Roots and Shoots

Roots & Shoots was founded by Jane Goodall, DBE in 1991, with the goal of bringing together youth from preschool to university age to work on environmental, conservation, and humanitarian issues.  Educators can join their Roots & Shoots global community, and get access to a variety of resources to nurture the next generation of compassionate change-makers and leaders with 21st-century learning skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, empathy, and collaboration. The Roots & Shoots model and curriculum guides students through the 4-Step Formula to identify projects, grow compassionate traits, and teach skills to cultivate a generation of change-makers. The program also offers From mini-grants and online courses for teachers. 

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Take the GLSEN National School Climate Survey

The 2021 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN’s twelfth national survey of LGBTQ+ youth. It is a crucial tool in GLSEN’s mission for fighting anti-LGBTQ+ bias in K-12 schools across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN to inform education policymakers and the public about the right of all students to be treated with respect in their schools. Many students in the past have also used the survey information to advocate with their teachers and principals for safer schools for LGBTQ+ students.

Who can take the survey: If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2020-2021), identify as LGBTQ+, and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school! You are eligible to take this survey if you attended school online, or in person, or a combination of the two. You are also eligible even if you attended school for only part of the year. The survey is completely anonymous.

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Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture

When: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (CET – Central European Time)
Where: Live Stream on Youtube –
Cost: FREE

As part of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the second Annual
Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture will focus on the theme of contemporary forms of racial
discrimination. The lecture is held in collaboration with the African Group of Ambassadors in Geneva. The lecture will be presented online and will reflect on the achievements and remaining challenges of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. 

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) was held in 2001 in Durban, South Africa. Its outcome document, the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was the foremost mechanism which would serve towards bringing the international community towards speaking with a single voice emphasising that such intolerance would not be acceptable.

The Knotted Line

The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025, The Knotted Line asks: how is freedom measured? Just as importantly, The Knotted Line imagines a new world through the work of grassroots movements for self-determination.  This project has three major components:

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National Teachers Law School – Navigating Social Justice and Democracy in Classrooms

When: July 28-29, 2021
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

The National Teachers Law School is a crash course in civics for teachers, led by experienced lawyers, law professors, and members of the judiciary. The ultimate goal of the program is to equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to foster an appreciation among their students for the value of the American civil and criminal legal systems. This is a free two-day webinar.

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Teaching Black History Conference

When: July 23-25
Time: 8 am – 4 pm CT
Where: Live Stream
Cost: $99

Over 60 presentations from K-12 educators around the world!  Mark your calendars for the virtual 2021 Teaching Black History Conference! This year’s conference will honor the men and women of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street (coined by Booker T. Washington) as well as other Black communities that gained economic independence along with those who were victimized by racial violence.

Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach PK-12 Black history in both history and humanities courses. Teachers gain tangible strategies to incorporate in their classrooms that focus on content and pedagogy, active learning, support and collaboration, and instructional approaches.

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Teaching for Equity and Justice Summit

When: July 13-15
Time: 11:30 – 4:30 ET
Where: Live Stream
Cost: $50

This summit organized by Facing History and Ourselves aims to support educators and school leaders both individually and collectively as they move to culturally inclusive and equitable practices where all students can find their voice, become critical thinkers, and are fully engaged in their education.

Across the country, educators and administrators are acknowledging that schools themselves—both the practice of schooling and the outcomes students are achieving—are not equitable across lines of race and class. Facing History and Ourselves has designed a professional development model to help educators address these troubling and historically rooted disparities.

Through interactive and critically conscious pedagogy, educators will examine the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and gain the tools necessary to address these barriers to equity. This summit will feature a live keynote presentation by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius, focusing on culturally and historically responsive literacy.

Participants will receive 15 professional development hours.

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Join the HRE USA Steering Committee

Help shape the future of human rights education. 

Nominate yourself or a colleague to join our Steering Committee. Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 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 2021.


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For further inquiries, please contact Kristi Rudelius-Palmer

FREE Training: Restorative Justice in our Schools: Building Sustainable, Community-Based Solutions to Conflict and Harm

When: Tuesdays, July 20, July 27, and August 3, 2021
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Where:  Online
Cost: FREE

The free weekly workshops, led by Cymone Fuller and Sia Henry of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, will explore how educators can bring restorative justice practices and human rights principles into the classroom—modeling alternatives to punishment, including mediation and agreement, that allow students to develop deeper empathy, patience, active listening skills, ownership over their learning environment, and responsible decision making to support their social-emotional wellbeing for years and decades to come.

The three-part training series will feature local community leaders and human rights defenders who have put these principles into practice in their work to combat racial and ethnic disparities inside the classroom and in their communities. Educators will learn how restorative justice practices can be applied to end the school-to-prison pipeline and improve community well-being.

You can choose to attend one or more of the upcoming sessions:

July 20, 2021: 1st session – Restorative Justice Frameworks and Paradigms
July 27, 2021: 2nd session – Building a Restorative Space in Your Community and School
August 3, 2021: 3rd Session – Stories of Human Rights Defenders Impacted by Restorative Justice

For more information on the restorative justice training series, visit or email

New Book: Influences of the IEA Civic & Citizenship Education Studies

This new open access book from IEA (the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement), entitled, Influences of the IEA Civic and Citizenship
Education Studies: Practice, Policy, and Research Across Countries and Regions
, identifies the multiple ways that IEA’s studies of civic and citizenship education have contributed to national and international educational discourse, research, policymaking, and practice. The IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS), first conducted in 2009, was followed by a second cycle in 2016. The project was linked to the earlier IEA Civic Education Study (CIVED 1999, 2000). IEA’s ICCS remains the only large-scale international study dedicated to formal and informal civic and citizenship education in school.  It continues to make substantial contributions to understanding the nature of the acquired civic knowledge, attitudes, and participatory skills. It also discusses in-depth how a wide range of countries prepare their young people for citizenship in changing political, social, and economic circumstances.  The next cycle of ICCS is planned for 2022.

In this book, more than 20 national representatives and international scholars from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America assess how the processes and findings of the 2009 and 2016 cycles of ICCS and CIVED 1999/2000 have been used to improve nations’ understanding of their students’ civic knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, current civic-related behaviors, and intentions for future participation in a comparative context.  There are also chapters summarizing the secondary analysis of those studies’ results indicating their usefulness for educational improvement and reflecting on policy issues.

The analyses and reflections in this book provide timely insight into international educational discourse, policy, practice, and research in an area of education that is becoming increasingly important for many societies.