which all people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. 

Please consider supporting HRE USA today by becoming a member and joining the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the country who are united in the common mission to promote human dignity, justice, and peace through human rights education (HRE) within the United States.

Your tax-deductible annual membership contribution enables us to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States. As an individual or organizational member, you have access to exclusive benefits including a FREE HRE Resource Pack, discounts, webinars, professional development, and more. 

Join today and receive an extra two months of membership for free!  


Already a member? Consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help us ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect the human rights of themselves and others.

We cannot do this work without YOU!

Thank you for all that you do to support human rights education and on behalf of everyone here at HRE USA, HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!

HRE USA Honors Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Human Rights Educators USA honors Human Right Watch’s LA-based Student Task Force (STF) with a special Youth Engagement Recognition. The youth leadership-training program, which engages high school students and educators from the Los Angeles area and empowers them to advocate for human rights issues, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA), a national network promoting human rights education in the United States, makes this award in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. HRE USA recognizes STF’s leadership in the promotion of children’s rights and its youth activism locally, nationally, and internationally. As STF Founder and Executive Director Pam Bruns said, “This recognition will mean so much to our teachers and students. It is a strong affirmation of our mission and the dedicated work by our LA youth.”

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HRE USA Reception & O’Brien Awards Gala


When: Friday, November 22
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Roosevelt House, The Four Freedoms Room, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Cost: FREE

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) cordially invites you to a reception to celebrate the 2019 winners of the Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education: Monica Curca of Activate Labs and the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC). HRE USA will also recognize David Shiman with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education. >> Learn more about the 2019 O’Brien award winners

 The program will begin at 6 pm. Please RSVP by November 20th

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This event is co-hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education and the Roosevelt House Human Rights Education Program at Hunter College

The O’Brien Award was established in 2015 in memory of Edward O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, to recognize both an individual and an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. 

Show Your Support For Children’s Rights!

As part of the Every Child, Every Right Campaign in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), HRE USA invites you to upload and share a short video answering the question:

Why is the CRC important to you and/or your community?
What actions are you and/or your community taking to support the CRC?

Please share any thoughts, actions, or ideas that will inspire others to promote children’s rights!  Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes.

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